Job at Poets & Writers

DEVELOPMENT & MARKETING ASSISTANT – FULL-TIME – NYC OFFICE – The development and marketing assistant works with the managing director and the assistant director of development and marketing to promote Poets & Writers’ programs, to advance its mission, and to raise contributed income. The assistant coordinates all aspects of the Friends of Poets & Writers program (over 2,000 members); tracks and acknowledges donations; and facilitates communications with constituent groups though a bi-weekly e-newsletter and social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter. The position requires great attention to detail and facility with database and e-marketing software; it offers an opportunity to gain experience in all aspects of development and marketing. Download the job description and application instructions:

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Editor / Copywriter Opening


Ethan Allen (Danbury, CT) is hiring an entry level Editor / Copywriter. The company currently employs 18 WestConn alumni according to LinkedIn.

Job posting here.



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New Student Orientation Room Change

Heads up: the Orientation session on Monday will take place in Westside Classroom Building 241 (not 243).

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Reading Assignment for Reading Like a Writer Workshop

Students enrolled in the “Reading Like A Writer” workshop should read the following documents:

1. A short excerpt from the book Reading Like A Writer, by Francine Prose. File was emailed to you this morning.

2. A very short story: “Bullet in the Brain” by Tobias Wolff. Link: (, Bullet in the Brain.pdf) This story is so widely anthologized you can easily find it in print form in many other places such as fiction textbooks or in at your local library or bookstore.

3. The Kindle or iTunes sample of The Glass Castle: A Memoir, by Jeannette Walls (or equivalent in print). Note: The iTunes/ibooks sample is longer than the Amazon/Kindle version. If you are using Amazon/Kindle, just read the whole thing. If you download via iTunes/iBooks, read only halfway through II: “Desert”, just until the paragraph ending with “Tinkerbell can make it on her own,” Dad said. “She’s like my brave little girl. You are brave and ready for adventure, right?”. So just stop after the narrator leaves her toy behind.

I’m looking forward to seeing all of you and talking about these and additional texts that can be more quickly consumed. Pre-reading these documents will enable you to participate in a group exercise.

~Sandy Barron

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I AM PROVIDENCE is out now

My latest novel, I Am Providence, is shipping a bit early from and will be in better bookstores everywhere next month.


It’s a mystery novel of sorts, and set at a convention for fans of H. P. Lovecraft. It’s getting some good reviews so far, including this starred review from Booklist, which reads, in part:


This smart, fun novel is filled with hilarious satire. The story takes an honest look at Lovecraft’s troubling legacy of racism and sexism and how it comes into play during this current revival in his popularity, but you can also feel Mamatas’ true affection for the author and the larger community of misfit horror authors. A great choice for readers who enjoyed Matt Ruff’s Lovecraft Country (2016); those who liked the dark humor, mystery, and speculative elements in Ben H. Winters’ The Last Policeman trilogy; and anyone who has ever been part of a fandom. 

It’s been written up in a few other places as well, and more reviews and some interviews are on the way. Check it out!


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Connecticut Magazine Writing Position

Hi, all,
Connecticut Magazine is looking for a staff writer. Professional journalism experience is a prerequisite for this position. Application instructions are included in the link below, but if you have any questions feel free to contact me at
Here is the listing:
Erik Ofgang
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Residency Hotel

This primarily for new students, but a reminder to all: the Maron Hotel across the street from campus is the preferred hotel. If you call and tell them you are with the MFA program, they will give you a reduced rate. If any of you are interested in sharing a room to cut costs, the blog is a good place to find roomies similarly interested. The days are long and tiring, so if you live more than 20 minutes or so away, I would recommend staying in Danbury at least some of the nights if not all.

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