“Rubato” by Ellen Bryant Voigt

Ellen Bryant Voigt’s “Rubato”  is featured in the Kenyon Review:


For the action: hammers of walnut—nussbaum, “nut tree”;
the pinblock, hard-grained beech;

the keyframe, oak; the keybed, pine;
the knuckles, rosewood. In the belly, to ripen the tone,

maple, mahogany, and ironwood,
also called “hornbeam.” The soundboard

spruce, best ratio of strength to weight, once split
not sawed, strip after narrow strip,

one-ply like the back of a cello, pressed together,
over which the struck strings quiver.

Continue reading online…

Read More

“The Deer” by Faith S. Holsaert

A new poem by alumna Faith S. Holsaert (poetry, ’82) appears online at Broke Journal:



She doesn’t know they are deer.


Mother arms carry her

in her squishy coat, gift

from her Brooklyn grandma

who is not here and never comes here,


but the grandma would know they are deer.


Continue reading online…

Read More

An Interview with Stacey D’Erasmo

An interview with faculty member Stacey D’Erasmo appears at Guernica:

The task of every writer is to bend language until it somehow expresses the inexpressible. When music is involved, this work becomes even more daunting. How does one give life to music on the page?

In her fourth novel, Wonderland, Stacey D’Erasmo undertakes this challenge through the character of Anna Brundage, a 44-year-old indie musician embarking on a European comeback tour after seven years away from the spotlight. In prose that is rich, attentive to color, taste, and, of course, sound, Wonderland pulses with ambition and loss. D’Erasmo illuminates the life of a figure still largely unseen in literary fiction—the female rock star.

Continue reading online…

Read More

“Borderlands” by John Zic

A short story by alumnus John Zic (fiction, ’00) appears online in Issue 6 of The Museum of Americana:

The four men huddled cross-legged on flattened cardboard boxes. Each time a car passed on the Interstate overhead, a sharp wall of water spiked into the air and splashed onto the ground. The men didn’t pay attention to the cars, just as they didn’t pay attention to the water. Their level of comfort was directly proportional to their ability to distort perception. They’d accustomed themselves to the braided hum of tires on pavement, how the tires slammed over the seam in the roadbed and the entire overpass kicked. Background noise, tricks of the scenery. Things went easier if you didn’t pay too much attention. All the comings and goings, the passersby, all with destinations elsewhere, north or south, the belly or the heart, anywhere but here. At night, the men worked. During the day, they slept on the cardboard.

Continue reading online…

Read More

Post-Graduate Semester Application Reminder

Apply now for the Post-Graduate Semester!

PGL-R: Post-graduate student Lara Tupper (fiction, 2001)
with current students Margaret Draft, Emilie Beck, and Sarah Halper

“I became braver and more honest, packet by packet. Guided by my supervisor, I walked through doors I’d previously avoided in my memoir draft. My post-graduate term reinvigorated my need for writing community and my appreciation for the Program as a whole.”

Lara Tupper, post-graduate student in nonfiction
January-June 2014 semester

Graduates of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College now have an opportunity to return for a supervised semester toward a project in poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. 

Applicants must have received the MFA degree at least one year prior to application. Appropriate projects might include the completion of a book-length manuscript, new work that represents a radical departure in one’s prior aesthetic, the undertaking of a new form, or the exploration of another genre (poetry, fiction, or non-fiction).

Candidates should apply by September 15 for the January semester, or March 15 for the July semester. The application should be submitted electronically to the Director and will require:

  • the completed application form (available at wwcmfa.org);
  • a processing fee of $60 (a check for the processing fee should be mailed to the MFA office by the deadline; an application will not be processed until the check has been received);
  • a writing sample (10 pages of poetry, or 25 pages of prose, in the proposed genre);
  • a personal essay describing the project, its goals and challenges, as well as how the student hopes to use faculty resources to address them in the creative and analytical work;
  • a short analytical essay (now familiar to the applicant as an “annotation”) focusing on an issue of craft pertinent to his/her own work;
  • one recommendation from a former Program supervisor.


No transcript is necessary.  Applications will be reviewed by the Director and the faculty members of the Admissions Team for the relevant semester.  Full information is available at http://www.wwcmfa.org/alumni/post-graduate-semester/.

Read More