“Second Country” by Fred Arroyo

An essay by alumnus Fred Arroyo (fiction, ’97) appears at Origins:

In the fall of 1992 I began attending Purdue University as an English major. I was a first-generation college student, and I was trying to take an imaginative leap outside my family and class. Books held no value in my family, and though my mother attended night school to receive her GED, my father only had a third grade education. My parents never had any advice, wisdom, or financial means to help me. These are my origins and I felt at the time that I needed to escape them.

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Friends of Writers Benefit Readings

On January 7, the third in a series of remarkable Friends of Writers benefit readings by Boston-area Warren Wilson alumni took place in Cambridge, MA. Helen Fremont, Jen Kelly , Geoff Kronik , Jackie Malone, and Mary Medlin read their work.  The previous two events have featured Jayne Benjulian, Laura Cherry, Lisa Van Orman Hadley, and Stan Yarbro; also Patrick Donnelly, Cammy Thomas, Lenore Myka, Rosalind Vas Dias  and Susan Sterling. As always, there was a social hour beforehand.

Helen Fremont and Mary Medlin at Boston alumni readingThe reading series was created by alums Helen Fremont and Tracy Winn. According to Tracy, “our goal was two-fold: to raise money for Friends of Writers scholarship programs, while creating a community of Warren Wilson MFA alums. Readers are also asked to be listeners: they commit to attending as an audience member at least one other time in the academic year. We have raised over $1,500 so far, and we encourage alums in other cities to hold their own events. Everyone is finding the series to be a source of community and inspiration—and anyone wanting a blueprint for how to start and maintain a series like this, please contact me at tracy_winn@me.com

The next Boston area reading is March 18, and if you are a Warren Wilson MFA alum who is interested in creating similar readings in your own city, please do accept Tracy’s offer and contact her at the email address above.

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Five Poems by Colleen Abel

Five poems by alumna Colleen Abel (poetry, ’04) appear at The Collagist:

NiobeLetter to an Agoraphobic FatherDouble CaryatidAlternate EndingsNamesake

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January 2015 Lecture and Class Recordings Now Available

Recorded lectures and classes are now available back to 2007. Recordings are available from the MFA STORE. Your purchase will support the Friends of Writers and the MFA Program for Writers.

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“Landfill” by Marta Maretich

A piece by alumna Marta Maretich (’91) appears at Boom California:

“Please go away,” the handwritten sign says. “It’s not worth getting a bullet in your ass.” The sign is taped to the wall in the kitchen of the house my family abandoned in Bakersfield.

“I guess they couldn’t read,” my neighbor Mario says and laughs nervously. The house has become a magnet for criminals, a mid-century, ranch-style fortress to be defended by Mario. “Right here’s where I shot through the door.”

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