“Biting the Moon” by Joan Frank

“Biting the Moon” by alum Joan Frank (fiction, ’96) has been released as part of Ploughshares’ digital-first series of individual long stories called Ploughshares Solo.  Here’s an excerpt

One afternoon, during our colony time, he told me that he knew when he was going to die.

     He’d been drinking, of course. White wine, middle of the day. Sprawled along the couch in his studio toying, on his chest, with a pack of Lucky Strikes. Long corduroyed legs crossed, sunlight a soft dust over everything. In my mind, reviewing these scenes, it’s always autumn: that breathing pocket, warm and soft but excitingly pine-needle-scented, before the big smackdown, the opera of winter. Later, when I walked to my own cabin, the wind was a madwoman in the pines, humming and singing, bending down to stroke my arms, my cheeks.

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Applications for the Levis Prize are Open



I want YOU to SUBMIT…

…your work to the Levis Prize.

Submissions open through November 1 in both poetry and fiction. Alums who haven’t yet published a full-length collection in the selected genre are eligible.

At stake: $4000. Bonus:The admiration of your fellow Wallies and the world at large.
Full guidelines and application here:
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Heather McHugh’s Caregifted

HeatherUpworthy has posted a piece on faculty member Heather McHugh and her nonprofit Caregifted:

Imagine you won half a million dollars for being a genius.

Heather did.

Heather McHugh is a poet from Seattle. She is also a genius.

The MacArthur Foundation gave her over $600,000 in unrestricted grant money for her poetry, which the foundation calls “intellectually challenging, yet emotionally engaging verse that balances gravity with humor.”

Winners of this “genius grant” can do whatever they want with the cash.

Continue reading online…


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The FOW Fall Gala is Next Month!

Tickets are live for the Soiree for Scholarships in Minneapolis!

Please download the flyer and help us to spread the word! Download Soiree Flyer

For questions, contact Mary Jo Thompson, Event Co-chair, at mjthompso@visi.com.


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Introducing Amanda Lowery

We’re delighted to welcome Amanda Lowery as our new MFA Project Manager for Administration, Finance, and Web Communications. Amanda recently moved to Asheville from Baltimore where she worked as a project manager, event planner, and executive assistant for seven years with two nonprofits, Maryland Works, Inc. and the Maryland Disabilities Forum. She holds a BA in English from Salisbury University and an MA in Liberal Studies from Loyola University. Her first day was August 24. Welcome, Amanda! And we all send our best wishes and gratitude to Jessica Lane, whose last day with us was August 28.


New staff 1L-R: Amanda Lowery, Jessica Lane, and Elana Roseberry
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