W. H. Auden, the great British poet, is famous for many things, including being the poet who claimed that poetry makes nothing happen. I have seen way too many people take that infamous line -- which appears in his lovely elegy to William Butler Yeats -- out of context.
It has been a long time since the average struggling novelist could afford to live and work in downtown Manhattan.
Earlier this year, Lucy McIntyre, vice president of marketing for the Standard hotels, and Lorin Stein, editor of the literary magazine Paris Review, were lamenting this state of affairs—"what a fantasy it would be," Mr. Stein said, "to have the time and the means to just write in a hotel."
The PBS NewsHour features an interview with Saint Mary's English Professor Brenda Hillman about her new book "Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire." Hillman spoke with Jeffrey Brown, the NewsHour's chief correspondent for arts, culture, and society, about her latest collection of poetry.
NPR features a review of "Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire,” the fourth book by Saint Mary's English Professor Brenda Hillman in her poetry series focusing on the four elements. Hillman's previous books, Cascadia, Pieces of Air in the Epic and Practical Water, addressed earth, air, and water. A 1993 Pulitzer Prize finalist, Hillman, who is the Olivia C.
Students in the MFA Program will graduate with improved competency in their writing, particularly in their chosen genre (fiction, nonfiction, or poetry). In addition, they will receive a sophisticated introduction to information technology as well as the professional aspects of the writing life.
Students will be able to:
engage at a professional level in the writing of their chosen genre (fiction, nonfiction, or poetry).
articulate the correspondences between their own writing and the corpus of literature and thought which primarily informs their aesthetics.
use information technology with a high level of sophistication, either for the purpose of academic research or for the purpose of primary research that may inform a given piece of writing.
work effectively as professional writers: publish work in literary journals and magazines; solicit and procure literary agents; solicit and procure publishers for manuscripts or book projects; give public readings; apply for and receive funding for literary projects; exhibit a preparedness for finding employment in various professional fields, such as education, journalism, public relations, publishing, and technical writing.
In the latest issue of American Poet (the journal of the Academy of American Poets), Volume 44 Mark Doty writes a profile of Brenda Hillman, recipient of the Academy of American Poets Fellowship and our Faculty Director.