Join us in Swannanoa on June 28 for the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the MFA Program For Writers at Warren Wilson College! The day-long celebration includes panels with faculty and alumni, a celebration of Larry Levis, a silent auction with items donated by faculty, and an evening gala with dinner and dancing!
Below, a sampling of three fantastic auction items! If you’re attending the gala, you can bid in-person. Not able to make it this year? Consider buying in advance at the fixed Swannanoa Superstar price by June 27 and the item is yours (Swannanoa Superstar prices released on June 13: check back!).
Florida Story Spectacular includes a twenty-five page short story manuscript review and basket of local goodies from the Sunshine State, from Lauren Groff!
And that’s just a sampling of the fantastic things you can bid on. Check back in the coming weeks to see which faculty member has offered to review your novel manuscript, who is donating homemade wine, and more.
An essay by alum Peggy Shinner (fiction, ’94) appears at Jet Fuel Review:
We didn’t have a bookshelf in our house. Behind the TV in the den there was my father’s bowling trophy and the one book he read, or at least bought, Jim Bouton’s Ball Four. We didn’t have a bookshelf until we hired Mr. Klück, a fat bossy Holocaust survivor-turned contractor to finish our basement, and then there were two built-in units with my mother’s dime store paperbacks (James Michener, Leon Uris, Jacqueline Susann), the white leather-bound World Book encyclopedia set with gold lettering on the spine, which I flipped through randomly, settling on biographies and pictures of tropical birds, and an improbable copy of Émile Zola’s Nana.
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In January, a new Friends of Writers Scholarship, initiated by current students in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson, was announced in Swannanoa at the Graduation banquet—along with news of a substantial contribution by the graduating class. In the months that followed, the response has been tremendous, with generous gifts and pledges arriving from our extended community. As a result of this remarkable support, excitement over the Ellen Bryant Voigt Scholarship has just gained some serious momentum: Members of the Friends of Writers’ Board will personally match every donation given between May 19th and June 28th, dollar for dollar, up to $25,000.
This means that your gift can double in size. Please join us in celebrating the program’s 40th anniversary by making a donation or pledge in the next 40 days! (Yes, three-year pledges will be covered by the match, as long as the first payment is made in 2016– a great option for people wishing to break up their gift over time.)read more
Five poems by alum Pam Bernard (poetry, ’95) appear at Mudlark:
the victor departs wondering whether out of Marsyas’ howling there will not someday arise a new kind of art— — Zbigniew Herbert
If not winter, what must Marsyas have felt, so artfully flayed, his visage stripped from him, all of a piece, until his fingertips were the last to know wholeness. He could see his countenance lifted from him just as this snow is lifted from us. Two fists Continue reading online...read more