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October 11, 2011

Poet Ronaldo Wilson Visits University of Minnesota

Acclaimed poet Ronaldo Wilson will visit the Creative Writing Program at the University of Minnesota on Wednesday, October 19, for a free reading at the newly expanded Weisman Art Museum. The reading begins at 7:30 pm and will be followed by a reception and book sales at 8:30 pm. Wilson is the author of "Poems of the Black Object" and several other books. He has held fellowships at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Vermont Studio Center, Cave Canem, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the Yaddo Corporation, and has had four poems nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He is the recipient of the Cave Canem Prize for PWilsonFile.jpegoetry and is considered one of the finest young poets writing today.

October 5, 2011

Two New Alumni Novels!

Two recent graduates of the MFA Program at the University of Minnesota, Amy Shearn and Amanda Coplin, will publish novels in 2013. Amy Shearn's novel, tentatively titled "The Double Life of Jenny Lipkin," will be published by Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Shearn's first novel, "How Far is the Ocean From Here?" was published by Shaye Areheart Books. Amanda Coplin is a former Provincetown Fellow. Her debut novel, "The Orchardist" will be published by Harper Collins in 2013 after a heated auction between seven publishing houses in New York. "The Orchardist" was Amanda's MFA Thesis.

October 3, 2011

Elisabeth Workman's (MFA, 2014) manuscript ULTRAMEGAPRAIRIELAND was short-listed in two competitions--a semi-finalist in Alice James Books' 2011 Beatrice Hawley Awards and a finalist in the Subito Press 2011 Book Awards. Elisabeth is a first-year MFA in the Creative Writing Program. She has received grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and a 2011 McKnight Fellowship in Poetry.

New Book by MFA Student

MFA Sarah Fox ('12) will have her second collection of poetry, Mother Substance, published by Coffee House Press in fall 2012. Sarah received a Graduate Research Partnership Program grant in summer 2011 to assist her in writing and researching the book. She also received a Gesell Summer Residency at the Anderson Center in Red Wing, Minnesota. Fox spent the time intensively writing the manuscript. Her previous collection of poetry, Because Why, was also published by Coffee House Press. Sarah is the recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board grant and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Bush Foundation. Poems from Because Why have appeared in Bloomsbury Review, Jacket, jubilat, Verse, and other journals. safe_image.php.jpeg

September 19, 2011

MFA Love in the Star Tribune

The Star Tribune gave a shout-out to the University of Minnesota MFA program in Sunday's Sept. 17 edition: http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/books/129922113.html

Laurie Hertzel notes the excellence of our faculty, our top-10 national ranking among MFA programs and our stellar Edelstein-Keller Visiting Writer Series.

September 15, 2011

MFA Program Named #10 in Nation

Poets & Writers Magazine has listed our MFA Program as #10 in the nation in their 2012 program rankings! http://www.pw.org/content/2012_mfa_rankings_the_top_fifty

While we have been as high as #3 and drifted around in the teens, we are plenty happy to be #10. This year, we expect admissions to the program continue to rise with the addition of Peter Campion, our new Assistant Professor of Poetry. Campion was recently awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. Last year, we received 467 applications to the MFA and we will shoot over 500 this year. Our current students are being published in a staggering amount of literary journals (and even publishing debut books while in the program, a la second-year poet Mary Feng Chen, whose first book will be published by Black Ocean Press in January 2012). Our alumni have published over 99 books and chapbooks since 1997, and that tally doesn't include three new books coming out this fall and in spring 2012 (Nate Slawson, Lauren Fox, Shana Youngdahl). The dedicated and generous faculty mentoring our students? Here's a list of our stellar faculty writers: Charles Baxter, Julie Schumacher, Regents Professor Patricia Hampl, Regents Professor Madelon Sprengnether, Ray Gonzalez, Maria Damon, Dan Philippon, Peter Campion and David Treuer.

September 30, 2010

Baxter's Benefit Nets $1500 for Second Harvest

Professor Charles Baxter's Third Annual Benefit for Hunger netted $1500 for Second Harvest Heartland food shelf. Faculty readers included Regents Professors Patricia Hampl, Madelon Sprengnether, MJ Fitzgerald, Ray Gonzalez, and Maria Damon. A house of 152 sat in rapt appreciation.

September 22, 2010

MFA Alum in Documentary Film

An interview with Eric Dregni, author of Weird Minnesota and In Cod We Trust, will be included in the documentary film, World's Largest, showing at the Twin Cities Film Fest later this month. Dates: Sept. 29th, 9:30 pm at AMC Theater Block E, Screen 1 and Sat. October 2 at Block E. He discusses his book Minnesota Marvels. http://www.twincitiesfilmfest.org/worlds-largest/

Benefit for Hunger

The Third Annual Benefit for Hunger reading is this evening, Sept. 22 at 7:30 pm in University Hall, McNamara Alumni Center. Hosted once again by Edelstein-Keller Chair in Creative Writing Charles Baxter and featuring readings by faculty Patricia Hampl, Madelon Sprengnether, MJ Fitzgerald, Maria Damon and Ray Gonzalez. Free, with a suggested donation of $5. All proceeds benefit Second Harvest Heartland food shelf.

August 13, 2010

Julie Schumacher Awarded Bellagio Residency

Professor Julie Schumacher has been awarded a residency at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Bellagio, Italy for one month in 2011. Schumacher's project while in residency will focus on a collection of short stories, Passengers. s