Sarah Stone on Strategic Opacity

You can download the full lecture from the MFA STORE.

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Alan Shapiro to Receive the North Carolina Award

Faculty member Alan Shapiro will receive the 2014 North Carolina Award. This is the highest civilian honor the State of North Carolina can bestow. More information can be found online…

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“Grotesquerie” by RJ Gibson

A poem by alumnus RJ Gibson (poetry, ’11) appear at VerseDaily:

Mid-June: this sky a Schuyler sky,
scalloping off toward every horizon, a blue I lack
the name for, like a shirt

I admired with stays
instead of buttons. But on this spot what
had been a wild brown rabbit.

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“Mascots” by Lenore Myka

A new piece by alumna Lenore Myka (fiction, ’09) appears at the New England Review:

We came from many corners of the globe, though in truth they were corners found primarily in North America and the European Union, which is to say, the corners of the globe that mattered. We were employed by our governments or the big acronyms—IRC, UNESCO, USAID, ICRC, WHO—and like twins who create a language only they can understand, we discussed IFBs and RFPs, the OAU and OAS; the newest IO partnering with a local NGO.

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“Confession of the Ugly Girl” from Cynthia Reeves

A story by alumna Cynthia Reeves (fiction, ’06) appears at Waxwing:

We were the ugly girls. You know the ones, our hair hanging limp in oily strands pulled tight with red rubber bands. Glasses slipping, perpetually slipping past the deep red gouges, like third eyebrows, bridging our noses. Whiteheads blistering, rimmed with purple rings. We jabbed our glasses with thick fingers. We picked and scabbed. We scarred easily.

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