Registration and Master Classes

Dear Students,

I emailed registration info to everyone yesterday (except a couple of you from whom I need a bit more info). Please check your email, if you haven’t done so already, and register as soon as possible for your fall courses.

Also, if you haven’t read the descriptions for the master classes by AB Westrick and Mardi Jo Link coming up at the residency, you don’t know that you have reading assignments. Please check the workshop descriptions on the MFA web page and read accordingly (in addition to reading Westrick’s and Link’s winning books!).


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And another

J Journal: New Writing on Justice seeks submissions.  Now in its eighth year, J publishes creative writing with a justice theme, its most powerful pieces approaching justice tangentially rather than directly.  J Journal has received strong notices in review sites and a Pushcart Prize for fiction.  Send previously unpublished literary fiction, poetry, memoir or personal essays that address the issue of justice to:

We read year round and have published several MFA students and recent MFA grads.

Three poems or 6000 words of prose, max.

Please include email address for reply (manuscripts recycled).



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Call for MFA Submissions

Fjords Review is looking for work from MFA students:

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Pre-Book Launch Giveaway

Cinderella Borscht Belt CoverHi All,

Enter to win a free ebook or print edition of Cinderella Borscht Belt due to be released by Kellan Publishing on July 10th. Click on this link to enter. The sweepstakes ends on July 9th and there will be ten lucky winners.

To read a sample chapter, go to my website

Feel free to forward this information to all your friends and family. I’m looking forward to seeing you all at the summer residency coming up and will be happy to answer any questions you have. See you in a couple of months.


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Reminder: Residency Workshops

I have heard from about half of the folks who will be attending the August residency about their workshop preferences. Josh Pahigian’s workshop is full at this point, and there are only a couple seats left in Sara Darer’s workshop. So, if you haven’t yet emailed me your preferences, please do so ASAP so that you get the workshop you want. Please select either Ofgang or Debenham for the workshops on the 3rd. As indicated on the workshop descriptions (available at the MFA web page), you have until the 26th of June to sign up; after that date, you will be assigned to workshops.

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Josh Pahigian’s New Piece at USA Today

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Poor Yorick News

Hi All!

Hope everyone is enjoying the start to summer. I wanted to let you all know where we are with staffing for Poor Yorick.

August 1 we will welcome Mel Muhkerjee as the new Editor! :) Mel is working hard on learning the ropes of PY over the summer.

Justin O’Donnell has taken over the Web Editor role, and Carolyn Bernier has stepped into the Associate Blog Editor role. As of August 1, I will take on the role of Sr. Blog Editor. Mary Ann Campbell continues on as Copy Editor (thank goodness!). We have a STRONG line-up of Associate Editors: Catherine D’Andrea, Michael Honore, Erik Ofgang, Cara Petitti, Jeannette Ronson, and Karen Veazey.

We hope more MFAers will consider joining the staff. There will be opportunities at Residency to hear more about the journal and opportunities:
Poor Yorick Workshop: Monday 8/3 1:00-2:00
Poor Yorick staff meeting (open to all interested): Tuesday 8/4 1:00-2:00

Also, all are welcome to our next staff meeting.
When: Monday 7/7 5:30
Where: Midtown Campus, Higgins Annex 110

Any questions, please email me: Check out the latest and greatest at!

Thanks everyone. See you at Residency.

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