• Jamaal May  

    Visiting Writers 

    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. 

    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.  

    Upcoming Visiting Writer:

     Hamline hosts Visiting Writer Jamaal May, December 2 & 3, 2014 

    Jamaal May 150pxJamaal May was born and raised in Detroit. His first book, Hum (2013), won a Beatrice Hawley Award and an American Library Association Notable Book Award and was an NAACP Image Award nominee. Hum explores machines, technology, obsolescence, and community; in an interview, May stated of his first book, “Ultimately, I’m trying to say something about dichotomy, the uneasy spaces between disparate emotions, and by extension, the uneasy spaces between human connection.” May’s poems have appeared widely in journals such as Poetry, New England Review, The Believer, and Best American Poetry 2014.   

    May’s honors and awards include a Spirit of Detroit Award, an Indiana Review Poetry Prize, and fellowships from Cave Canem, The Frost Place, Bread Loaf, and the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University. He is the 2014–2016 Kenyon Review Fellow at Kenyon College and a recipient of the Civitella Ranieri Fellowship in Italy.

    May has taught poetry in Detroit public schools and worked as a freelance sound engineer. He has taught in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program and co-directs, with Tarfia Faizullah, the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook and Video Series. 

    Jamaal May Public Events: 

    Public Reading
    Tuesday, December 2, at 7:00 p.m.

    Public Interview (with Katrina Vandenberg and Doc Burkard)
    Wednesday, December 3, at 7:00 p.m.

    Both events held in Giddens Learning Center, room 100E, and are free and open to the public.



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