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Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 by Allison Byers

Also on Thursday, recent California College of the Arts MFA recipients Crys Lehman and Leonard Crosby host the final installment of this summer's One Lone Pear Tree series, which features a small group of writers in their large backyard and includes free drinks, snacks and a bonfire.

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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.

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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 26, 2013 by Jim Norrena

MFA Program in Writing visiting scholar Ishmael Reed was recently featured on Speakeasy, the Wall Street Journal arts and entertainment blog.

Reed, author of The Free-Lance Pallbearers and Reckless Eyeballing, uses the recent media storm surrounding the controversial "not guilty" verdict of George Zimmerman (on trial for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida) to accentuate his own experience participating as part of a neighborhood watch team in the Bay Area.

In February, Reed's article "Neo-Classical Republicanism" was published in the New York Times Opinion Pages.

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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.'

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Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 by Jim Norrena

Twerk
Belladonna, 2013
Paperback, 112 pages, $15

LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs (Writing 2008) has her first book of poetry now available: Twerk (Belladonna Press, 2013), which is already on the bestseller list for March and May with its distributor, Small Press Traffic.

MFA Program in Writing faculty member Gloria Frym calls Belladonna "a prestigious press for women writers."

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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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Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Star 82 Review issue 1
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013
Paperback, 44 pages, $9.95

Printmaking faculty member Alisa Golden has started an online and print-on-demand art and literary publication called Star 82 Review. The inaugural issue includes poems by two CCA faculty members, Stephen Ajay and Hugh Behm-Steinberg, as well as pieces from alumni Leonard Crosby (MFA Writing 2012), Lisa Kokin (BFA 1989, MFA 1994), and Rachel Smith (Illustration 2010).

Golden says: "In this issue, memory shimmers and vision lights up. Conflicts arise and are met. Words dance and talk and sing through childhood and beyond. We have objects of wonder that are pivots for the works: ruler, pineapple. baseball, pencil sharpener, knife, scarecrow, wallpaper, half of a twenty dollar bill, and more. The categories included are: flash, postcard lit, art post images, and erasure texts.

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Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Opposite of Work
JackLeg Press, 2013
Paperback, 136 pages, $14

Chad Sweeney says of Hugh Behm-Steinberg's second book of poetry, The Opposite of Work: "These intimate, honest poems labor toward a personal mythology where the return to Eden is a psychic process, 'erotic as a mind working,' of engaging the fallen world and body with casual grace and equanimity where 'divinity pervades even the slightest of acts.' These poems render a taut surface in time, registering the movement of sensation as it happens in continuum Bergsonian durée, 'the holiest of thoughts as you are / thinking them' -- not as performative gesture but poetry's necessary work of inquiry-toward-restoration-in-making. Behm-Steinberg desires nothing less than a heaven in language."

Hugh Behm-Steinberg is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in creative writing at Stanford University and the recipient of an NEA fellowship. At CCA he teaches in the MFA Program in Writing and edits the journal Eleven Eleven.

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