On Extended Wings: Newsletter of the Master of Fine Arts in Writing program at Spalding University.

Vol. 10 No. 2
September 2006

New Summer Semester

W. S. Merwin

Philip Lopate

More Residency Guests

Update for Cross-Genre Event

AWP Conference 2007, Atlanta

The Chosen

Discussion Board Link

High Horse, Faculty Anthology

Life of a Writer


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Change of Address and Personals

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Paris, Here We Come!

From a world of options, Paris has emerged as the location of choice for the Spalding MFA Program’s inaugural summer semester, beginning in late June 2007. Many factors went into the selection of a location for the first residency abroad. Among them was the fact that the City of Light emerged as the top choice for faculty, current students, and alumni who responded to a recent survey.

Plans call for the summer residency location to change each year. In 2008, the summer residency is divided between Bath and London, with visits to Stratford-on-Avon and other venues of literary or historical importance. In 2009, the residency travels to Barcelona, where Gabriel García Márquez and Mario Vargas Llosa were neighbors in the 1970s. Plans for 2010 and 2011 take us to Buenos Aires and Northern Italy.

Tuition for the summer semester starting with the residency abroad is the same as for the fall or spring semester. Current students may enroll in the summer semester; however, students may not enroll in two concurrent semesters.

For more information, contact the MFA Office.

Book in Common Is W. S. Merwin’s Migration

For the Fall 2006 residency, the MFA Program’s Book in Common is Migration: Selected Poems 1951 to 2001 by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and translator W. S. Merwin. A plenary discussion takes place Friday, November 10. All students and faculty, regardless of concentration, read the book in advance of the residency and all prepare comments to add to the discussion. (The MFA Poetry Faculty have chosen a number of Merwin’s poems for focus. For that list, please visit the MFA forms page at http://www.spalding.edu/mfaforms

Toward the end of the residency, Merwin comes to Spalding’s campus to talk about his work as a writer, with a focus on Migration, selected one of the New York Times 100 Notable Books of the Year. Migration won the 2005 National Book Award for Poetry and was recently named winner of the 2006 Ambassador Book Award for Poetry.

All students should adjust this semester’s reading lists, adding Migration to their cumulative bibliographies.

In 1999, W. S. Merwin was named Poetry Consultant to the Library of Congress for a jointly held position along with poets Rita Dove and Louise Glück. Included in his numerous awards are the Bollingen Prize and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. In 2004, Merwin received the Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2005, he was honored as laureate of the Struga Poetry Evenings Festival in Macedonia, receiving the international poetry award the Golden Wreath.

His first book, A Mask for Janus, was selected by W. H. Auden to be published in 1952 in the Yale Younger Poets series. Merwin’s book of poems The Carrier of Ladders was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1970. His other books include The Drunk in the Furnace, The Moving Target, The Lice, Flower & Hand, The Compass Flower, Feathers from the Hill, Opening the Hand, The Rain in the Trees, Travels, The Vixen, The Lost Upland, Unframed Originals, and The Folding Cliffs. Recent reissues of his books include The First Four Books of Poems and his translations of Jean Follain’s poems Transparence of the World and Antonio Porchia’s Voices. His recent publications include the book of poems Present Company (Copper Canyon Press, 2005) and a memoir titled Summer Doorways (Shoemaker & Hoard, 2005).

Fall 2006 Residency Special Guest: Phillip Lopate

Phillip Lopate gives a series of two lectures to the Spalding MFA Program at the Fall residency. He is the author of three essay collections: Bachelorhood (Little, Brown, 1981), Against Joie de Vivre (Simon & Schuster, 1989), and Portrait of My Body (Doubleday-Anchor, 1996); two novels, Confessions of Summer (Doubleday, 1979) and The Rug Merchant (Viking, 1987); two poetry collections, The Eyes Don’t Always Want to Stay Open (Sun Press, 1972) and The Daily Round (Sun Press, 1976); and a memoir of his teaching experiences, Being with Children (Doubleday, 1975). He edited the following anthologies: The Art of the Personal Essay (Doubleday-Anchor, 1994), Writing New York (The Library of America, 1998), Journal of a Living Experiment (Teachers & Writers Press, 1979), and a series collecting the best essays of the year, The Anchor Essay Annual (Anchor, 1997-9). The Phillip Lopate Reader was published by Basic Books in 2003. His essays, fiction, and poetry have appeared in The Best American Short Stories (1974), The Best American Essays (1987), several Pushcart Prize annuals, The Paris Review, Harper’s, Ploughshares, The Threepenny Review, Harvard Educational Review, The New York Times Book Review, Boulevard, The Journal of Contemporary Fiction, Double Take, and others.

