MFA Welcome Picnic for Incoming & Returning Students

Date & Time: 
Sat, 06/22/2013 - 12:30 to 14:30

We've finished up graduating one class and we are ready for the next! 

We'd like to welcome our incoming class with a gathering of returning students, faculty and staff in the beautiful Bertain Redwood Grove (campus map) on the Saint Mary's campus.  Get to know the newest members of your cohort, ask questions, and begin to familiarize yourself with your new MFA family. 

Graduate Student Reading

Date & Time: 
Wed, 10/09/2013 - 19:30 to 21:00

Readings from: Kelley Mitchell, Scott Riley, Krista Varela, Richard Wright, & Sean Campbell

MFA Orientation

Date & Time: 
Sun, 08/25/2013 - 15:00 to 18:00

Students will meet the faculty and the other members of their cohort, get syllabi and information about the first week of classes, obtain their parking permits, and learn about all the places to write on campus.  Light dinner and beverages will be provided.

3:00p               Settling in and Director’s welcome

3:30p               Faculty and staff introductions

3:40p               Student introductions

4:15p               Fifteen-minute class meetings: Writing Workshops

End of the Year MFA Potluck

Date & Time: 
Wed, 05/22/2013 - 19:00 to 20:30

Congratulations on (almost) making it through the 2012-2013 year!  Let's gather, eat, and celebrate with a potluck! 

The annual MFA End of the Year Potluck will be held Wednesday, May 22nd from 7-8:30pm (ish) in the Hagerty Lounge.  This party is scheduled to run after the final workshop (if you're having class during finals week), so we hope to see all of you there!

To make it easier, we will ask that you bring according to the initial of your last name.  Feel free to communicate amongst your group for diversity in items. 

American Scientist Magazine Publishes Poem By English Professor Brenda Hillman

The May/June issue of American Scientist magazine features a poem by Saint Mary's English Professor Brenda Hillman. The poem "Summer Mountain Lightning & Some Music,"  which references the pioneering electrical engineer and inventor Nikola Tesla, is among several works by noted poets featured by the magazine over the last year as poetry inspired by science. The online version of the magazine notes Hillman's other literary publications and her academic ties to the College, acknowledging her as the Olivia C.

Professor Marilyn Abildskov & local poet and memoirist Cheryl Dumesnil to read at the Walnut Creek Library

Professor of creative nonfiction, Marilyn Abildskov, is participating in Live! from the Library with local poet and memoirist Cheryl Dumesnil in an event titled, "Tell It Like It Is: An Evening of Memoir and Mayhem."

Cheryl Dumesnil and Marilyn Abildskov will present an evening of boundary-bending stories – poignant and hilarious – as they share and expand upon their adventures and misadventures as told in their memoirs, Dumesnil’s “Love Song for Baby X: How I Stayed (Almost) Sane on the Rocky Road to Parenthood,” and Abildskov’s “The Men in My Country.”

SMC Poetry Professor's Work Featured In New York Times

The New York Times Style Magazine has published a poem by Matthew Zapruder, a new poetry professor in Saint Mary's English Department. Zapruder's work "Poem for a Coin," appears in the March 24, 2013 print edition of the newspaper's magazine. The online version of the magazine features an audio clip of Zapruder reading his poem.

MFA Career Services Info Session

Date & Time: 
Wed, 02/27/2013 - 14:15 to 15:15

Whether you have a job now or will be looking for one after graduation the career center is a free and wonderful resource you'll want to take advantage of while you're a student. 

Career Counselor and Graduate and Alumni Outreach provider, Kate Cole, will present the various services available to graduate students at the career center.  Q and A after the presentation.


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