“Supermodel Throwdown,” and “Listening to Men Drinking in the Next Room” by Tony Hoagland

Work from faculty member Tony Hoagland appears in The American Journal of Poetry:


Supermodel Throwdown

I watch the TV contestants attempt to climb the cliff
and fall off again and again.

When they get to the top they encounter the giant fan
and the whipped cream challenge.

. . . continue reading this poem and “Listening to Men Drinking in the Next Room” here.

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Interview + Award-Winning Story by Faculty Member CJ Hribal

Faculty Member C. J. Hribal’s Story “Do I Look Sick To You? (Notes on How to Make Love to a Cancer Patient)” was selected by Ha Jin as a winner of the Goldenberg Prize for Fiction, 2017.  (This is the second year in a row a member of the WWC/MFA community has won this award.)

The Bellevue Literary Review has an interview with C.J. on their website.  It includes a link to the winning story.

What inspired you to write “Do I Look Sick To You”?

I was very much in love with someone who’d had a very rare form of cancer before I knew her. It came roaring back—very aggressive, very resistant to treatment—just as we were talking about marriage. I ended up taking two sets of notes. One set was just trying to keep track of the avalanche of information that was bombarding us—about the disease itself, about treatment protocols, about the drugs and their side effects and the drugs they were using to help alleviate the symptoms of the other drugs they were using. Another set of notes was my emotional response to what was happening to her, to me, to us.

Two things came out of that second set of notes. One was that cancer affects everything, every nook and cranny of your life, and I hadn’t seen a lot written about how it affects intimacy. The other was that there’s a weird counter-narrative out there. We use war and battle metaphors when talking about cancer—we “fight” it. And because we love happy endings, one narrative that’s out there unintentionally is that if you fight it and will it hard enough, you can beat cancer, and if cancer “wins,” then you weren’t fighting or trying hard enough. The first part of that narrative is understandable, even necessary. The second part is pernicious. There are many types of cancer, and some offer you essentially zero chance of survival. I’ve had friends and well-meaning people—cancer survivors—who’ve unintentionally conveyed that message, and part of what was behind this story was giving voice to the rage and to all the other complex emotions people feel when they are “fighting” and “losing” a “battle” they had no chance of “winning.” This doesn’t mean you don’t fight, but sometimes cancer does hold all the cards. Eventually what matters is that we treat each other with kindness and with tenderness.

Read the rest of the interview here:  INTERVIEW WITH CJ

And read the award winning story here:  Do I Look Sick To You? (Notes on How to Make Love to a Cancer Patient)

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“Las Palmas Reales” by C. Dale Young

A poem from faculty member C. Dale Young appears in the Spring 2017 issue of Blackbird:



Las Palmas Reales
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The palm trees clustered together on this beach,
transplanted here almost fifty years ago,
require not even a single word of praise—
unfortunately, I am not like these palms.
The bluish green Caribbean creates no sense
of urgency for them, no sense of being

. . . continue reading here.

(Photo by William Anthony)

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“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.

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Community Digest (May 2017)

Faculty News & Publications

ω Michael Parker has a new book of stories, Everything, Then, and Since, forthcoming in June from Bull City Press. 






ω Robin Romm has edited a collection of essays, Double Bind: Women on Ambition, available from WW Norton. 






ω A story from David Haynes, “The Weight of Things,” appears in Issue 36 of Natural Bridge.


Alumni News & Publications

“Stolen Boy,” a story from Nancy J. Allen (fiction, ’12), is winner of the 2017 Short Story America Prize. Congratulations, Nancy!



ω Lindsay Remee Ahl (poetry, ’13), has a poem, “The Mother,” in the Spring 2017 issue of The Georgia Review. 





ω A collection of poems, Wild Water Childby Rose Auslander (poetry, ’15), won the 2016 Bass River Press Poetry Competition, and is now available for purchase through Amazon. Rose also has a poem, “Dead Moon, Brooklyn,” in Tupelo Quarterly




ω A collection of poems, The Dangling Houseby Maeve Kinkaid (poetry, ’08, is available now from Barrow Street.




ω An essay by Rick Bursky (poetry, ’03) appears online in The AGNI Blog.


ω Mike Puican (poetry, ’09) has poems appearing in two anthologies celebrating the 100th anniversary of Gwendolyn Brooks: The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks available now through University of Arkansas Press, and Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks, available for purchase from Curbside Splendor


ω Dilruba Ahmed (poetry, ’09), has two poems, “The Feast,” and “Choke,” in AGNI, Issue 85, 2017. 



ω “Vrbitza,” a poem by Aggie Zivaljevic (fiction, ’05), appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of The Literary Review (TLR)

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2017 Guggenheim Fellowships Awarded to Jennifer Grotz, Marisa Silver, Samantha Hunt, and Victoria Chang

Congratulations to the following members of the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers community on winning 2017 Guggenheim Fellowships:


Jennifer Grotz (poetry)


Marisa Silver (fiction; fiction, ’96)



Samantha Hunt (fiction, ’99)


Victoria Chang (poetry, ’05)

Read individual profiles and press releases here.


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