Writing News

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.

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Posted on Monday, September 12, 2011 by Simon Hodgson

Photo: Bryan and Vita Hewitt Photography

“Wouldn’t it be amazing to learn the craft of writing from Kim Addonizio at a dive bar? Or from devorah major at the Church of John Coltrane? Or from Paul Hoover at the Crucible!”

These are the enthusiastic musings of Myron Michael (MFA Writing 2006), a poet, teacher, recording artist, and proprietor of the micro label Rondeau Records. “I’m envisioning an annual festival of free neighborhood writing workshops taught by performers, poets, and thespians. It would cover everything from semantic poetry to phonetic poetry—poetry and dance, poetry and photography. Slam, sonnets, spoken word, songwriting, rondeaus, rap. It’s all poetry.”

Based in Oakland, Michael is also the founder of the poetry publication project Move or Die and curator of the monthly reading series HELIOTROPE. In August he will join other ambitious emerging poets and novelists at the week-long Postgraduate Writers’ Conference at Vermont College of Fine Arts. He has already attended the annual conference twice, the first time as a student, the second as a work-study scholar. This year he returns as the resident emcee. The conference is an immersion experience, offering the chance to hone his craft not only in manuscript building, but also in organizational skills, as he pursues his goal of one day directing a writing conference or festival.

“Writing builds bridges.”

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Posted on Monday, September 5, 2011 by Jim Norrena

The forthcoming second edition will feature Joseph Lease's poetry

Congratulations are in order for MFA Program in Writing chair Joseph Lease, who will have several selected poems published in his latest book of poetry, Testify (Coffee House Press, 2011) included in the forthcoming second edition of *Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology".

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Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Nana K. Twumasi lives in Oakland

Nana K. Twumasi (MFA Writing 2004) was born in the South and raised a bunch of other places, which left her with a Midwestern work ethic, an East Coast attitude and, now that she lives in Oakland, California, a West Coast sense of time. Her work has appeared as part of Ballyhoo Stories' 50 States Project and the International Museum of Women's Imagining Ourselves online exhibit. She is the coeditor of Monday Night, a journal of new literature.

« Return to Alumni Success

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Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Photo credit: Rino Pizzi

About Melanie Westerberg

Melanie Westerberg (2004) is the author of City in the River, City in the Forest (Hag's Head Press, 2010). Her short stories have appeared in Mid-American Review, Third Coast, Torpedo, and the Best New American Voices 2006 anthology, and two were nominated for Pushcart Prizes.

Faculty Inspiration

Her collaboration with CCA MFA Writing faculty member Rebekah Bloyd was translated into Czech for RozRazil.

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Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Brent Foster Jones connects his writing to social and political life

About Brent Foster Jones (2008)

In 2008 Southern Exposure asked me to read new prose and poetry as part of guerrilla broadcaster Neighborhood Public Radio's upcoming programming for the Whitney Biennial. My disembodied voice, along with others, was played for digital, radio, and museum listeners.

The experience started me thinking about how to keep new literature knit into our fast-moving world. Readers might be distracted, but they still want stories, but maybe these stories are lean, urgent things, elegant and efficient.

Training in Multiple Genres

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Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Nikki Thompson lives and works in the Bay AreaView slideshow 

Nikki Thompson is a poet, book artist (aka Deconstructed Artichoke Press), and happily failed architect. She fled Southern California for UC Berkeley, where she earned a degree in architecture and edited Berkeley Fiction Review.

In 2001 she was awarded the All College Honors in Graduate Writing from CCA. She remained in the Bay Area and completed the MFA Program in Writing in 2002.

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Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Friedman resides in Auburn, Alabama, with her husband and two children

Peach Friedman (2006) is the author of Diary of an Exercise Addict, a memoir recounting her rapid descent into and recovery from anorexia nervosa. The book received international acclaim from sources including the London Times and the San Francisco Chronicle, and Friedman was interviewed by Barbara Walters on The View, and on Oprah's Radio Network. People magazine gave the book three stars and named Friedman a "sexual adventuress," who inspires her readers.

Friedman resides in Auburn, Alabama, with her husband and two children.

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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

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Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 by Jim Norrena

CCA's MFA Program in Writing will celebrate its 10th anniversary this September. It seems the entire community of writers here at the college is looking backward as much as forward.

This is especially true for playwright and MFA Writing faculty member Claire Chafee, whose critically praised play Why We Have a Body (Bay Area premiere 1993) launched the Magic Theatre's 2011-12 season on Tuesday, September 6, at Fort Mason in San Francisco. The play, directed by Katie Pearl, and which runs through October 2, is part of a "revival effort" the theater is undertaking to include a previously produced hit play in each of its upcoming seasons.

Watch an interview of Chafee discussing Why We Have a Body with director Katie Pearl

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