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.

Anna Gates Ha, MFA Fiction '13


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Anna's News:

  • Anna's short story, "The Abalone Diver" has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize from Harpur Palate. You can check it out here!

Jamie North, MFA Poetry '11

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Jamie's News:

  • You can now find Jamie's poem, "Highway of Consequence" in the latest edition of Vinyl Poetry. Check it out here!

SMC's Matthew Zapruder will be Reading at Adobe Books in San Francisco!

Monk Books and the Ruth Stone Foundation trudge across the United States to mingle with the west coast poets and writers! Come listen, buy books, and make friends.

Readers for this event include:

Lonely Christopher
Bianca Stone
Alina Gregorian
Matthew Zapruder

When:

January 23 at 7:00pm


Where:

Rosemary Graham

What are you working on now? After publishing three Young Adult novels I am venturing into historical fiction for a general, adult audience. My work-in-progress, Simple Lessons in Irish, is set in Ireland and the U.S. in the early twentieth-century. It features rebellious nuns, fierce Irish patriots, and passionate labor leaders. My interest in Irish history is inspired by my Rosemary Graham (center) was inspired to write her historical novel in progress, Simple Lessons in Irish, while traveling to Ireland with Saint Mary’s students. own heritage and leading annual trips to Ireland with Saint Mary’s students during our January Term.

Which genre do you teach, and what is your specialization? I teach primarily in fiction, with occasional ventures into nonfiction, particularly the personal essay.

What do you think makes our MFA Program unique or different from other programs andwhat do you like about teaching in our MFA Program? We are a small program on a small campus with lots of opportunity for close one-on-one work between students and faculty.

What do you tell your students about how to embark upon a 'career' --either as an artist or anything else--following your degree? Figure out what it takes to keep writing and arrange your life so that you can keep writing—even if only for one hour a day before you go to work or get the kids up. Then, develop your “literary citizenship” by attending readings and other events if you can or simply by reading.

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