Spring 2012 Writers & Words

Annual MFA Alumni Reading with Professor Wesley Gibson and Tina Parsons

WEDNESDAY, May 9, 7:30 p.m., Soda Center, Claey's Lounge

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 residencies to Yaddo and MacDowell artists’ colonies. He lives in San Francisco and teaches in the MFA Program at Saint Mary’s College of California.

Tina Polito Parsons earned her degree in English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an MFA in nonfiction at Saint Mary’s College.  Her essays have been published in the Oakland Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and East Bay Monthly, and in the anthologies Something That Matters and In Real Life. She has taught composition, ghost-written medical columns, worked as a resume writer and college application essay consultant for high school students, all while continuing to write. Her blog—a mix of memoir and reportage called China Ate My Jeans—is about her year seeking, finding and buying products made in the United States.


Afternoon Craft Conversation with Shane Book

WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Hagerty Lounge

“Poetry & Film”

Shane Book is poet and filmmaker. His first collection, Ceiling of Sticks(University of Nebraska Press, 2010) won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize. His short film Dust, based on a poem in the book, was nominated for Best Narrative at the 2011 Diamond Screen Film Festival. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. His work has appeared in fifteen anthologies and over forty magazines in the U.S., U.K., and Canada. His honors include a New York Times Fellowship in Poetry, Fellowships to the Flaherty Film Seminar and the Telluride Film Festival, an Academy of American Poets Prize, and a National Magazine Award.


Afternoon Craft Conversation with Judith Claire Mitchell

WEDNESDAY, February 15, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Hagerty Lounge

“Are We There Yet? Process vs. Productivity in Writing the Novel”


Creative Writing Reading Series with Judith Claire Mitchell.

WEDNESDAY, February 15, 7:30pm in Soda Center, Claey's Lounge

Judith Claire Mitchell is the author of the novel The Last Day of the War. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies including Prairie Schooner, StoryQuarterly, The Iowa Review, and Best of the Fiction Workshops. A former recipient of the James C. McCreight Fiction Fellowship and a Michener-Copernicus Society of America Fellowship, she is currently a professor in the English Department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she co-directs the Program in Creative Writing and directs the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing.


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