Lopate has written about movies for The New York Times, Vogue, Esquire, Film Comment, Film Quarterly, Cinemabook, Threepenny Review, Tikkun, American Film, and the anthology The Movie that Changed My Life, among others. A volume of his selected movie criticism, Totally Tenderly Tragically, was published by Doubleday-Anchor in 1998. He is currently editing a massive anthology of American film criticism, from the silent era to today, for Harcourt-Brace.

He has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a New York Public Library Center for Scholars and Writers Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts grants, and two New York Foundation for the Arts grants. He also received a Christopher medal for Being with Children and the Texas Institute of Letters award for best nonfiction book of the year (Bachelorhood) and was a finalist for the PEN Diamondston-Spielvogel Award for best essay book of the year (Portrait of My Body).

After working with children for twelve years as a writer-in-the-schools, he taught creative writing and literature to graduate and undergraduate students at Fordham, Cooper Union, The University of Houston, Columbia University and New York University. He was also a Lila Wallace Foundation writer-in-residence. He currently holds the Adams Chair at Hofstra University, where he is Professor of English, and also teaches in the Bennington College MFA program.

More Fall Residency Guest Speakers

The MFA Directors are pleased to announce guests for the Fall 2006 residency.

Adrien-Alice Hansel returns to the residency to present a lecture and serve as consultant to the playwriting concentration. Hansel is the literary manager at Actors Theatre of Louisville, where she helps evaluate and select scripts for the Humana Festival of New American Plays and National Ten-Minute Play Contest. Plays for which she served as dramaturg at the Humana Festival include Act a Lady by Jordan Harrison, Hotel Cassiopeia by Charles Mee, The Shaker Chair by Adam Bock, A Nervous Smile by John Belluso, The Ruby Sunrise by Rinne Groff, Cabin Pressure by Anne Bogart and the SITI Company, as well as Main Stage productions of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Doug Wright’s I Am My Own Wife, Glen Berger’s Underneath the Lintel, Moliere’s The Miser, and Pearle Cleage’s Blues for an Alabama Sky. She is the co-editor of an anthology of ten-minute plays and two anthologies of plays from the Humana Festival. She holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama, where she served as associate literary manager of the Yale Repertory Theatre for four years and an assistant editor of Theater Magazine for two. With Art Borraca, she is a regional vice-president of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.

Sheila Jenca holds an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA Film School and is a member of the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAw). She has written seventeen features and currently has two projects in development and was recently hired to adapt a children’s book. Jenca is marketed as a comedy writer but writes across genres including drama, urban, historical-epic, and children’s. Jenca was a Top Ten Finalist in Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s 2003 Project Greenlight Contest. She was featured on the HBO reality series about the contest in summer 2003. She has taught screenwriting and film at UCLA Film School, Los Angeles Unified, and the Beverly Hills and Torrance school districts. She also works privately as a rewriting and dialogue coach.

Sarah Messer presents a lecture on the lyric essay this residency. Messer’s work has been published in The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, and other journals—most recently in the anthology Legitimate Dangers: Poets of the New Century. She has received fellowships and grants from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the American Antiquarian Society, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Bandit Letters (poetry) was published in 2001 by New Issues. Red House, a hybrid history/memoir (Viking), was picked as a Barnes and Noble ‘Discover Great New Writers’ selection for Fall 2004. Messer is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Stephen Wrinn presents a talk on that focuses on the editorial process and publishing with a university press. Wrinn is director of The University Press of Kentucky. Previously, he was vice president of editorial and executive editor for history and political theory at Rowman & Littlefield Publishers in Lanham, Maryland. Wrinn also served as editorial director for Lexington Books. He has written about the book publishing industry for The Washington Post and The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society. Wrinn is the author of Civil Rights in the Whitest State: Vermont’s Perceptions of Civil Rights, 1945-1968. He also contributed an essay about trout fishing in the Cumberland River to Of Woods and Waters: A Kentucky Outdoor Anthology.

