MFA Program to Present Visiting Writers Series

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Low-Residency Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing Program will host a Visiting Writers Series during the program’s upcoming Summer Residency.  The writers will be reading from their original work, and copies of their books will be available for sale.  All readings will be held on Wesleyan’s campus in either the Library’s Upshur Reading Room or the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts (PAC), as noted.

July 5 at 7 p.m. – LAURA LONG & MARY CARROLL-HACKETT, Upshur Reading Room:

Laura Long’s novel Out of Peel Tree was published in April 2014 and was recommended as an Editor’s Pick for Oprah.com. She is the author of two poetry collections, The Eye of Caroline Herschel: A Life in Poems and Imagine a Door. She teaches at Lynchburg College in Virginia, and is from Buckhannon, WV. Mary Carroll-Hackett’s chapbook, The Real Politics of Lipstick, won Slipstream’s 2010 poetry competition, and another, Animal Soul, was released in 2013 from Kattywompus Press. A full-length collection, If We Could Know Our Bones, was released from A-Minor Press in January 2014. She teaches at Longwood University.

July 6 at 7 p.m. – GAIL GALLOWAY ADAMS, PAC:

Gail Galloway Adams retired as Professor Emeritus from West Virginia University where she taught creative writing and literature in the English Department. Winner of numerous teaching honors, among them the C.A.S.E. award from The Carnegie Institute for Teaching Excellence, Gail is the author of The Purchase of Order which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction.

July 7 at 7 p.m. – JEREMY JONES & ERIN VEITH, Upshur Reading Room:

Jeremy Jones is the author of Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland. His essays have been named Notable in Best American Essays and appear in various literary journals, including Brevity and Crab Orchard Review. Jeremy hails from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and teaches creative writing at Western Carolina University. Erin Veith is the author of I Closed My Eyes to Tell That Story, a new chapbook of poems published by Latham House Press. Her work has also appeared in literary journals such as: The Aurorean, The Citron Review, Greensboro Review, and Open Thread. Currently, Erin teaches English at Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh.

July 9 at 7 p.m. – JULIA SPICHER KASDORF, PAC:

Author of three collections in the Pitt Poetry Series, most recently Poetry in America, Julia Spicher Kasdorf has also published two non-fiction books about Amish and Mennonite culture and history, and she co-edited Broken Land: Poems of Brooklyn. She is a professor at Pennsylvania State University where she founded the Writer in the Community project, and she is currently at work on a documentary poetry project about impacts of the Marcellus Shale gas boom.

July 10 at 7 p.m. – ANN PANCAKE, Performing Arts Center.

A West Virginia native Ann Pancake is the author of a short story collection, Given Ground, and a novel, Strange As This Weather Has Been. She has received a Whiting Award, an NEA grant, a Pushcart Prize, and the Bakeless Prize, among others. Her fiction and essays have appeared in publications like Orion, The Georgia Review, Poets and Writers, and New Stories From the South, the Year’s Best. A new story collection is forthcoming in 2015.

All events are free and open to the public.

Wesleyan’s low-residency MFA in Creative Writing offers an apprenticeship model that enables students to earn a graduate degree without having to uproot their lives.  Students are on campus for an intense residency period of nine to ten days each summer and winter, and complete their semester course work through correspondence with a mentor.  Launched by Irene McKinney, who served as West Virginia’s Poet Laureate until her death in February 2012, the program continues to honor her vision: the dynamic faculty is committed to fostering the creation of fine literature, particularly literature that explores place and identity.  This program is the only one of its kind in the state.

For more information about the readings or the MFA in Creative Writing program, visit the MFA website at www.wvwc.edu/academics/gradprograms/MFA/ or contact Director Jessie van Eerden at vaneerden@wvwc.edu or (304) 473-8329.

This project is being presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.