Creative Writing @ Georgia College

Check here for the latest news about Creative Writing @ Georgia College and our alumni.

Please visit mfa.gcsu.edu for information about how to apply to our program, our Visiting Writers series, and other information.

Congrats to faculty member Laura Newbern on her new book, Love and the Eye.
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First publication!

Hi there!

Just wanted to share some good news. My poem “The River” will be in the next issue of Reunion: The Dallas Review. Also, a short memoir I wrote was selected as honorable mention at a local contest here in Lexington, and I’ll be reading it tomorrow night at an event downtown.

News from Will Torrey

My short story “Trabajar” won Zone 3’s 2011 Fiction Award. 

David Rocklin reading Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Visiting writer David Rocklin will be reading Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Georgia College Arts & Sciences Auditorium. Rocklin’s debut novel, The Luminist,according to best-selling novelist Jacquelyn Mitchard, is a “bold landscape, against which an intimate drama is poignantly played out.” Set in Victorian-era Ceylon, The Luminist follows Catherine Colebrook, a woman enthralled with the art of photography after the death of her husband’s twin brother. When Eligius Shourie, A Ceylonese boy whose father was murdered seeking Ceylonese rights, comes to work for the Colebrook family as a servant, he also becomes Catherine’s assistant and the two develop a deep bond as he facilitates her obsession. Political and psychological conflicts blend throughout the novel, creating a “weave of legend and history, science and art, politics and domesticity that are symphonic themes in the main title, the story of an enduring and forbidden friendship” (Kirkus Reviews). The Luminist has been published in the United States, Italy, and Israel. Rocklin is currently at work on a new novel.

New this Fall: Arts & Letters Prime

Hello GC alumni, current students, and friends of Creative Writing @ Georgia College. I’m excited to announce a new project starting this fall: Arts & Letters Prime, an ePub journal designed for the iPad (but if you don’t have that tablet, you’ll have other options to access A&L Prime content). In addition to literary text, look for audio, video, and graphic content separate from Arts & Letters Journal of Contemporary Culture. For more info, visit http://al.gcsu.edu now, and again in the fall.

Stay in touch everyone! Hope you are writing this summer!

Martin (Papa Marty) Lammon, MFA Coordinator and host of the famous MFA “Marty Parties”

New from Meredith Dodson

Hello everyone,

Just wanted to let you know that my short story, “The Memory of Skin,” is in the newest Quiddity. Here’s a link where you can listen to me read it. And no, I wasn’t thinking clearly when I submitted the picture.

http://www1.ben.edu/springfield/quiddity/issue04-1/index.html#mdodson

I’ve started getting serious about my mermaid novel, so that’s mostly what I’ve been working on lately. Let me know if you want to trade readings of chapters or shorts!

Ask Alice #1: Alice Talks about Poetry

Alice Friman is the Poet-in-Residence at Georgia College & State University, Associate Editor of Arts & Letters, and professor emerita of English and Creative Writing at the University of Indianapolis. She is the author of five books of poetry, including most recently Viniculum, which was released by LSU press in spring of 2011. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, Gettysburg Review, Prairie Schooner, Five Points, and many other national magazines.

Ask Alice is a bimonthly web show on the Arts & Letters website in which Alice Friman will discuss and answer questions about poetry, creative writing, and the writing life in general.

In Ask Alice #1: Alice Talks About Poetry, Alice Friman discusses what poetry means to her and answers the question: Who is Alice Friman the poet? Alice also reads Rilke and talks about Rilke’s work with Rodin.

Startling Figures: A Celebration of the Legacy of Flannery O’Connor
We’ve been busy this spring, especially with all of our new applicants for the MFA program. We’re still finalizing our incoming fall 2011 class. But we’re happy to report that this week, Georgia College is sponsoring a conference: Startling Figures: A Celebration of the Legacy of Flannery O’Connor. From April 13 to April 16, academics from all over the world are descending upon Milledgeville to present papers on Flannery O’Connor. In addition, we are pleased to welcome four well-known writers who are reading from their works: E.L. Doctorow, Kathryn Stripling Byer, Marianne Boruch, and Tom Franklin. For reading times, please check the conference schedule. And if you can join us, please do.
Above: E.L. Doctorow and Marianne Boruch

Startling Figures: A Celebration of the Legacy of Flannery O’Connor

We’ve been busy this spring, especially with all of our new applicants for the MFA program. We’re still finalizing our incoming fall 2011 class. But we’re happy to report that this week, Georgia College is sponsoring a conference: Startling Figures: A Celebration of the Legacy of Flannery O’Connor. From April 13 to April 16, academics from all over the world are descending upon Milledgeville to present papers on Flannery O’Connor. In addition, we are pleased to welcome four well-known writers who are reading from their works: E.L. Doctorow, Kathryn Stripling Byer, Marianne Boruch, and Tom Franklin. For reading times, please check the conference schedule. And if you can join us, please do.

Above: E.L. Doctorow and Marianne Boruch

Tidal Basin Review Off-Site AWP event

Greetings fellow alums! Just to let you all know I have two poems out in the newest Tidal Basin Review and will be reading with other contributors at an off-site AWP event for the magazine at 8:00 pm on Thursday at the African-American Civil War Memorial and Museum’s new location, 1925 Vermont Avenue N.W., Washington, DC 20001 (off the Metro Green line). Hope to see some of you there!

-Elizabeth Fogle

We would like to take the opportunity to invite all of our GCSU alumni and friends of the program to our GCSU AWP Reception on Friday, February 4, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in lobby level room Delaware B, at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. As you know, our receptions are an annual tradition, and this year we plan on having a lot of fun. Please come join us for hors d’oeuvres and drinks in our private party. Afterwards, we’ll head off to the GCSU-sponsored reading by Junot Diaz (who, unfortunately, will not be attending our reception). Junot Diaz is author of Pulitzer-prize-winning novel The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and the collection of short stories Drown; he will be reading at 8:30 p.m. in the Marriott Wardman Park Ballroom on the lobby level, with an introduction by Karen McElmurray.

Also, don’t miss our current ads in Poets & Writers and the AWP Writer’s Chronicle, announcing our booth (105) at AWP. If you can’t make it to our reception, please drop by our booth and say hello. We’d love to see all of you in D.C.

News from Traci Burns

Hi everybody. I just wanted to be excited in public about the fact that a short story (weird, right?) of mine is going to be published in the upcoming issue of Fiction Fix. You should be able to read it online.

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