A new poem by alumnus Tommye Blount (poetry, ’13) appears in Vinyl Poetry:
I. Willi Ninja, Mother of the House of Ninja
Bitch, give me a body
and I will show you how it works.
Break it down
like the math of my hands—
have you seen my hands?—
first, a blade, then a compact,
now, a mirror. What you see
is a legend on the map.
Continue reading at Vinyl Poetry online.Read More
Applications are now being accepted for the 2014/2015 Joan Beebe Graduate Teaching Fellowship. The Fellowship offers a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers a one-year, non-renewable teaching position in the undergraduate Creative Writing program at Warren Wilson College. The Beebe Fellowship is available to all Warren Wilson MFA alumni, including those who received the degree during the years the program was at Goddard College. Some teaching experience is required. This year’s Beebe Fellow will have a concentration in fiction, although a facility with multiple genres is most beneficial for the program.
Full guidelines are available at http://www.wwcmfa.org/alumni/fellowship-opportunities/beebe-fellowship/. The deadline is February 1, 2014.Read More
A new interview with faculty member Ellen Bryant Voigt, “discussing her new collection and the poetic process behind it,” appears online at The Rumpus:
The Rumpus: This is your first poetry book after your collected poems, surely a moment of self-reckoning. And yet, Headwaters: the source of a river, the flow of a mind—the poems are so fresh and unleashed. What surprised you most when you started writing them?
Ellen Bryant Voigt: I think their tolerance of a certain kind of excess, particularly their double-stitching, that amount of direct repetition. It’s borne, perhaps, from recognition of impermanence, rather the opposite of chiseling a poem into stone—and unlike the chisel, it allows faster, multiple shifts of tone, redirections, mid-course corrections.Read More
Why are these people smiling? Because they had so much fun at the 2013 conference!
We are pleased to announce that the 2014 Alumni Conference will be held at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA from June 28 to July 5. Those of you who have never attended a conference before have probably already heard it: Come! You’ll be welcomed! Well, it’s true, because you already belong here. Lots of recent grads have come in the last few years; reach out to someone you know who attended to check it out. Maybe recruit a buddy or two to share a ride (or teach a course or sit on a panel). We hope to have more information on prices, etc., in the next few weeks, so keep your eye on the blog or check in with wwcmfa.org from time to time.
Photo credit: Marcia Pelletiere.Read More
A new poem by alumnus Ross White (poetry, ’08) appeared on Poetry Daily, Saturday, November 23, 2013.
Ross’s poem originally appeared in the current issue of New England Review (Vol. 34, #2), which also features work by alumnus Cody Heartz (poetry, ’13), and faculty members Laura Kasischke, Dana Levin, and Megan Staffel.
Quae Nocent Saepe Docent
My bow-legs crossed, I sat before someone I thought the great teacher.
His whole body a fist, he said, “Pain is the great teacher.”