Writing News

Posted on Thursday, December 15, 2011 by Heather Lohmann

Heather Lohmann graduated from CCA in spring 2011 from the MFA Program in Writing. She currently lives in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, where she's dreaming up her next big adventure.

Aries

March 21-April 19
It’s time to get rid of all that clutter, Aries. And I’m not just talking about all the junk that’s been piling up in your studio over the past few months. Take a deeper look into the aspects of your life that may be hindering your creative nature. If your career hasn’t been moving in the direction you may have been hoping for, maybe it’s time to change paths. It might take a little while to see how this change will affect you positively, and we all know you’re not the most patient of signs, but if you can wait, you’ll definitely be pleased with the results. You may come across a few difficulties at first, but if you can stick to what you’ve started (and I know what you’re thinking: There are just too many ideas to work with! How can I stay focused on just one piece or project when it doesn’t pay off right away?!), you’ll reap the rewards. Remain optimistic and the world will be your oyster.

Taurus

April 20-May 20
Brace yourself, Taurus, because all that creative hard work is about to get recognized. Fame? Make sure you’ve got your sunglasses and anti-paparazzi hand-to-the-face ready! Fortune? Get ready to see some serious activity in your bank account. You’ll have to work hard to get to where you’re going, but you’ve got the stubborn, practical nature to help make sure you don’t give up. Whether it’s a publishing contract for your first novel, a gallery opening for your latest and greatest, or the debut of your clothing line, there are very big things waiting in your very near future. A quick tip, though: Make sure to play the role of diplomat when dealing with others who hold positions of power -- you might need these allies a little later down the road after your 15+ minutes hit!

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 by Jim Norrena

About Kevin Whiteley

Kevin Whiteley (aka Wayne White) graduated from CCA's MFA Program in Writing in 2009. His writing has been featured at Reservoir.com and New Expressions. He's also ghostwritten for photographer/model/singer Sarah Vanderhaar. He's currently working on revisions to his forthcoming novel, Chi-Town, My Town as well as embracing historical fiction with "Appeasement," a work in progress.

Mark Your Calendars

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 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.”

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".

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.

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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.

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

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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