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with some sadness that I write my first letter to you as President of West Egg
Literati. Jenny McDougal, our former president, has graduated from Hamline
University and as such can no longer be a part of the West Egg Literati in an
official capacity. Jenny passed West Egg lovingly to me, and I’d like to take
this opportunity to describe what West Egg is and where it is going.
Egg is firstly a literary reference to The
Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, to those upstart romantics on the West
Egg: the Nick Carraways, the Jay Gatsbys, and the nouveau riche—those who
pursue impossible dreams to stunning (though hopefully less tragic) conclusions.
In that tradition, we try to get out of our spacious mansions and into the arts
community of the Twin Cities. We hold classy parties. We frequent social clubs.
We take in the local cinema. We’re all about town being fancy.
exist to be your gateway to the Twin Cities arts community, and to be a
connection between each of you. As long as there are students in Hamline’s CWP
House, there will be a West Egg to connect us. Over the summer, expect some of
the following events:
the Fanciest Get-Togethers at W.A. Frost—In the tradition of the Friendlies of
yesteryear (and because we’re insanely jealous of our friends at Water~Stone Review), we get together
every Third Thursday of the month to be out and about. Over the summertime, the
glorious patio at W.A. Frost is open, and that’s where you will find couches
full of West-Eggers underneath the blooming lights and among the crackling
to never go Reading Alone Again—At West Egg, we don’t believe any student
should go reading alone. If your work is up to read somewhere in the Twin
Cities, tell us, and we’ll put the word out. If possible, we’ll even read with
you in solidarity, and we’ll always be there with a round of applause for you.
Listen for a holler when your name is called. That’s us
the Classiest Parties—When the occasion calls for a fancy party, West Eggers
are eager to host. West Egg parties are many things to many people, but one
thing that they are to all people is: classy. You have enough excuses to stay
in your mansion: a good episode of that TV show you like, cranky kids , and
work tomorrow. We’re your excuse
to go out. Take it. Expect Someone to Read Your Work—We
hope to offer a kind ear and an incisive eye to your work. Got some poetry
you’d like to have looked at? We know someone who’d like to help you. We’ll be
setting up critique groups throughout the summer exclusively for Hamline CWP
graduate students on the basis of “you scratch my back I’ll scratch
yours.” Because sometimes you have
a particularly itchy back, and we aim to be your calamine lotion.
I’ll have more to tell you when the semester starts about rock, paper, scissors (our premier
graduate publication), upcoming workshop series, and a million other reasons
for you to leave your mansion and venture out into the world.Cheers,Benjamin J. Kowalsky IPresident and CEO, West Egg Literati
On behalf of our President, Jenny McDougal
West Egg Literati is the graduate
student group of the Creative Writing Programs and Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program. Everyone in the
MALS and MFA programs is automatically a member, but how involved you are
is up to you. West Egg is for the students; we want to do what you want to
do. As new students enter the program and old students graduate, West Egg
Here’s what we’ve been cooking:
In the fall, we published the sixth
edition of rock, paper,
scissors, a literary annual completely edited and designed by
students in various stages of the MFA program. The issue was designed by
Stephen Mcpherson, a current MFA student here at CWP. It features a simple
brown cover with bold graphics and possibly the first ever cover bound with
actual metal bolts. You’ll have to see it to believe
it. Check out copies at the CWP house.
Oh the times, oh the customs.
We’ve had parties and get-togethers this year. We’ve even started a weekly Happy Hour at Sweeney’s Saloon over the Fall in 2011. There’s also a fantastic House Blend Salon series held at the CWP house on the 3rd
Thursday of every month where we try to foster the community between
BFA, MALS, and other students in our writing community. There have been
cozy fireside chats, basement brouhahas at the Turf Club, and
haunted holiday parties at the“CWP Poetry House."
Next season’s rock, paper, scissors is going to be curated by Jordan Wiklund.
So send him an email to congratulate him and get involved with the production
of our pride and joy. As surprising as it is, our parties are not our shining jewels;
they may not even constitute out highest moments as artists or as people.
Editor and designer positions are available, so put yourself out there and
become a part of history.
West Egg is still going strong
and we’re still here to maintain the CWP as a true
community for artists at all stages of their craft. Get involved, come out, and
make yourself unforgettable—in a good way.
So in that spirit, Please join your fellow students for the annual spring meeting of our student-group. All
students are encouraged to come. We’ll catch up on old times, meet new
students, and discuss plans for the coming semester--all while enjoying
free coffee and pastries. This is our chance to decide what we want to accomplish with this semester and school year. We will surely discuss rock,paper,scissors but past that, West Egg’s agenda is up to you!
years, we’ve put on readings, activity days with faculty, costume
parties, and panel discussion but we’re open to any new ideas that will
help build a sense of community in Hamline’s GLS program.
Annual Spring Meeting:When: Sunday, March 18th; 2:00-4:00 Where: Bush Memorial Library, Room 205
Email us at email@example.com with your ideas.
An update from new West Egg Literati President, Jenny McDougal
West Egg Literati is the student group of the Graduate School of Liberal Studies. Everyone in the MALS and MFA programs is automatically a member, but how involved you are is up to you. West Egg is for the students; we want to do what you want to do. As new students enter the program and old students graduate, West Egg changes. Here’s an update on what we were up to during the 2010/11 academic year:
In the fall, we published the fifth edition of rock, paper, scissors, a literary annual completely edited and designed by students in various stages of the MFA program. This issue might have been the most attractive yet—simple vellum bands holding together loose-leaf copies of the beautiful poems, short stories, and essays submitted by students—and if you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, check out a copy at the GLS house.
Besides publications, we’ve mostly just been partying. We helped throw the Gatsby Party for incoming students, celebrated the launch of rock, paper, scissors at the Turf Club in Saint Paul, and gave readings around a campfire and during the worst blizzard of the year. We even went to the greatest literary party of them all, the AWP Conference, this year in Washington, D.C. (where we received lots of compliments on our lit mag). West Egg’s only permanent goal is to foster community between and among students, so we feel like all the fun wasn’t frivolous, but really on point.
That said, we’d love to see more people use West Egg as a chance to build contacts, gain experience, and have fun. In the coming months we are planning future events and getting ready to produce the next issue of rock, paper, scissors. If you haven't already emailed our new editor in chief, Stephanie Olson, to let her know you're interested in joining a section jury or the design team, she would love to hear from you. This year's editorial team is a great one, and the sixth edition of our one-of-a-kind literary journal will be dynamite.
Next year, we hope to have even more opportunities to build community with new students and those in all stages of the program. The great thing about West Egg is that it reinvents itself every year depending on what the group would like to do, so if you have an event or a knock-out idea, let us know. If you would like to take on a leadership role in West Egg, we have plenty of responsibilities available for differing levels of involvement.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas. We hope that your year has been formative, and we look forward to working with you.
Creative Writing Program (CWP) faculty member Anne Ursu and Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) alumna Susan Koefod (MFA '04) have both been awarded 2013 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers. Honorable mention also went to CWP alum Brian Farrey-Latz (MFA '08).
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