Writing News

Posted on Thursday, October 21, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Brian Teare: Pleasure
Ahsahta Press, 2010
Paperback, 88 pages, $17.50

A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, Brian Teare. lives in San Francisco and makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books. His publications include The Room Where I Was Born, Sight Map, and Transcendental Grammar Crown. Like Tennyson's In Memorium, Teare's book sees within a personal loss evidence of an epochal shift that is simultaneously historical, political, and cosmological. Asserting the lover's body as a lost Eden, revisiting again and again the narrative of "the fall"—its iconic imagery as well as Gnostic reinterpretations—the book also records the eventual end of mourning and a return to the ecology not of myth but of the literal weather and landscape of California.

Posted on Monday, October 11, 2010 by Jim Norrena

MFA Program in Writing faculty member Gloria Frym's new chapbook, Any Time Soon (Little Red Leaves, 2010) was just released this week as part of issue 5 of Little Red Leaves (LRL), which is a collectively edited annual online journal of poetry as well as an ebook/paperback series of original chapbooks and reprints.

Posted on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 by Jim Norrena

Congratulations to CCA alumna Robin Powlesland (MFA Writing 2005), who was recently named a finalist in the 2010 Omnidawn Chapbook Poetry contest, a prestigious small-press award, for her work verbs without a past. Powlesland currently resides in Taos, New Mexico, and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of New Mexico–Taos.

The five Omnidawn finalists (listed below in alphabetical order) were selected by Elizabeth Robinson:

  • The City Salutes Itself by Jackie Clark (Jersey City, NJ)

Posted on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 by Jim Norrena

[photo: Jim Norrena]

MFA Program in Writing second-year student Alka Joshi is heading off to Florida in October for a three-week artists residency (Comic Book Workshop / Graphic Novels Residency) at the Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA) with Russian master artist and seasoned graphic novelist Svetlana Chmakova (Dramacon, 2007, and Nightschool, 2006), who also drew and wrote a monthly serialized manga strip (aka comic strip) for CosmoGirl and has recently finished

Posted on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

City in the River, City in the Forest
Hag's Head Press, 2010
Paperback, 128 pages, 12.99 Euros

In this new book by Melanie Westerberg (Writing 2004), Mary is a tour guide at a remote lodge in the Amazon. There she meets Hector, who sneaks into her hammock late at night and leaves tiny gifts at her door. But then she begins to see fires on uninhabited land, hear gunshots, encounter suspicious strangers in the dead of night. She doesn’t know if it’s the start of another undeclared civil war or retribution against the lodge owner, whose husband had fought with the rebels before disappearing for a decade.

Says Peter Orner, author of The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo, "Melanie Westerberg has written a wondrous first book. The writing is unique and brave, and the story is as engaging as it is harrowing. It’s the sort of rare, completely original book I am always looking for and never finding."

Posted on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

The New Make Believe
Post-Apollo Press, 2010
Paperback, 72 pages, $12

Norman Fischer says of this new book by Denise Newman (Writing faculty):

A strange intelligence guides the works in The New Make Believe toward insistent, yet nearly ineffable, redefinitions of commonplace words, as if everything were, in being named, strange. Accident, law, memorial, wolf, pants sex and other such terms participate in intense proto-symbolic musicalities to reveal (or cover) what seem to be crucial yet cheerily personal insights into what it is to be alive as or in a person surrounded by a baffling world of dark beauty and mysterious others. Denise Newman s work is here more haunting than ever, and as needful of contemplation."

Posted on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 by Jim Norrena

I'm delighted to announce the release of issue 8 of Eleven Eleven, the winter online issue of 2009–10. You can also check out the journal's dedicated website to learn more about this issue's featured poets, writers, playwrights, translations, and other artists.

Posted on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Volume 1 cover

Ben Costa (MFA Writing 2008) recently received a Xeric Grant. The Xeric Grant provides financial support for up-and-coming self-publishing comic book creators.

The Xeric Foundation is a private, nonprofit corporation established by Peter A. Laird, cocreator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Planet Racers.

Costa’s awarded project, Shi Long Pang, is a historical fiction/fantasy about a wandering Shaolin monk in 17th-century China. You can read portions of the comic online at his blog.

Posted on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 by Jim Norrena

CCA's biannual journal of literature and art, Eleven-Eleven, previously featured writer Alison Doernberg's work that has subsequently been selected to appear in Dzanc Books' Best of the Web 2010 series, a national anthology.

Posted on Monday, February 22, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Seven Sacraments
Deconstructed Artichoke Press, 2009
Chapbook, n.p., $7

This chapbook of prose poems by Nikki Thompson (MFA Writing 2002) recounts the author's experiences as a working-class Jewish student at an affluent Catholic school. Thompson says, "Both my working process and my artist's books consist of layers and layers that must be picked at, like the leaves of an artichoke with a heart at the center." Deconstructed Artichoke's production occurs either in a living room with a terrific view of downtown or on a red Formica kitchen table in a San Francisco apartment. The letterpress printing happens in a Berkeley carriage house with a rich printing history and many small critters.

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