Cross-Genre Event to Include Louisville’s Newest Museum

The cross-genre exercise at this fall’s residency requires students to write a poem based on an art object. In preparation for the exercise, the Program dedicates Tuesday afternoon to a stimulating exploration of several museums along a one-block stretch of Louisville’s historic Main Street corridor. Located at Seventh and Main, 21c Museum is North America’s first museum dedicated solely to contemporary art of the twenty-first century. The 21c collection features both emerging and internationally acclaimed video artists, photographers, sculptors, and multimedia artists. Directly across Main Street, the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft displays Kentucky-crafted ceramics, glass, jewelry, and wearables. Students may also visit the Muhammad Ali Center, a block away on Sixth Street. The Ali Center incorporates media presentations and interactive exhibits to tell Ali’s story and to promote his ideals of respect, hope, and understanding. A bus takes students and faculty to the corner of Seventh and Main, where they may explore the museums in any order and may stop for lunch if they choose. No admission is charged for entrance to 21c or the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. Students with ID receive $5 admission to the Ali Center; regular-priced admission is $9. (top)

AWP Conference in Atlanta February 28-March 3, 2007

The annual Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference takes place February 28-March 3, 2007, in Atlanta. As usual, the MFA Program and The Louisville Review are to be represented with a table at the bookfair. The MFA Program pays registration for students and faculty members. Student registration normally costs $35; faculty registration is normally $135. Please contact Katy Yocom at kyocom@spalding.edu if you would like to take advantage of free registration. Attendees are responsible for their own travel, hotel, and other expenses. For an overview of the 2007 conference, check out the AWP Website at http://www.awpwriter.org/conference/2007headliners.htm

Writing for Children, Playwriting, Screenwriting Students to See The Chosen

Writing for children, playwriting, and screenwriting students attend the play The Chosen at Actor’s Theatre during the Fall 2006 residency. In preparation for attending the play and taking part in subsequent discussions about this text, students must read the playscript of The Chosen, by Aaron Posner and Chaim Potok, and view the full-length film by the same title before coming to residency. Released in 1981, the film stars Maximilian Schell and Rod Steiger.

Students may purchase a copy of the script from Dramatists Play Service. The cost is $6.50 plus shipping and handling. The direct link to purchase the script is http://www.dramatists.com/cgi-bin/db/single.asp?key=2887 . The DVD of the film is available for purchase or rental through several outlets (amazon.com, Blockbuster, etc.).

Life of a Writer

Students, faculty, and alumni: Please email writing news to mfanewsletter@spalding.edu


Tay Berryhill was presented with The Cornerstone Award for seven years of service to Hand-In-Paw on May 9. The Birmingham-based animal-assisted therapy agency assists children facing emotional, mental and physical challenges. HIP’s “Sit, Stay, Read!” literacy program helps students develop language skills by reading to therapy pets. Tay’s volunteer activities include writing grants and serving as Art Director of Picasso Pets, HIP’s fundraiser for which she guides four-legged artists in painting “arfworks” for auction. She also writes promotional copy for the event. (top)

In mid-July, Glenny Brock, Constance and Robert Darnell, Joan Donaldson, and Beth Newberry attended the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference organized by George Getschow (Spring 2005) in Fort Worth, Texas. Featured speakers included Gay Talese and Melissa Fay Green. Charlotte Rains Dixon (Fall 2003) served as a workshop leader. In addition, Robert and Joan submitted essays that were selected as two of the top ten workshopped essays. Their essays are to be published in the literary journal Spurs of Inspiration in 2007.

Lia Eastep had an article published based on her essay “Rec Room Revolution” in the July 29 Columbus Dispatch “First Person” column. (top)

Joey Goebel’s novel Torture the Artist has been long-listed for the inaugural Dylan Thomas Prize. The prize is based in Wales and is awarded to a work by an English-language writer under 30. He has a website at http://www.joeygoebel.com.

Kilean Kennedy’s story “True Up” is to appear in the October issue of The Mississippi Review Online. The theme for the issue is postmodern pulp.

Brenda McClain’s Willie June was named a semi-finalist in the 2006 William Faulkner—William Wisdom Creative Writing Novel-in-Progress Competition. The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society sponsors the competition.

