Spring Semester

Dear Returning Students:

I am in the beginning stages of assigning mentors for spring courses, so I need your faculty requests ASAP. Please let me know which particular courses you intend to register, and which faculty mentor you prefer for each course. It’s a good idea to send me second and third choices, in case some faculty are not available. Those of you who will be in Thesis semester in the spring need to speak directly to your desired thesis mentors to gauge their interest in advising your thesis before you send me your request.

Even if you don’t have faculty requests, please let me know exactly how many and which course you intend to register. The deadline for faculty requests is Nov. 2. If I haven’t received requests for you by then, I will assign faculty to you on the 3rd. Thesis students must choose their own thesis advisors; I do not assign them.

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Dear Incoming and First-Semester Students,

Please disregard any communications you may be receiving from the Registrar, Graduate Studies, or the Writing Dept.  regarding registration. The MFA program handles registration separately in its own procedure; so you need not do anything until I provide you with sections and registration instructions several weeks from now.

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The Hundred Year Neighborhood

Alumnus Ercole Gaudioso’s novel, The Hundred Year Neighborhood (working title), has been accepted by Guernica Editions for publication in 2016. 

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Dodge Poetry Festival

I hope our poet community has the time to participate in the “Dodge Poetry Festival” in Newark, NJ. This event attracts tens of thousands of poets and writers. The event begins on Thursday, October 23 and runs through Sunday. Also, the eateries in the Ironbound section of Newark do not disappoint.

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Poor Yorick LAUNCHED publications!



Please check out the journal, share, like, pass on the word!

Erik, thanks for pioneering this entire endeavor. Cara, this wouldn’t be so amazing without your organization and web design work. Brian L thanks for your journalism pieces and social media networking. Thanks Thanks to all the MFA past and present staff: Erik, Dana, Jeannette, Michael, David, Hannah, Brian L, Cara, Karen, Frances, Katie, Catherine. INCREDIBLE. And Brian Clements, thanks so much for all your solid support.

-Melissa :)

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Brian Turner Reading and Workshop

Folks, Brian Turner’s reading will be Nov. 3 at 6:30 in Alumni Hall. We rarely have writers of this caliber on campus; I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity. http://www.brianturner.org/poetry/

If you don’t have plans for that evening and live relatively close to Danbury (in CT, or within an hour’s drive), I sincerely hope you will come out and support this program. If we want to continue having top-quality writers visit campus, we need to support it with bodies in seats.

I also encourage you to read one or all of Turner’s books in advance of the reading.

Following the reading, there will be a poetry workshop starting at 7:30 (location to be announced as we approach the reading). There will be only 15 seats in the workshop, and 5 of those are already reserved. I am reserving 5 seats for graduate students; if you are a poet in the program, you should be contacting me immediately to reserve one of those 5 seats. Seats are NOT only for poets–all students are welcome. The remaining 5 seats will be reserved for undergraduates. I am holding all of those reservations until Oct. 29, at which time anyone (including alumni) can sign up for any unfilled seats.

Please plan to join us on the 3rd!

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Brian Turner at WCSU

MFA Folk,

Poet and memoirist Brian Turner will be joining us in early November for a reading and a workshop. I hope all of you who are in the area will obtain and read some of his work (Here, Bullet and Phantom Noise in poetry–Here, Bullet was the first significant book to come from an Iraq veteran and is an excellent book, as is PN–and this year’s memoir My Life as a Foreign Country). Keep an eye here for details on workshop signup and location. The reading will be free and open to the public at 6:30 on November 3. The workshop will have limited seating and will start at 7:30. Spread the word…


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