Four authors discuss life after the MFA and cover topics such as agents, teaching, the PhD, a Fulbright, and writing residencies.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 2:35-3:35 P.M., in Hagerty Lounge
Colby Gillette is a PhD candidate in English at UNLV, where he is the Poetry Editor for the journal, Witness. He holds a MFA from Saint Mary’s College of California and currently lives and writes in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Brenda Hillman holds the Olivia Filippi Chair in Poetry at Saint Mary's and is the MFA Program Director. Her books include Fortress, Death Tractates, Bright Existence, Loose Sugar, Cascadia, Pieces of Air in the Epic, Practical Water, and Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire. She is the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the William Carlos Williams Prize for poetry. She is also the co-editor of The Grand Permission: New Writings on Poetics and Motherhood. A recipient of Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, she serves on the permanent faculty of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Napa Valley Writers' Conference.
Born and raised in the seismically fractured and diverse landscape of California, Rashaan Alexis Meneses earned her MFA from Saint Mary’s College of California’s Creative Writing Program where she was named a Jacob K. Javits Fellow. She was recently awarded 2013 fellowships at The MacDowell Colony and The Retreat for Writers at Hawthornden Castle in Scotland, and named a finalist in 2009 for A Room of Her Own Foundation’s The Gift of Freedom Award. Current publications include a personal essay in Doveglion Press, short stories in the Australia based literary journal Kurungabaa, UC Riverside’s The Coachella Review, University of North Carolina’s Pembroke Magazine, and the anthology, Growing Up Filipino II: More Stories for Young Adults. She currently teaches as Adjunct Professor for Liberal & Civic Studies at Saint Mary’s College of California.
Joshua Mohr is the author of four novels, including Damascus, which The New York Times called “Beat-poet cool.” He has also written Some Things that Meant the World to Me, one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009, and a San Francisco Chronicle best seller, as well as Termite Parade, an Editors’ Choice on The New York Times Best Sellers List. He lives in San Francisco and teaches in the MFA program at the University of San Francisco. His latest novel, Fight Song, was published in 2013 by Soft Skull Press.
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