Heather McHugh’s Caregifted

HeatherUpworthy has posted a piece on faculty member Heather McHugh and her nonprofit Caregifted:

Imagine you won half a million dollars for being a genius.

Heather did.

Heather McHugh is a poet from Seattle. She is also a genius.

The MacArthur Foundation gave her over $600,000 in unrestricted grant money for her poetry, which the foundation calls “intellectually challenging, yet emotionally engaging verse that balances gravity with humor.”

Winners of this “genius grant” can do whatever they want with the cash.

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The FOW Fall Gala is Next Month!

Tickets are live for the Soiree for Scholarships in Minneapolis!

Please download the flyer and help us to spread the word! Download Soiree Flyer

For questions, contact Mary Jo Thompson, Event Co-chair, at mjthompso@visi.com.


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Introducing Amanda Lowery

We’re delighted to welcome Amanda Lowery as our new MFA Project Manager for Administration, Finance, and Web Communications. Amanda recently moved to Asheville from Baltimore where she worked as a project manager, event planner, and executive assistant for seven years with two nonprofits, Maryland Works, Inc. and the Maryland Disabilities Forum. She holds a BA in English from Salisbury University and an MA in Liberal Studies from Loyola University. Her first day was August 24. Welcome, Amanda! And we all send our best wishes and gratitude to Jessica Lane, whose last day with us was August 28.


New staff 1L-R: Amanda Lowery, Jessica Lane, and Elana Roseberry
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“There Is Always a Face to Tend to” by Tommye Blount

A poem by alum Tommye Blount (poetry, ’13) appears at The Offing:

Look at your Manhunt profile: “White muscle power bottom looking

for a non-fem black top to fuck me in a mask and a hood.” You want

a rape scene you saw in a movie once, a kind of beauty

only a man not used to pain prays for. “The door will be unlocked —

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Three Poems by Michael Collins

Three poems by alum Michael Collins (poetry, ’03) appear at Sequestrum:

The Sacrosanct Mallard of Mamaroneck Harbor

Listen, Jesus, it wasn’t my idea
for this mallard to stand on the dock,
stretching his wings out all crucifixiony.

Hell, I thought he was a crow.

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