creative writing mfa

Arts
12:35 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Wicker Poetry Ponders Pop Culture Icons

The 2012 publication of "Maybe the Saddest Thing" gave poet Marcus Wicker more national attention. His earning the 2011 Ruth Lilly Fellowship brought him a $15,000 prize. He teaches writing at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville and reads from his works this Sunday at 7 p.m. at Murray State as a visiting artist in the MFA Summer Reading series. The reading is open to all in the Clara M. Eagle Gallery, sixth floor Doyle Fine Arts. Kate Lochte met Mr. Wicker by phone.

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Arts
9:47 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Daughter of the West Adds New Voice to Literature of the Region

Soft-spoken, wide-eyed author Claire Vaye Watkins packs a punch with odd, heart-rending stories set in Nevada and collected in the book Battleborn, which won the 2012 Story Prize, the 2013 Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame.  It was also named a Best Book of 2012 by the San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Time Out New York and Flavorwire, and a Best Short Story Collection by NPR.org.  Last year the National Book Foundation named Watkins one of the "5 under 35" best writers.  Claire Vaye Watkins teaches at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania and her reading for the Murray State MFA program this Saturday at 7 p.m. is open to all. Kate Lochte has conversation with the author. 

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Arts
4:18 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

MFA Reading Series Begins Saturday with Alumni Poet Larry O. Dean

Chicago-based teacher, poet, singer, songwriter Larry O. Dean is an alumnus of the MFA program and opens its summer readings program at 3 p.m. Saturday in Clara M. Eagle Gallery on the 6th floor of Doyle Fine Arts.  His latest book is titled Brief Nudity.  He tells Kate Lochte how being a Poet-In-Residence in Chicago Public Schools is good for his writing practice and shares a few of his "people" poems.

Education
8:20 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Poets & Writers ranks MSU Creative Writing MFA in top 20

MSU Creative Writing MFA Director Ann Neelon
Murray State University

Poets and Writers magazine has named Murray State University’s master of fine arts in creative writing program among the top 20 in the nation.  Program Director Ann Neelon says the seven year old, low residency program’s ranking is facilitated by great students, alumni, faculty, and administration.  The honor comes as online and distance learning increases in national and global prominence. Poets and Writers is one of the largest nonprofit literary organizations in the U.S.

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