Cristina Trapani-Scott was recently notified that her poems “Limbs Cast in Gold” and “Funny Face” are to appear in the October 16 online edition of mamazine.com. (top)

Faculty & Staff

Philip F. Deaver is featured in the current (Summer) issue of Kenyon Review, with an interview on the website. Both interview and story can be read online at the following addresses: http://www.kenyonreview.org/ or http://www.kenyonreview.org/issues/summer06/

Roy Hoffman’s review of Steve Yarbrough’s novel, The End of California, appeared in the Los Angeles Times book review on Sunday, July 23. Roy’s essay “Tom’s World,” which he read at the Spring 2006 residency, ran in The New York Times on Sunday, July 30.

Sena Jeter Naslund’s book tour schedule has been announced for her forthcoming novel, Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette. Sena’s appearances are as follows: ATLANTA: DeKalb County Public Library, Decatur, October 6, 7 p.m. BIRMINGHAM, AL: Alabama Booksmith, October 7, 2 p.m. Alliance Francais Presents at UAB, Hulsey Recital Hall, October 7, 7 p.m. LOUISVILLE: Speed Art Museum, October 8, 3 p.m. DENVER: Tattered Cover, October 11, 7:30 p.m. CLEVELAND: Joseph-Beth Book-sellers Legacy Village, Lyndhurst, October 12, 7 p.m. PETOSKEY, MI: McLean & Eakin at the Perry Hotel, October 13, 6 p.m. MILWAUKEE: Harry W. Schwartz, October 14, 7 p.m. ST. PAUL: Opus & Olives, Radisson Riverfront Hotel, October 15, 4 p.m. NEW YORK: Barnes & Noble, Broadway at 66th, October 16, 7 p.m. HARRISON, NY: Spoken Interludes, Trinity Grill, October 17, 7:30 p.m. BOSTON: Brookline Booksmith, Brookline, October 18, 7 p.m. BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA: Eagle Harbor Books, October 19, 7:30 p.m. BELLEVUE, WA: Bellevue Regional Library, October 20, 12:30 p.m. SEATTLE: Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, October 20, 6:30 p.m. ANCHORAGE, AK: Title Wave Books, October 21, 7:30 p.m. CAPITOLA, CA: Capitola Book Café, October 24, 7:30 p.m. SAN FRANCISCO: Book Passage, Corte Madera, October 25, 1 p.m. SONOMA, CA: Readers Books, October 25, 7:30 p.m. SAN FRANCISCO: Orinda Books, Orinda, October 26, 3 p.m. SAN FRANCISCO: Books Inc. at Opera Plaza, October 26, 7:30 p.m. AUSTIN: Texas Book Festival, Capital Auditorium, October 28. SARASOTA, FL: Sarasota Reading Festival, Five Points Park, November 4. CHICAGO: Writers on the Record, Looking Glass Theatre, November 19, 12 p.m. DAYTON, OH: Books & Co., December 5, 7 p.m. CINCINNATI: Joseph Beth Booksellers, Rookwood Pavilion, December 6, 7 p.m. LEXINGTON, KY: Joseph Beth Booksellers, December 7, 7 p.m.

Jeanie Thompson’s essay “Where the Spirit Moved Me” appears in All Out of Faith, Southern Women Writers and Spirituality edited by Reed and Horne from University of Alabama Press, August 2006.

Crystal Wilkinson has taught writing workshops this summer at Radford University’s Highland Summer Conference in Radford, Virginia; The Antioch Writer’s Workshop in Yellow Springs, Ohio; and the Appalachian Writer’s Conference at Hindman Settlement School. In the fall, she is to be a guest at the Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium at Mississippi University for Women and the The 16th Annual Gwendolyn Brooks Writers’ Conference for Black Literature and Creative Writing, where she is to speak on Southern writer Ernest Gaines’s influence on her work. Crystal is the Writer in Residence at Morehead State University this fall.

Neela Vaswani is included in the new Norton Anthology of Multiracial Literature (called MIXED). The New York City contributors to the book are reading at Housing Works on Thursday, September 7, at 7 p.m. All HousingWorks proceeds (100 percent) go to help homeless New Yorkers with AIDS (in various useful ways). (top)


Amy Watkins Copeland (Spring 2006) recently accepted a job in the publishing department at AAA. She puts her proofreading/editing skills to good use on AAA’s CampBooks and TourBooks. Three of her poems are forthcoming in The Louisville Review.

