“Letter to a Cockroach, Now Dead and Mixed into a Bar of Chocolate” by Matthew Olzmann

A poem by faculty member and alum Matthew Olzmann (poetry, ’09) appears at the Kenyon Review:

Regulations allow for, on average, sixty insect fragments
per hundred grams of chocolate
in America. You are pulverized.
The thorax, the head, the legs that no longer twitch.
Invisible and milk-smooth.
Nothing harbors a secret like sweetness.

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40th Anniversary Auction Preview!

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!).


HeatherA weeklong, upscale Pacific Northwest Vacation, with stops on Vancouver Island and Olympic National Park, plus an evening of fine dining with Heather McHugh!









Florida Story Spectacular includes a twenty-five page short story manuscript review and basket of local goodies from the Sunshine State, from Lauren Groff!







Book Club visit in person or by Skype with Margot Livesey!imgres-1







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.



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“This Was Improbable Too” by Peggy Shinner

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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Don’t Miss The Post MFA/Alumni Writing Conference

The deadline for this year’s Post MFA/Alumni Writing Conference and 40th Anniversary Gala is fast approaching. Go to friendsofwriters.org for details and links to register and pay. You’ve got three options: come for the Full Stay and bask in a week of hanging with your peers, the best reading series ever (seriously), classes, workshops, Snake Lake, take your pick. Or come for the Short Stay for some of the same. In either case you’ll be at the home campus for the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the first and best Low-Rez MFA Program, and if it’s all you can do, come for the Gala Only to meet, celebrate, and dance with fellow alums, current students, and faculty.
Click Here for all the Details:  The Alumni Conference and Gala
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Join FOW in A Match Challenge to Support the EBV Scholarship Fund!

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.)

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