• Professor in Lecture

    BFA: Visiting Writers

    BFA students attend readings and public interviews with some of America’s most important writers, who also visit writing classes. Writers have included Richard Bausch, Terry Tempest Williams, Junot Díaz, Mary Ruefle, Ann Pancake, Martín Espada, Carol Muske-Dukes, Susanne Antonetta, Eavan Boland, and Brenda Hillman. Visiting writers are co-sponsored by the MFA in Creative Writing program.

    Collectively they have won the Pulitzer Prize; The National Book Critics Circle Award; the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story; the Brittingham Prize in Poetry; a Whiting Award; a Bakeless Award; the Wallace Stegner Award; the L.A. Times Book Award, an American Book Award; a Lannan Foundation Award; multiple Pushcart Prizes; and fellowships from the NEA and Guggenheim Foundations.

    Students also have the opportunity to attend readings and interact with accomplished authors through the annual ACTC (Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities) Visiting Writers Series.  

    Those who are interested in writing for children and young adults can attend readings and select lectures during Hamline’s July and January residencies in the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program. In addition to the accomplished faculty, visiting writers have included Patricia MacLachlan, Marilyn Nelson, Christopher Paul Curtis, Pete Hautman, Kate DiCamillo, Jane Yolen, T. A. Barron, Lois Lowry, and many others.

  •  Paisley Rekdal

    SPRING 2014

    Hamline hosts ACTC Visiting Writer, Paisley Rekdal

    Poet Paisley Rekdal will give a public reading at Hamline on Monday, April 28th at 7:00 p.m. The event will be held in Giddens Learning Center room 100E, and is free and open to the public.

    Rekdal grew up in Seattle, Washington, the daughter of a Chinese American mother and a Norwegian father. She earned a BA from the University of Washington, an MA from the University of Toronto Centre for Medieval Studies, and an MFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is the author of the poetry collections A Crash of Rhinos, Six Girls Without Pants, and The Invention of the Kaleidoscope, as well as the book of essays The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee: Observations on Not Fitting In.

    In reviewing The Invention of the Kaleidoscope for Barn Owl Review, Jay Robinson observed that it’s “the razor’s edge that always accompanies eros that makes the poems of Paisley Rekdal fresh, intense and ultimately irresistible.” Rekdal’s work grapples with issues of race, sexuality, myth, and identity while often referencing contemporary culture.

    Rekdal has been honored with a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, a Village Voice Writers on the Verge Award, and a Fulbright Fellowship to South Korea. Her work has been included in numerous anthologies, including Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (2006) and the 2010 Pushcart Prize Anthology. Rekdal teaches at the University of Utah. In April 2013, Rekdal was a featured writer on Harriet.

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