SUMMER HIATUS: We’ll be back in August!

But in the meantime, go read Shirley by MFA faculty member Susan Scarf Merrell!

http://www.largeheartedboy.com/blog/archive/2014/07/book_notes_susa_10.html

Celebrities With Books Friday

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Happy Rainy Friday!

explore-blog:

So wonderful: Love Letter from a Scientist by Utterlybanjaxed, with drawings by nimsley and Arbeekeypok.

Richard Feynman would approve. Pair with this vintage ode to discovery and creativity in science.

(via jtotheizzoe)

bookriot:

Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee.

Many books don’t receive the media attention or readership they deserve; we could’ve made this list of the year’s most unfairly neglected books at least twice as long.

Even though it’s still early, I don’t think taking a…

braiker:

EB White declines an invitation. I am absolutely going to steal this. (via)

braiker:

EB White declines an invitation. I am absolutely going to steal this. (via)

(via thenewrepublic)

Some more writing advice…

…from The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Normally Do by Colin Nissan

KEEP IT TOGETHER

A writer’s brain is full of little gifts, like a piñata at a birthday party. It’s also full of demons, like a piñata at a birthday party in a mental hospital. The truth is, it’s demons that keep a tortured writer’s spirit alive, not Tootsie Rolls. Sure they’ll give you a tiny burst of energy, but they won’t do squat for your writing. So treat your demons with the respect they deserve, and with enough prescriptions to keep you wearing pants.

Read the rest at McSweeny’s Internet Tendency.

MFA vs. POC : The New Yorker

I didn’t have a great workshop experience. Not at all. In fact by the start of my second year I was like: get me the fuck out of here.
So what was the problem?
Oh just the standard problem of MFA programs.
That shit was too white.



Junot Diaz has something to say and we all should listen.

MFA vs. POC : The New Yorker

I didn’t have a great workshop experience. Not at all. In fact by the start of my second year I was like: get me the fuck out of here.

So what was the problem?

Oh just the standard problem of MFA programs.

That shit was too white.

Junot Diaz has something to say and we all should listen.

Celebrities With Books Friday

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Hey Girl,

It’s finally Spring

Why don’t you get on this couch

and enjoy it with me?

Writer’s Speak: You Benefit

February 2014:

Show up at a Writers Speak Wednesday sponsored by the MFA program in Creative Writing and Literature and you never know what could go down.

When Rita Nezami arrived at a WSW featuring Debra Treisman, an editor from The New Yorker magazine, she left with the heady possibility that her translation of French author Ben Jelloun might be featured in the next TNY, the Holy Grail of writers everywhere.  

The Stony Brook University lecturer and author never considered sending her translations to the The New Yorker. Treisman called upon Nezami during the post-reading Q&A, who introduced herself as a translator of French author Ben Jalloun and inquired about the New Yorker’s interest in translated works.  

Treisman, a fellow Jelloun translator, encouraged Nezami to send her one of her translations. Par le feu/By Fire, http://www.newyorker.com/fiction/features/2013/09/16/130916fi_fiction_benjelloun  
a novella on the life and self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi that sparked the Arab Spring, was published in following TNY magazine issue.

Nezami was already a published writer in several U.S. and European journals including The Dirty Goat and Sojourn. However, her experience at WSW should encourage more writers to attend readings, not only to enrich their understanding of a writer’s work and process, but also to practice an important skill every writer who wishes to publish must develop: networking with fellow writers, agents, editors and publishers.

Nezami admits she was at the right place at the right time, but encourages writers to continue to believe, as she does that “good writing will eventually receive recognition.”

The Writers Speak series sponsored by the MFA in Creative Writing and Literature offers free author talks, readings, and engaging interviews with a distinguished guest list of writers, editors and key players in the world of publishing. Offered in Southampton on Wednesdays and Manhattan on Mondays, all Writers Speak events are open to the public as well as students enrolled in the MFA programs in Creative Writing and Literature and in Theatre and Film.

Don’t miss the first WSW this spring on February 25 with Alexandra Styron, author of the highly acclaimed memoir, Reading my Father.

The Student Organization of Southampton Arts seeks to facilitate interaction between MFA Theatre and Creative Writing Students for the purpose of building a collaborative artistic community and campus.  

Are you there God? It’s me, and MFA student…

What a night! The first event hosted by the Student Organization for Southampton Arts (SOSA) was a success.

It was a terrific way for faculty and students to get to know one another through the reading of old stories, poems, and journal entries.

Last night’s event will be the first of many that aim to unite the entire MFA community—creative writers, filmmakers, and faculty—and the Southampton campus.

Thanks to all our readers, all our listeners, and everyone who contributed.

(Meta) Celebrities With Books Friday

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A book character reading a book about a character reading a book about a…

The launch of the Spring issue of TSR: The Southampton Review held at the Manhattan campus on April 7th.

An event organized entirely by the MFA Writing and Theatre students!

An event organized entirely by the MFA Writing and Theatre students!

Celebrities With Books Friday

matildaMatilda and Moby Dick.