Dan DiStasio’s (Fall 2005) article “Hiking in the Clouds” about the Inca Trail was published in the Summer issue of Out Traveler and is also available online. His short story “All for a Good Cause” won second place in the Key West Literary Guild’s Short Story Contest and is to be included in an upcoming anthology. Dan also recorded selections from his short story collection “On the Rock: Key West” for a CD produced by the Literary Guild, which is to be on sale in the fall.

Mike Hampton’s (Fall 2005) short story “The Man Who Fell Through the Sky” was accepted for publication by Heartlands and is to appear in their October 2006 issue.

Cyn Kitchen (Spring 2005) has accepted two adjunct English faculty positions for Fall 2006: Carl Sandburg Community College and Knox College. Both schools are in Galesburg, Illinois.

Maryann Lesert (Fall 2003) was commissioned by the Kalamazoo (Michigan) Symphony Orchestra to adapt Agate Nesaule’s 1996 American Book Award- winning memoir, A Woman in Amber, Healing the Trauma of War and Exile (Soho, 1995), into a play with music. The story follows Ms. Nesaule’s family through the World War II years when Latvia was continually overrun by the Nazis and the Russians, through the family’s post-war years in displaced persons camps, and finally, their immigration to Indianapolis. The play What We Keep . . . Long After received a staged reading in January 2006 at the Whole Art Theatre in Kalamazoo, where Agate and Maryann were guests in a talk-back session. Currently, Maryann is working with a Latvian composer to create an original musical score for an upcoming production. “Assessment Number Two,” an excerpt from Maryann’s novel-in-progress For Lydia, was accepted for publication in The Healing Project’s Voices of Alzheimer’s Anthology, forthcoming from LaChance Media, 2007. (top)

Karen Patterson (Spring 2004) has been promoted to the director of writing workshops for the University of Phoenix, Columbus Campus, where she has been teaching writing for the past year. Also, she taught developmental writing in a private school—The Kenya Elite Academy—in Kisumu during her trip to Kenya in July.

Terry Price’s (Spring 2006) short story “Calling the Shots” was accepted for publication in the Autumn 2006 issue of Writers Notes magazine. Terry is to deliver his lecture “Imposing Order Upon the Void: Jazz and the Struggle for Redemption” at The Writer’s Loft Annual Literary Day at Middle Tennessee State University on September 23. Terry also has a website up and running at http://www.terryprice.net

Diana M. Raab (Fall 2003) has won Honorable Mention for her poems “In Desperation” and “Grandpa’s Death Bed” in The Writers’ Journal December 2005 poetry contest. Her poem “The Writer’s Gathering” appeared in the April 29 issue of The Angry Poet. Her essay “The Alchemy of Journaling” was accepted at Writer’s Notes. She was also elected to the board of The Santa Barbara Book and Author Festival.

Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen (Spring 2003) sold her young-adult novel The Compound in a two-book deal to Feiwel and Friends, the new children’s imprint at Holtzbrinck Publishers. The Spalding Alumni Manuscript Review provided excellent feedback for the project in its early stages.

Katy Yocom (Fall 2003), Aimee Zaring (Spring 2005) and Bobbi Buchanan (Fall 2004) are featured readers at the September InKY Reading Series at 7 p.m., Friday, September 8, at the Rudyard Kipling in Louisville. The event is a celebration of the Best of New Southerner Anthology. (top)

Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC)

FAC members are announced by the MFA Office at the beginning of each semester. The Program Director consults with the FAC about recommendations for admissions and about programmatic and administrative development and changes. Both faculty and students are invited to make suggestions to the FAC for exploration by the Program Director and larger faculty. However, students and faculty should directly and immediately consult the Associate Program Director about any issues concerning specific individuals’ performance in the program.

Connie May Fowler, Fiction
Greg Pape, Poetry
Dianne Aprile, Creative Nonfiction
Luke Wallin, Writing for Children
Charlie Schulman, Playwriting/Screenwriting (top)

Books in Common for Fall ’06

All students and faculty read the Book in Common, Migration: New and Selected Poems by W. S. Merwin, and students read the Faculty/Guest Book in Common in the area of concentration they are to study in the

Fall 2006 semester in preparation for a discussion with authors at the Fall 2006 residency.

