Three SMC MFA Authors nominated for Northern California Book Awards

Three SMC MFA Authors are nominated for the 34th Annual Northern California Book Award, two in poetry and one in Children's Literature.
The Nominees for Poetry are our own poetry faculty, Matthew Zapruder and alumna, Rusty Morrison (poetry, '99).:

POETRY
Like a Beggar, Ellen Bass, Copper Canyon Press
Here, Maxine Chernoff, Counterpath 
Small Disasters Seen in Sunlight, Julia B. Levine, Louisiana State University Press
Beyond the Chainlink, Rusty Morrison, Ahsahta Press 

Professor Matthew Zapruder will be teaching a LitQuake poetry class

Matthew Zapruder - Making Lightning Strike: Don't Wait for the Muse

Guggenheim fellow Matthew Zapruder is author of four books of poetry, including the New York Times Notable Come On All You Ghosts. In this class, he asks: how can we write poetry amidst our busy lives and be proactive in our creative work? You will leave with solutions, and a draft of a new poem.

This class includes three full hours of instruction and concludes with a reception in Litquake’s downtown San Francisco office. Classes are limited to 15 students.

MFA Fiction Professor, Lysley Tenorio Receives American Academy's Rome Prize

The MFA Program in Creative Writing and English Department are thrilled to announce a major achievement for fiction professor, Lysley Tenorio. Tenorio has received the American Academy Rome Prize, a year long residency at the American Academy in Rome. It's a prize available only to those nominated, no applications. 

Brenda Hillman appearing at "Geography of Hope: Women & Land" conference

Our own Brenda Hillman, Olivia C. Filippi Professor of Poetry, will be one of several distinguished guests at the sold out  “Geography of Hope: Women and Land” conference March 13-14.

Brenda will be on a panel titled "What is the Work of a Writer in a Wounded World?"

2015 MFA Creative Writing Faculty Spotlight: Brenda Hillman (poetry)

Brenda Hillman

2015 MFA Creative Writing Faculty Spotlight: Wesley Gibson (creative non-fiction)

Wesley Gibson is the author of the memoir You Are Here and the novels Shelter and Personal Saviors. His stories have appeared in The Village Voice and the Mississippi Review among other places, and his art criticism has appeared in The New Art Examiner.  He edits the literary journal Bloom. He is also the Faculty Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing.

2015 MFA Creative Writing Faculty Spotlight: Rosemary Graham (fiction)

Rosemary Graham teaches fiction in the MFA Program in Creative Writing. She is writing a novel about rebellious Irish nuns and has published three novels, of which Stalker Girl is the most recent.

New Faculty 2014-15

David Arndt

David ArndtDavid Arndt has a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. in comparative literature from U.C. Irvine. He has taught literature and philosophy at universities in Pennsylvania, Turkey and California, and now leads seminars for the Collegiate Seminar program.

Diablo Magazine 40 Under 40 Story Spotlights Two SMC Professors

Diablo magazine logoEducation Professor Raina León and Math Professor Weiwei Pan are named in the Diablo Magazine article "40 Under 40." The September issue story highlights León

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