Writing and Literature News

Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Any Time Soon
Little Red Leaves, 2010
Paperback, 36 pages, $8

"In the case of Vietnam, what is a reference" wrote Michael Palmer more than 20 years ago in the context of a different war and different time. In Any Time Soon, Gloria Frym (faculty in Writing and Writing and Literature) writes from the reality that "there is no post war" or external context from which to view our current saturation. Language occurs in the thick of it, taking a "swipe at friendly fire," watching "the poles and their birdhouses." Yet, as in this line, where political obsession twists towards avian respite, Frym's lines torque from exasperation, and critique, to tenderness. Or, to put it another way, she writes "I would like to find money / you didn't know I had / Under my pillow in an unmarked envelope / on a rose marked High Octane Stocks / Can you handle this?"

Posted on Monday, January 23, 2012 by Jim Norrena

ENGAGE: Queer Comics Project students curated a show of original comic artwork at San Francisco's Cartoon Art Museum

CCA is no stranger to branching out in various genres when it comes to the arts. The college's undergraduate Writing and Literature curriculum is no exception. In spring, the ENGAGE: Queer Comics Project course provided graphic novel enthusiasts the unique opportunity to not only study writing and graphic design but also to do so within a queer perspective!

Posted on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 by Allison Byers

If you're in the habit of kissing the clock at 11:11, you should know that Eleven Eleven, the literary journal produced by the graduate program of the California College of the Arts, is releasing its eleventh issue this Friday, 11/11/11. To celebrate, Faculty Editor Hugh Behm-Steinberg, who has had the helm since late 2007, has invited one contributor from each issue to read at the release, and one staff member from each respective issue to introduce them.

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Posted on Monday, November 7, 2011 by Allison Byers

San Francisco, Calif., November 7, 2011—California College of the Arts is pleased to announce a reading by the acclaimed poet Anne Waldman on Friday, December 2, 2011. It will take place at 3:30 p.m. in CCA’s Writers’ Studio, located at 195 De Haro Street (at 15th Street), San Francisco. The event is free and open to the public. It is presented by CCA’s MFA Program in Writing as part of the program’s ongoing Writers Series.

Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 by Chris Bliss

Renowned writer Ishmael Reed joins the MFA Program in Writing faculty

For additional information about CCA's 2011-12 faculty hiring, read the latest Academic Newsletter by Provost Mark Breitenberg.

New Full-Time Faculty

Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Best Women's Travel Writing 2011
Travelers' Tales, 2011
Paperback, 352 pages, $18.95

Marianne Rogoff (Writing and Literature faculty) contributes the short story "Common Tongues" to the latest edition of The Best Women's Travel Writing. The story takes place in the context of a week-long writers' retreat in Todos Santos, Mexico. After an evening's bickering and mean margarita workshop, the characters devolve into foreign-language laughter dialogues with the Latvians who have moved into the rooms next door at Hotel California. Other stories in the book tell of wild horses in the American Southwest, riding the backroads of old China on a motorcycle, walking the walk of Muslim women in Egypt, fighting it out in a kung fu monastery in China, discovering the hidden magic of Flamenco in Spain, and more.

Posted on Monday, June 13, 2011 by Marion Anthonisen

Kristin Olson, "The Bellowing"

Hi all! Here on the CCA admissions blog, summertime is our special opportunity to introduce you to a few recent CCA graduates and to share stories of awesome summer internships.

Let's start with the graduates: Kevin Krueger and Kristin Olson, who each graduated in 2011 from the Individualized Major Program, moved to San Francisco to attend CCA after meeting (and getting married!) in Santa Cruz.

Posted on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Saint Erasure
Talisman House, 2010
Paperback, 71 pages, $13.95

Laura Mullen says, "Anyone who still wants to view experimentation as a purely intellectual exercise will be convinced otherwise by Donna de la Perrière's exquisite second collection. Under the threat or promise of erasure and at the edge of silence, the poet deftly leads us through a shifting, minimalist landscape. Wrestling with change and stasis, with the resistance and sudden give of the real, she delicately monitors each stage of what feels like a pilgrimage, while defamiliarization pressures vision and makes each breath at once artful and endlessly brave. Saint Erasure saves us by exposing the beauty of our vulnerability: 'Welcome to the new body / tonight we lose everything.'" Donna de la Perrière is a faculty member in the MFA Program in Writing and the undergraduate Writing and Literature Program.

Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 by Jim Norrena

High praise for Joseph Lease's "Testify"

Visit today's SFGate.com and you'll read a familiar name in Evan Karp's Special to The Chronicle: Joseph Lease, much admired chair of CCA's MFA Program in Writing. The praiseworthy call-out highlights Lease's latest book release, Testify, for which he was recently invited to do a book reading at City Lights, the nation's first all-paperback bookstore and one of the truly great remaining independent bookstores.

Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 by Samantha Braman

(This is the fourth of four installments describing highlights of the spring 2010 ENGAGE at CCA courses. You can also download the whole story as it appeared in Glance, CCA's college magazine.)

Community Partner Organization: 826 Valencia, San Francisco

CCA Faculty Leader: Aimee Phan, Writing and Literature

Outside Expert: Judith Tannenbaum, teaching artist and writer

Goal: Mentor John O'Connell High School students through the process of producing an anthology of personal essays

Dave Eggers is one of San Francisco's precious few hometown celebrities, famous for his books and his literary journal McSweeney's. And then there's his awesome pirate store at 826 Valencia, where just behind the peg legs, eye patches, and bottles of Scurvy-Be-Gone is a space devoted to helping students ages 6 to 18 develop their writing skills.

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