“My Twinkie Poem” and “Goldacre” by Monica Youn

An essay titled “My Twinkie Poem” by faculty member Monica Youn appears in The Paris Review. The essay discusses “Goldacre,” a poem by Youn that appears in The Paris Review Summer issue:

I wrote “Goldacre”—my “Twinkie” poem—in the wake of the brouhaha surrounding last year’s Best American Poetry anthology, when the white writer Michael Derrick Hudson published a poem under the name Yi-Fen Chou, sparking a media frenzy. As one of the few #ActualAsianPoets to have had a poem (“March of the Hanged Men,” first published in The Paris Review) included in the anthology, I was unwillingly sucked into the whole mess. But after my initial queasiness subsided, the controversy stirred up a familiar set of questions for me.

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“In Defense of the Three-Week Vacation” by Jynne Dilling

An essay by alum Jynne Dilling (poetry, ’06) appears in The New York Times:

The ancient Romans believed in generous vacations: They took sightseeing tours for two to five years at a time. In more recent centuries, Europeans of means and faint constitutions spent multiple months languishing at spas. Even Jesus withdrew for 40 days and 40 nights to find some peace and quiet in the desert. Yet so many of us today — I’m speaking of those fortunate enough to have the resources and the vacation days — remain slavishly attached to our 24/7 connectivity and take only a week at a time, maybe two!, off work.

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Happy 40th to The MFA Program for Writers!

You can celebrate with two types of donations!
Wallies, we’re in the final hours of our match campaign to raise $25,000 for the Ellen Bryant Voigt Scholarship! Donations made up until midnight EST on June 25, 2016, up to to $25,000, will be matched!
To donate, go here and click on the Make A Donation Button:  DONATE!
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We’ll announce the results of the match at the 40th Anniversary Gala in Swannanoa on June 28th!
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An interview with Jayne Benjulian

An interview with and poems by alum Jayne Benjulian (poetry, ’13) appear at Shadowgraph Quarterly:

Jayne Benjulian Shadowgraph interview

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“On Picking Up a Whiff of Gas from the Utility Room” by John Minczeski

A poem by alum John Minczeski (poetry, ’90) appears at Shadowgraph Quarterly:

It was like the distant harps of angels,
A filtrate of furnace and towels
I’d used to wipe up the dog’s manifest
Destiny. It was a flag,
A minor rearrangement of molecules.

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