Buzzed Launch Party

Hi, Everyone,

I’m excited to announce that at long last my debut book is coming out. Buzzed: Beers, Booze, & Coffee Brews, Where to Enjoy the Best Craft Beverages in New England.
My publisher, Islandport Press, is throwing a launch party on Saturday, June 4, at Two Roads Brewery in Stratford, Connecticut. I’d like to invite all those associated with the program to attend. If you think you might come please let me know and I’ll make sure you get an official invite.
This book began in classes at the MFA and was made possible thanks to a recommendation from Josh Pahigian.
Hope some of you can make it and if not, it’s a great Father’s Day gift for the craft beverage drinking dad in your life.
Erik Ofgang
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Poor Yorick Blog

Summertime is a great time to contribute to our own Poor Yorick Journal. We are currently planning a series on the Haas Library archives. Past posts have covered topics from ghosts, graveyards and vampires, to mirrors and museums, nature and yoga, old books and antiques, wedding veils and railways. Check them out at and be inspired to write about a rediscovered object that matters to you. I would love to hear your story. Email me at

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Graduate Assistantships

A reminder to all students interested in Graduate Assistantships–you must file a new Assistantship application for each semester. I highly recommend that you file your application for the fall as soon as possible.

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Enrichment Presentations

So far, I have no one signed up for enrichment presentations. Going once…

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HANZAI JAPAN a finalist for the Locus Award

I am pretty pleased right now. My latest anthology, Hanzai Japan, a cross-genre collection of science fictional and fantastical crime/mystery stories, is a finalist for the Locus Award in the Anthology category.




Competition includes work edited by…*gulp* George R. R. Martin. Ah well, it’s an honor to be nominated. But do check out the book—it contains new stories by best-selling science fiction/fantasy authors such as Carrie Vaughn and Jeff Somers, and crime writers including S. J. Rozan and Naomi Hirahara. And those are just the Anglophone writers—it also includes translated work by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, whose novel All You Need is KILL formed the basis for the 2014 Tom Cruise film Edge of Tomorrow (I spoke about that one residency not too long ago), Yumeaki Hirayama, and more.

And now it’s also an award nominee! Don’t make me assign it on a syllabus in order to get you all to check it out.

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My Interview with Pine Hills Review

Those of you who will be taking my workshop in August may find some of this interview, just out today, interesting.


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The Garfields

MFA Mentor Hank Garfield has written the Introduction to a new book about the shooting and death of Hank’s great-great grandfather, President James Garfield. The book is due out in September.,677268.aspx

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