10:00 AM - Brooks Room
OSU-Cascades MFA faculty and second-year students read their work.
OSU-Cascades MFA faculty and second-year students read their work. After the reading, MFA faculty and students will offer a behind-the-scenes peak into the writing life, focusing on how the relationship between the mentor and mentee evolves and how we teach the craft of creative writing at the graduate level.
Emily Carr, Program Director: Emily writes murder mysteries that turn into love poems that are sometimes (by her McSweeneys editors, for example) called divorce poems. She is the author of several collections and chapbooks of poems, mostly recently "Whosoever Has Let a Minotaur Enter Them, Or a Sonnet" (McSweeney's 2016). Her first collection of fiction, "Name Your Bird Without A Gun: a Tarot novella" is forthcoming from Spork in 2019. After she got an MFA in poetry from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, she took a doctorate in ecopoetics at the University of Calgary. Emily has been a finalist in seven national book contests, most notably The National Poetry Series 2011.
TC Tolbert, Core Faculty Poet: TC Tolbert often identifies as a trans and genderqueer feminist, collaborator, dancer, and poet but really s/hes just a human in love with humans doing human things. The author of "Gephyromania" (Ahsahta Press 2014), and five chapbooks, TC is also co-editor of "Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics" (Nightboat Books 2013), the first anthology of its kind. Second only to writing, TC loves teaching and being in the wilderness (wherever that may be). In addition to working with OSU-Cascades, s/he teaches for University of Arizona, is a certified Wilderness EMT, and spends his summers leading wilderness trips for Outward Bound. TC is Tucsons Poet Laureate.
Beth Alvarado, Core Faculty in Fiction & Creative Nonfiction: Beths second book, "Anthropologies: A Family Memoir" (University of Iowa Press, 2011), is a vivid archive of memories that layers scenes, oral histories, portraits, and dreams in a dynamic cross-cultural mosaic. Her short story collection, "Not a Matter of Love" (New Rivers Press, 2006), won the Many Voices Project Prize for work that is aesthetically challenging and has a social consciousness. Her essays and stories have been published in many fine journals including The Sun, The Southern Review, and Ploughshares. Beth has an MFA in Fiction from the University of Arizona, an M.A. in Literature from Stanford University, and she studied creative nonfiction on a fellowship in Prague, Czech Republic.
Ru Freeman, Core Faculty in Fiction & Creative Nonfiction: I grew up in Sri Lanka, a country where girls and women are honored both for their grace and for not taking any bull; where opinions are stated clearly and in the open, most specially when we disagree, but where the argument is kept separate from the relationship; and where friendship is assumed before it has to be proved. These things tend to differentiate me from my American peers. Serendip was the name, in Arabic, for my country in 361 AD, whose essence was captured in the invention of the word serendipity in the 18th century. As such, Ive learned to stay wide open to the beauty that chance happenings afford us, and thrive in environments where people love without boundaries, give freely of their wealth and of themselves, enjoy the pleasure of food and drink and dance, and find humor in pretty much everything. Even the darkest things. Particularly those.
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