MFA Residency: Thursday, July 2nd

Public Event Schedule

Join us at 8:15pm in Ransom Fellowship Hall for a reading featuring faculty members:
Samantha Chang
Alan Shapiro
Lauren Groff
Monica Youn

For more information, including a full schedule of public events, please visit the program website at

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“Making Love” by Antonya Nelson

A story by faculty member Antonya Nelson appears at Oxford American:

“What is it saying?”

“What is what saying?”

“That annoying bird, hear it?”

She’d been awake a long time waiting for him. Finally she could not help herself and began talking—just like the bird, unable to keep still—and the man beside her propped himself up—a wave of his warm naked scent passed over Angela, replete, arousing. Between them swayed the metal dog tag hanging from his neck. It informed anyone who knew or wished to consult it that he was an epileptic. His first sexual experience, Angela remembered suddenly from last night’s scattershot conversation, had ended in a seizure. “I don’t know you well enough yet to tell you how much of a mess that made of my life,” he’d added.

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“The Art Of Teaching” by Erin Stalcup

A piece by alum Erin Stalcup (fiction, ’04) appears at Stir:

“That girl can’t roll her Rs.”

That’s the first thing a student ever said about me, my first day of teaching, while I called roll and Yahaira Rodríguez, Dulcita Contreras, Yafreisi Ríos, Ydanis Reyes, Guillermo Méndez, Julissa Cruz, Yakimela Betriz Núñez, Vladimir Díaz, Alfonica Ramirez, and Zuleika Ramirez either were or weren’t there.

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“If You’ve Made it this Far, You Might as Well Leave a Message” by Matthew Olzmann

A nonfiction piece, “If You’ve Made it this Far, You Might as Well Leave a Message,” by alum Matthew Olzmann (poetry, ’09) appears at Waxwing:

If you’re listening to my voice, it’s too late for me, but there’s still time to save yourself. What you need to know is this: our dead would not stay dead. We fought them off for as long as we could, but soon most of us were infected and joined their ranks. We’ve run out of ammunition and they’re so hungry.

If you called my house in the middle part of the 1990s, that’s the type of message you’d hear when the answering machine picked up. A fake apocalypse — and in the background some guy trying not to laugh.

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“In Our Country” by Caitlin Horrocks

The story “In Our Country” by faculty member Caitlin Horrocks appears at Waxwing:

This country used to be pronounced like this. Now we pronounce it like this. Old people, or foreign people, you know them from the way they say it: wrong. There is famine in that country now. There is plague. Now no one goes there. Even the people who live there, they try to leave. This country — and when I say this country I never mean my country, I mean this other country, over there — was once one country but now it is four. This country is now two. This country still pretends to be one but is really one hundred.

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