Fiction: Kenny Cook’s The Girl from Charnelle
Poetry: Richard Cecil’s Twenty First Century Blues
Creative Nonfiction: Molly Peacock’s Paradise, Piece by Piece
Writing for Children: Candice Ransom’s Finding Day’s Bottom (available for purchase only from the Spalding bookstore beginning in June. The bookstore ships to any US location.)
Playwriting: TBA
Screenwriting: Sam Zalutsky’s Mama’s Boy (to be mailed by the MFA Office)


Reminders and Notes

Financial Aid: The The MFA Program offers scholarships to students entering their first semester in the program. Returning students who desire financial assistance should apply for graduate assistantships. Applications for scholarships and assistantships should be directed to the MFA Office. Check the MFA forms page on the MFA website (http://www.spalding.edu/mfaforms) for deadlines.

Federal student loans are available to all eligible graduate students and are available for the fall, spring, or summer semesters. Federal student loans, which are handled through Spalding's financial aid office and not through the MFA program, are available to all eligible graduate students..

Students need to re-file the FAFSA for each new school year (the school year is fall/spring). Students who received finanical aid for the Spring 2006 semester need to re-file for the Fall 2006 semester. (top)

For help with financial aid questions, call Vicki Montgomery at 800-896-8941 ext. 2731 or 502-585-9911, ext. 2731 or email vmontgomery@spalding.edu Students may enter or update their FAFSA information online at www.fafsa.ed.gov (top)

Deferment Form. For students who receive notice their loans have gone into repayment while still enrolled in school. Fill out deferment form (click here) and fax to Jennifer Gohmann at 502-992-2424. Include the address and/or fax number of where the deferment form should go to in Section 7 (on the 2nd page). For multiple loans, fill out one deferment form per loan company. On the fax cover sheet, state that you are an MFA student. If you have questions, Jennifer's email is jgohmann@spalding.edu

MFA Scholarship Fund: Donations to the MFA in Writing Scholarship Fund may be made “in honor of” or “in memory of” a friend or loved one or organization. To make a donation, contact Cindy Schnell, Donor Relations Coordinator in the office of Development and Alumni Relations. Email: cschnell@spalding.edu Phone: (800) 896-8941, ext. 2505 or (502) 585-9911, ext. 2505.

High Horse Faculty Anthology: MFA-ers may order High Horse: Contemporary Writing by the MFA Faculty of Spalding University by sending a check for $14 for each book to Louisville Review, Spalding University, 851 S. Fourth St., Louisville, KY 40203. MFA-ers may request a complimentary copy of the anthology be sent to prospective students. Email the prospective student’s name and address to mfa@spalding.edu mfa@spalding.edu

MFA Students/Faculty/Alums Discussion Board. The MFA Discussion Board is off to an energetic start. Currently, the most active topic is Publishing Opportunities, which lists contests and calls for submission, for example, a call for submissions from Alligator Juniper, the national literary journal at Prescott College, where Kenny Cook is fiction and creative nonfiction editor. Students and faculty are welcome to post information in this area and others. See the MFA Discussion Board at:


For easy access to the Discussion Board, students and faculty are encouraged to bookmark the site. (top)

Online information: MFA in Writing forms, deadlines, and other student and faculty information are available online at http://www.spalding.edu/mfaforms Newsletters are at http://www.spalding.edu/mfanewsletter For convenience, bookmark these two pages. Both web addresses are case sensitive. The MFA Office is happy to mail program forms or the newsletter, if requested. Email kyocom@spalding.edu. (top)

Life of a Writer is an important newsletter column that reports on experiences around the writing life of our students, faculty, and alums.
Email submissions to mfanewsletter@spalding.edu

Life of a Writer pieces should be written as a paragraph in third person. It is helpful for alums to include their graduation semester, such as Jake Doe (Fall 2003). Spell out month and state names. Include name of work, publisher, date of publication, and Website addresses, when appropriate. (top)

Below is a list of some of the kinds of activities that might be included in the Life of a Writer column.

  • Published a book, essay, poem, book review, play, etc.
  • Given a public reading
  • Visited a classroom to talk about writing
  • Judged a writing competition
  • Attended a writing conference
  • Served on a panel about writing
  • Volunteered in a project about writing or literacy

    On Extended Wings archives: To see previous issues of the newsletter, click here.

    Sena Jeter Naslund, Program Director
    Karen Mann, Administrative Director
    Kathleen Driskell, Associate Program Director
    Katy Yocom, Program Associate

    Email Life of a Writer information to Kim Stinson-Hawn at mfanewsletter@spalding.edu