MFA Open House and Happy Hour

Date & Time 
Thu, 01/24/2013 - 18:00 to 19:30

Please join us for an MFA Open House Happy Hour with wine, cheese, and music!

Brenda Hillman featured on Verse Daily

Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program Director Brenda Hillman's poem "After the Feast at the Year's End" has been featured on Verse Daily, an independently owned daily publication of quality poetry.

MFA Open House Happy Hour

Date & Time 
Thu, 01/24/2013 - 18:00 to 19:00
Please join us for a MFA Open House Happy Hour with wine, cheese, and music!  Have questions about the application process or the MFA program in general?  Alumni of our program will be on site to tell you about their student experience and let you know how their MFA influenced their lives after graduation.  Professors Marilyn Abildskov (creative nonfiction), Brenda Hillman (poetry), and Lysley Tenorio (fiction) will also be there to answer your questions.  

Life After the MFA

Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 2:35-3:35 P.M., in Hagerty Lounge

Colby Gillette

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

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.


Rashaan Alexis Meneses

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

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.


For more information contact:
Sara Mumolo or (925) 631-8556

Faculty Profile: Brenda Hillman

By Erin Hallissy
Photography by Toby Burditt

Finding the Words

Brenda Hillman sees metaphors all around her. Like the time she was at Point Reyes feeling panicky about returning to teaching after a sabbatical, and she saw a heron go into a pond and snatch a frog.

Weekly Vigil for Peace

By John Grennan
Photography by Gabrielle Diaz '11

English professor Brenda Hillman began a weekly peace vigil in fall 2007 to spread the message around campus that the United States should withdraw from Iraq.


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