The MFA Spotlight

Introducing the MFA Spotlight! Here we will feature MFA faculty and mentors so that students can get to know them better. A big thank you to this week’s spotlight: John Roche!

“Write. Read. Write more. Repeat. It’s estimated that about 109 billion people have ever lived, and that’s still the most important thing about writing anyone’s come up with…” Click to Read More…

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Call for Enrichment Projects

Hello MFA Community,

We are so proud of and impressed by your enrichment projects that we would like to showcase them on the website and our social media platforms!

If you have photos of your past enrichment project or your project in process and you would like to contribute, please send them to

Use the subject line “Enrichment Project,” and include a brief description of your project.


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Book Signings at AWP 2019

Hi, all –

If you’re planning to attend AWP 2019 in Portland, OR and would like to schedule a book signing at the West Conn table, please contact me by November 1st:



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Reading Thursday Evening

I hope some of you will have time to come hear some fine poems from Amy Nawrocki, a few poems from me, and a little conversation this Thursday, Oct. 4, 7 pm at the Norwalk Public Library for the Poets in Conversation series, hosted by Laurel Peterson.

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Editorial Analyst Position–the Obama Foundation


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Neil Nyren on how editors choose what to buy

This column comes from The Third Degree, the Mystery Writers of America’s newsletter. I found it inspiring and encouraging. Neil Nyren on how editors choose what to buy

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Paid Internship

Roche posted this on Facebook, so I thought it would be appropriate here–sounds like a great opportunity!

My public relations firm, Giles Communications, is located in the former PepsiCo World Headquarters in Katonah, New York. I am seeking two highly-motivated, self-starting interns who wish to change the world while gaining valuable public relations experience in a hands-on environment.

Further qualifications? You are intellectually restless, naturally curious, relentlessly positive and self-motivated in completing awesome music and consumer tech-related projects. You are extremely articulate, possess exceptional writing skills and hate bad grammar with a vengeance.

By working with a national leader in the public relations and marketing communications field, our interns develop marketable skills and lay the foundations for successful careers in the industry. They also build the confidence that comes from having real-world accomplishments under their belts.

Tasks include, but are not limited to: media contact research, news story research, press release writing, results summaries, administrative support.

A major in communications, public relations, journalism or English is desired. You are a recent college grad or a college senior in good academic standing.

This is a paid internship. Giles will work with students to ensure they receive college credit, if applicable, for their work.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to me at

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