Sabbatical Presentations

Date & Time 
Wed, 11/30/2011 - 12:30 to 14:00

Elena Escalera, Associate Professor of Psychology, "Working With Natural Language Databases: "The Story of Peahead"

Graham Foust, Associate Professor of English, "Translating Ernst Meister"

Light refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and Scholarship

Graduate Student Reading Series

Date & Time 
Wed, 12/07/2011 - 19:30 to 21:00

Readings from our second year MFA candidates:
Vanessa Stewart, Katrina Greco, Carrie Osborne, Michael Sherer, and Alexander Webb.

The Tenth Annual MFA Scholarship Fund Benefit

Date & Time 
Sat, 03/10/2012 - 17:00 to 20:00

THE LANGUAGE OF FILM:  A CONVERSATION WITH ROBERT HASS AND DAVID THOMSON

An Evening Of Wine and Hors D'oeuvres

All proceeds of this event benefit the MFA Scholarship Fund.

Robert Hass

Robert Hass was born in 1941 in San Francisco, California.

He attended Saint Mary's College in Moraga, California and received both an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Stanford University. 

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
sm13@stmarys-ca.edu or (925) 631-8556

Life After the MFA

Date & Time 
Wed, 11/09/2011 - 14:00 to 15:30

Four writers discuss their professional lives after MFA programs. Topics will include how to query agents, advice on teaching, artist residencies, and publishing.

WESLEY GIBSON received his MFA from Brown University and is
the author of You Are Here: A Memoir of Arrival and the novels Shelter
and Personal Saviors. His stories have appeared in The Village Voice and
the Mississippi Review and his art criticism has appeared in The New
Art Examiner. He edits the literary journal Bloom and has been awarded

The Bodies, a poetry volume by Christopher Sindt

Chris Sindt's latest volume of poems, The Bodies, has just been published by Parlor Press’s poetry series, Free Verse Editions. The publisher notes, "the poems in The Bodies reveal an eco-poetics that draws from the imagery and history of the west coast of the United States, studying the way language engages with the nonhuman and the wild. This is also a poetry that seeks social change, aware of its historical moment and imagining social transformation."

Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Marilyn Abildskov / Wesley Gibson / Rosemary Graham / Brenda HillmanChristopher Sindt / Lysley Tenorio/ Matthew Zapruder

Staff

Candace Eros Diaz / Sara Mumolo

Marilyn Abildskov

Creative Nonfiction

Marilyn Abildskov is the author of The Men In My Country, a memoir set in Japan. Her essays and short stories have appeared recently in The Normal School, The Pinch, The Sun, AGNI, and The Laurel Review. She is a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers' Award and Yaddo fellowships and her work has been shortlisted numerous times for the Best American Essays series.

mabildsk@stmarys-ca.edu
925-631-4360

Recent Courses Offered

 

Wesley Gibson

Creative Nonfiction and 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.

wgibson@stmarys-ca.edu
925-631-4761

Recent Courses Offered 

 

Rosemary Graham

Creative Nonfiction and Fiction

Rosemary Graham is the author of three novels:  Thou Shalt Not Dump the Skater Dude, My Not-So-Terrible Time at the Hippie Hotel, and Stalker Girl. Her essays and commentaries have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Santa Monica Review, and on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."

rgraham@stmarys-ca.edu
925-631-8016

Recent Courses Offered

 

Brenda Hillman, MFA Faculty Director

Poetry

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, and Practical Water. Hillman's most recent collection, Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire, was awarded the California Book Award and the Griffin International Prize for Poetry. 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.

bhillman@stmarys-ca.edu
925-631-4457

Recent Courses Offered 

 

Christopher Sindt

Poetry

Christopher Sindt is the author of the poetry collection, The Bodies. He has received the James D. Phelan Award and residences at the MacDowell Colony, Mesa Refuge and the Blue Mountain Center,  His poetry has appeared in Pool, nocturnes and Xantippe. Formerly the Program Coordinator of the Art of the Wild Writing Conference, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.  He is Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies at Saint Mary's College of CA.

csindt@stmarys-ca.edu
925-631-4088

 

Lysley Tenorio

Fiction

Lysley Tenorio is the author of the short story collection Monstress.  Tenorio is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and a former Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University.  He has received fellowships from Phillips Exeter Academy, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the winner of the Nelson Algren Short Story Award and a Pushcart Prize.  His stories have been published in The Atlantic Monthly, Zoetrope:  All-Story, Ploughshares, The Chicago Tribune, Manoa, and The Best New American Voices.  He has also held residencies at Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony, and in 2008 received a Whiting Writers’ Award.

