Community Digest

ALUMNI NEWS

Extended Famlies: A Memoir of India by Ven Begamudre (fiction, ’99) is available now for through Cocteau Books.

 

A collection of short stories, The Dark Dark by Samantha Hunt (fiction ’99) is available from Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

 

Lesley Valdes (poetry, ’15) has a poem, “At the corner store–” in The Boiler. 

 

 

 

Two poems by Dilruba Ahmed (poetry, 09) appear in Alaska Quarterly Review:

 


FACULTY NEWS

57 Octaves Below Middle C by Kevin McIlvoy is available now from Four Way Books.

 

 

 

The Hidden Machinery: Essays on Writing by Margot Livesey is available now from Tin House Books.

New Digital Downloads + Tom Lux Tribute Reading

New Digital Downloads + Tom Lux Tribute Reading

The digital downloads from the 2017 WWC/MFA summer residency are now available.  Included in the bounty is this summer’s Tom Lux Tribute reading.  Download it for free with any purchase, or listen below!

Download Summer 2017 Lectures Here.

A Thomas Lux Tribute

Recorded at the July 2017 residency of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

In honor of former faculty member Thomas Lux (1946-2017), who taught in the MFA Program for Writers from 1979 until 2006, Stephen Dobyns, Brooks Haxton, Heather McHugh, and Alan Shapiro read from Lux’s poetry and offer remembrances of their friend and colleague.

Here’s the playlist:

Stephen Dobyns: “The Swimming Pool”
Brooks Haxton: “An Horatian Notion”
Heather McHugh: “The Milkman and His Son”
Alan Shapiro:  “I Love You Sweatheart”
Thomas Lux: “Snake Lake”
Here’s the link to “Snake Lake” originally published in the Atlantic.
“After the Earthquake: Oral Histories on Life, Death & Survival in Port-au-Prince, Haiti” by Peter Orner

“After the Earthquake: Oral Histories on Life, Death & Survival in Port-au-Prince, Haiti” by Peter Orner

An essay by Peter Orner (fiction) appears in Guernica:

After the Earthquake: Oral Histories on Life, Death & Survival in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

by Peter Orner

Five years ago Dr. Evan Lyon, a physician who has worked in Haiti since 1996, and I began to conduct interviews with residents of the city of Port-au-Prince. We set out with considerable help from Laura Scott, Jean Pierre Marseille, Katie Kane, Doug Ford, and Edward Loiseau. The project started with a simple notion: What’s life like on the streets of Haiti’s largest city since the cataclysmic earthquake of January 12, 2010? There are number of good books about Haiti, but too many of them, it seemed to us, interpreted life in “the poorest country in the western hemisphere” through the lens of an outsider. We wanted to create a book that, so much as possible, might give a reader an unmitigated view of the struggle to survive–and endure–in, yes, one of the poorest but also, one of the most vibrant cities in our hemisphere.

“The Blues In My Heart, The Rhythm In My Soul” by Cammy Thomas (poetry, ’99)

“The Blues In My Heart, The Rhythm In My Soul” by Cammy Thomas (poetry, ’99)

A poem by Cammy Thomas (poetry, ’99) appears in The Missouri Review:

 

The Blues in My Heart, the Rhythm in My Soul

—for SMM

She asked for my Elmore James album—
the only time she asked me for anything
in the eight years she cooked
and cleaned and washed our hair,
picked us up from school
and helped us bathe and choose our clothes.

. . . for the poet’s contextual note, and the rest of the poem, continue reading here.