•  Visiting Writers

    Visiting W

    MFA students have several opportunities to hear from and work with nationally known authors invited to work with our students, at the Summer Writing Workshop or on campus.

    Summer Writing Workshop

    Each year the MFA program offers a one-week Summer Writing Workshop at the end of July on the campus of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. 

    The workshop features three classes—in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction respectively. Classes meet from 1:00-4:00 Monday through Friday; students also meet in individual conferences with their instructor.  

    The July 2014 Summer Writing Workshop visiting faculty are:

    CNF -- Rebecca McClanahan
    Poetry -- Oliver de la Paz
    Fiction -- Brad Watson

    Water~Stone/MFA Visiting Writer

    Once per year, sometimes twice, we host visiting writers on campus. During this time the author gives a public reading, meets with students at the advanced level of their programs in a Master Class, and participates in a public interview conducted by a member of the faculty and an MFA student selected by the faculty member. 

    The interview is videotaped, transcribed, edited, and published in the next issue of Water~Stone Review.  

    See previous visiting writers listed in the column to the right.

  •  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.

    More information about the event



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