Writing News

Posted on Sunday, October 25, 2009 by Jim Norrena

Peruvian writer Daniel Alarcón

Celebrated Peruvian writer Daniel Alarcón, fall 2009 writer in residence in the MFA Program in Writing, was named a prizewinner of the first International Literature Award—Haus der Kulturen der Welt 2009—for his debut novel, Lost City Radio (HarperCollins 2007; Wagenbach 2008). The award brings awareness of outstanding and exemplary new works of literature from around the globe.

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Posted on Thursday, October 1, 2009 by Clay Walsh

Oaxifornia 2009 student Zak Timan learns how to prepare carrizo from artisan Maria Magdalena Angeles VasquezView slideshow 

The fifth annual CCA summer study-abroad course in Oaxaca, Mexico—known as "Oaxifornia"—was again a success, bringing CCA students together with local artists in a truly interdisciplinary setting. In a countryside town about 12 miles outside Oaxaca City, 13 CCA students lived and worked for three weeks this past July in the Ex-Hacienda de Guadalupe.

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Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2009 by Lindsey Westbrook

Artist: Dustin BoudreauView slideshow 

For the first time ever in spring 2009, undergraduates in Printmaking collaborated with students in the MFA Program in Writing for a formal project, under the auspices of faculty member Thomas Wojak. The result, 2x2, will be the focus of a celebratory evening on Friday, October 2, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

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Posted on Monday, August 17, 2009 by Jim Norrena

Students and alumni share their perspectives on the MFA Program in Writing.

Jack Bergquist

The night before my first class last year was also the first night in my new apartment. I slept on a thin futon mattress on a thinly insulated floor above a bass-thumping bar. The next morning I almost threw up from nerves and lack of sleep.

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Posted on Monday, July 27, 2009 by Jim Norrena

CCA’s MFA Program in Writing adjunct professor Holly Payne has been in the spotlight before, having authored The Virgin’s Knot and The Sound of Blue, but this summer seems to be shining the brightest. The spirited novelist, screenwriter, and writing coach released her third novel, Kingdom of Simplicity, in July—and it's already on the Bay Area best-seller list in the quality paperbacks category!

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Posted on Thursday, July 16, 2009 by Brenda Tucker

California College of the Arts (CCA) presents An Evening with David Sedaris on Thursday, October 29, 2009, at 8 p.m. at the Marin Center Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium in San Rafael, California. The evening will include a reading from new and unpublished materials, a book signing sponsored by Book Passage, and, for leadership donors to the event, a special cocktail reception with the author. All proceeds benefit scholarships at CCA.

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Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 by Jim Norrena

(l to r): Julia Anne Goodman, 2nd place; Alicia Escott, 4th place; Scott Oliver; 3rd place; Harriete Estel Berman, 1st place

Can something described as “blue junk,” “disintegrated upholstery,” or “IKEA plastic” become a winning entry in an art competition—one that is affiliated with many of today’s high-profile international artists?

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Posted on Tuesday, May 5, 2009 by Jim Norrena

MFA in Writing alumna Laura LeHew's poetry is featured in the anthology Eating Her Wedding Dress

CCA Alumna and poet Laura LeHew (MFA in Writing 2003) is one of 100 contemporary poets being featured in Eating Her Wedding Dress: A Collection of Clothing Poems, published by Ragged Sky Press, which includes other noteworthy local writers and literary luminaries such as Kim Addonizio, Margaret Atwood, Billy Collins, Elaine Equi, Jorie Graham, Maxine Kumin, Paul Muldoon, and Charles Simic. Eating Her Wedding Dress celebrates clothing in its many forms and functions as: desire, ghost, body, poetry, talisman, and transformer of the soul.

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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 by Sarah Owens

Julian Myers, associate professor, Curatorial Practice and Visual Studies programsView slideshow 

Scholar, critic, and curator Julian Myers, PhD, associate professor in the Curatorial Practice and Visual Studies programs, has been selected as a grantee for the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program, a first-of-its-kind program "aimed to honor and encourage writing about art." Julian's proposed book project, Mirror-Travel in the Motor City, is one of 27 projects awarded a portion of the $635,000 total grant.

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Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 by Jim Norrena

The Entire Earth and Sky: Views on Antarctica (University of Nebraska Press, 2008) by Leslie Carol Roberts

Leslie Carol Roberts is a faculty member in both the MFA Writing and Graduate Design programs. She's also the first-ever Fulbright Fellow in Antarctic Studies! Roberts will be promoting her book, The Entire Earth and Sky: Views on Antarctica (University of Nebraska Press, 2008), in the Bay Area with planned readings. (See author's website and bookstore links below for details.)

According to Roberts: "This book pieces together the tragic and heroic tales of nineteenth-century exploration, interviews with scientists, and the author's personal observations. The result is a remarkable collage that evokes the beauty and the complexity, the perils and the rewards of a lifelong engagement with the earth's last wilderness."

Additionally, Roberts has delivered talks and papers on her multidisciplinary work at the Stanford Linear Accelerator and the New Zealand Studies Association (London), as well as to scientific groups at universities in the United States and abroad.

Roberts, who's been invited as a distinguished writer in residence at St. Mary's College in 2009, has written hundreds of articles and essays for magazines, newspapers, and literary journals, including the Bellevue Literary Review, The Christian Science Monitor, and the Sydney Morning Herald. She has written hundreds of articles and essays for magazines, newspapers, and literary journals, including the Bellevue Literary Review, The Christian Science Monitor, and the Sydney Morning Herald.

Join Roberts at Mrs. Dalloway's in Berkeley on Friday, November 21, at 7:30 p.m. for a reading and signing.

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