Tuesday, May 29, 2007

New Registration Options

Dear MFA Students,

Please check your email for an important announcement that requires your response. Beginning with Fall 2007, you now have a variety of enrollment options; you will be able to choose the option that suits you best for your financial needs. I have emailed you an attachment that outlines the differences between the options. If you have any questions about your options, please don't hesitate to get in touch.


Friday, May 18, 2007

Interesting Article at Poetry Foundation Website on Blogging


For those of you poets (and others) interested in blogging, here is a helpful article, by poet Shannon Compton, on the benefits of blogging.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Friday, May 11, 2007

August Residency Dates

The August residency will run from July 28 through August 5 (travel dates inclusive). The opening dinner will be scheduled for 7 pm on July 28. On August 5, there will be no activities--it is simply a travel date. There will be activities through the evening on August 4. The residency is a day longer this time to incorporate a reception for our graduates and other activities.

We look forward to seeing everyone in a few months!

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Blog This!

Hi everyone. Sometimes I can post to this site, sometimes not. Oh well, the joys of the virtual world!

I know you are probably tiring of my raves about the blog. However, as I build traffic to my blogsite The Eclectic Writer I am amazed at the network I am building for my writing.

For example, reading Brain, Child: The Magazine for Working Mothers on line I came across a fantastic personal essay, Weaning Ella, by Jill Christman. I liked it so much, in fact, I googled Jill's contact information -- she's the Chair of creative writing at Ball State University -- and mentioned I liked the article so much I was going to link to it on my blog.

I got the nicest note in return and established a contact! She also told me about her memoir,
Darkroom: A Family Exposure. I haven't read it yet, but it sounds intriguing. As many of you are memoirists, I thought you might be interested.

On another note, on a recent posting to the MFA blog I mentioned having a commentary I wrote for a Time magazine blog posted on the site. Checking back in, I saw that there was one comment to the post -- and it was from Lisa Cullen, the journalist who works for Time and writes the blog! Lesson learned is that my linking back to the MFA site brought Lisa here. So again, there is tremendous exposure you can build for your work and to get yourself known.

If anyone is truly interested in blogging in support of their writing ambitions or to help build their platforms (there, you knew I couldn't finish this without referencing the platform) let me know. Time has been tight lately, but I wouldn't mind doing a mini-workshop to share my learnings if anyone was interested. Informal but informative.


Wednesday, May 02, 2007

8 Poets & Writers @ Natural Foods Market Sunday

May 6 / Fiddleheads Natural Supermarket
For More Information Contact
Fiddleheads Market
55 Village Green Drive
Litchfield, CT 06759


* Barbara Parsons, Couldn't Keep It To Myself, Testimonies from Our Imprisoned Sisters, HarperCollins, edited by Wally Lamb; forthcoming: I'll Fly Away; Further Testimonies from Our Imprisoned Sisters, HarperCollins, edited by Wally Lamb.

* Martin Schiller, Bread, Butter And Sugar: A Boy's Journey Through The Holocaust And Postwar Europe, Hamilton Books.

* Shouhua Qi, New: Red Guard Fantasies and Other Stories (San Francisco: The Long River Press, 2007); When the Purple Mountain Burns (San Francisco: The Long River Press, 2005). Forthcoming: a novel about American Korean War POWs who chose to go to China at the time of armistice (1953).

* Sharon Charde, Bad Girl at the Altar Rail, Flume Press; Four Trees Down From Ponte Sisto, Dallas Poets Community Press; editor, I Am Not A Juvenile Delinquent, anthology by the creative writing students of Touchstone, a residential treatment facility for female adolescent offenders in Litchfield, Ct.
Forthcoming, Branch In His Hand, Backwaters Press.

* Oscar De Los Santos, Hard Boiled Egg (Fine Tooth Press, 2004) and Infinite Wonderlands (Fine Tooth Press, 2006).

* Jessica Treat, A Robber in the House (Coffee House Press) and Not a Chance, stories and novella (FC2, 2000).

* Louis Colavecchio, forthcoming, You Thought It Was More: The Real Providence Brought To Life.

* Franz Douskey, Rowing Across The Dark, University of Georgia Press. Forthcoming, The Unknown Sinatra.

The readings follow a reception at 10:30 a.m. by the Litchfield High Jazz Combo.