latenori@stmarys-ca.edu
925-631-4764

Recent Courses Offered

  Matthew Zapruder

Matthew Zapruder

Poetry

Matthew Zapruder is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Come On All You Ghosts (Copper Canyon 2010), a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Sun Bear, (Copper Canyon 2014). Why Poetry, a book of prose, is forthcoming from Ecco Press in 2015. He is also co-translator from Romanian, along with historian Radu Ioanid, of Secret Weapon: Selected Late Poems of Eugen Jebeleanu (Coffee House Press, 2007). His poems, essays and translations have appeared in many publications, including Tin House, Paris Review, The New Republic, The New Yorker, Bomb, Slate, Poetry, and The Believer. He has received a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship, a William Carlos Williams Award, a May Sarton Award from the Academy of American Arts and Sciences, and a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship in Marfa, TX. An Associate Professor in the Saint Mary's College of California English Department and MFA program, he is also Editor at Large at Wave Books. He lives in Oakland, CA.

Recent Courses Offered 

Staff

Candace Eros Diaz

Coordinator of Admissions and Student Services

Candace Eros Diaz received her MFA in creative nonfiction and fiction from Saint Mary’s College of California. She was awarded a Voices Of Our Nation (VONA) Summer Writing Workshop fellowship, a workshop dedicated to writers of color, and a Vermont Studio Center residency. Her essay “Breaking Wide Open” was selected as a finalist for The Iowa Review’s contest in nonfiction and was the selected winner in the 2013 San Miguel Writer’s Conference writing contest in creative nonfiction. 

cd8@stmarys-ca.edu
925-631-4762

Sara Mumolo

Program Manager

Sara Mumolo's first collection of poems, Mortar, is forthcoming from Omnidawn in Fall, 2013. She is also the author of the chapbook March (Cannibal Books, 2011). Mumolo curated the Studio One Reading Series from 2008-2012 and has published work in Lana Turner, 1913: A Journal of Forms, Volta, The Offending Adam, and Action Yes, among others. She co-edits the irregular chapbook series, CALAVERAS, with Alisa Heinzman.

sm13@stmarys-ca.edu
925-631-8556

Benefit

Join us for An Evening Of Wine and Hors D'oeuvres

The Language of Sports with Janie McCauley and Tom Meschery,
Moderated by Mary Volmer

Saturday, March 15, 2014 , 5-8 p.m.

Dolby Chadwick Gallery
210 Post Street, Suite 205
San Francisco, CA 94108
Map  |  Parking Information

Contact us for tickets to a private cocktail hour with the panelists.

Janie McCauley

 

 

Janie McCauley has been based in the Bay Area with the Associated Press since August 2002, focusing her baseball coverage on the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics. She also covers the San Francisco 49ers, college basketball and other sporting events. McCauley has covered four Olympics, the Summer Games in Beijing and London, and the Winter Games in Torino and Vancouver. A mom of two young girls, McCauley is originally from tiny Leavenworth, Washington, in the apple country.

 

 

Tom Meschery

Tom Meschery was born in Harbin China and spent WWII in a refugee camp in Japan. He has published four books of poetry, Over the Rim, Nothing we Lose Can be Replaced, Some Men, and most recently SWEAT: New and Selected Poems About Sports, as well as three novels, She's Got Game, The Kid Has Hops, and Mr. Dolby's Dream. Meschery led the Saint Mary's College basketball team to the Elite Eight in the NCAA, Division I Championship in 1959. He played for ten years in the National Basketball Association for the Golden State Warriors and the Seattle Supersonics, where his number 14 was retired by the Warriors. Meschery was selected as the Saint Mary's Player of the Century and was inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame. He lives in Sacramento with his wife, artist Melanie Marchant Meschery.

 

 

 

Mary Volmer


Mary Volmer
played four years of college basketball before attending the University of Wales as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. She completed an MFA in Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s College of California thanks to the Chester Aaron and Agnes Butler Scholarships. Her nonfiction has appeared in FullCourtPress.com, Women's Basketball Magazine, and NPR’s “this i believe” series. Her first novel, Crown of Dust, was published in 2010, and her next novel is on the way. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

 

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