Writing and Literature News

Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

4-Headed Woman
Tia Chucha, 2013
Paperback, 80 pages, $14.95

4-Headed Woman by Writing faculty member Opal Palmer Adisa is a journey into and through womanhood, from preadolescence through menopause, and an exploration of women’s relations with one another. The poems employ female domestic imagery to name different types of breads found throughout the world, from coconut to pita. The poems in the second section focus specifically on menses, weaving together biological, folk, and cultural aspects in a humorous tone. The third section, "Graffiti Poem," comprises poems centered around college restrooms, which Adisa sees as a site of communication for students on a wide variety of social-sexual issues.

Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 by David Morini

Writing and Literature and MFA Program in Writing faculty member Caroline Goodwin was recently named San Mateo County’s first poet laureate.

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Once approved, her position will take a two-year term, from January 2014 to December 2015. A committee of San Mateo County supervisors chose Goodwin out of a pool of 15 nominations.

Posted on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by Jim Norrena

Tom Barbash at Mrs. Dalloway's Books in Berkeley for a reading from "Stay Up With Me"

MFA Program in Writing faculty member and critically acclaimed author, educator, and critic Tom Barbash has many notable literary successes under his belt.

His recent effort, however, a recently published collection of short stories, titled Stay Up With Me (Ecco/HarperCollins), puts him among some of the most celebrated writers of the day.

Barbash, who wrote the novel The Last Good Chance and the bestselling nonfiction work On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick & 9/11: A Story of Loss & Renewal, has also had his fiction appear in Tin House magazine, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Indiana Review, among other publications.

He is no stranger to seeing his words in print.

Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 by Allison Byers

Barbash has published two books previously: the award-winning novel The Last Good Chance, based on the years he spent reporting in upstate New York, and the New York Times bestseller On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, and 9/11, a nonfiction account of the revival of the financial services firm after it lost nearly seven hundred employees in the Twin Towers. He teaches in the MFA program at California College of the Arts and lives in Marin County, Calif.

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Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 by Jim Norrena

MFA Program in Writing and Writing and Literature Program chair Aimee Phan, author of The Reeducation of Cherry Truong and We Should Never Meet, was featured today in "Motherload: Adventures in Parenting," a New York Times blog that "covers it all -- homework, sex, child care, eating habits, sports, technology, the work-family balance, and much more."

Her piece, "The Price of Urban Family Living," is a response -- one might say reaction -- to the recently released figures by the Economic Policy Institute that prescribe what income is necessary to live modestly.

Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by Laura Braun

Denise Newman (San Francisco, California) is recommended for a grant of $12,500 to support the translation from Danish of a collection of short stories, Baboon, by Danish author Naja Marie Aidt.

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Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Trapline
JackLeg Press, 2013
Paperback, 80 pages, $13

Donna de la Perrière says: of Trapline by Writing faculty member Caroline Goodwin: Nature's flux and torque are embodied in a language that is taut, luscious, and musical.

These are poems of rot and salt, dragonflies and kinked reeds, where the world is always with us -- raw and omnipresent, beautiful and terrible. Here poems navigate physical and metaphysical landscapes, embodying experience and a world both awful and awe-full: 'when the mind / has grown plumes delicate / as tubeworms in the driftwood / in the sponge and scarlet / blood star tough as tongues / as the sea whip clicking.'

Posted on Monday, July 8, 2013 by Rachel Walther

An "elective" at art school is in many ways the opposite of what the term means for a traditional university student. Rather than taking a painting class for fun in between economics and political science, art students have to decide what math class to fit in between their painting courses.

All undergraduates at CCA (except Architecture majors) are required to take 51 units of Humanities and Sciences coursework, which by the time they graduate ends up representing about a third of their total units.

All of these courses are highly rigorous. Some are essential and required (for instance writing and art history) but many are creatively designed electives open to students in all majors. In "Bad Science at the Movies," for instance, professor Christine Metzger uses preposterous representations of geology and climate change in popular films to launch an in-depth survey of environmental science.

Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by Allison Byers

Having just last month started a new monthly backdoor reading series, recent California College of the Arts MFAers Crys Lehman and Leonard Crosby host a quadforce of talent for June's One Lone Pear Tree: Miquila Alejandre, Phil Lumsden, Juliana Paslay, and Melissa Kuhn.

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Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 by Jim Norrena

A new guest lecture series presented by MFA in Comics!

In celebration of the arrival of the inaugural MFA in Comics class, California College of the Arts will host "Comics in the City," a summer guest speaker series featuring four of the most talented creators in comics today.

Each Friday in July, the speaker series will highlight various aspects of the comics medium -- from independent publishing to the craft of writing the most iconic superheroes.

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