Thursday January 17, 2019 | Campus Closed
The Incline Village Campus is closed today due to a power outage. Stay safe!
The Incline Village Campus is closed today due to a power outage. Stay safe!
By Writers, For Writers
Our program was built entirely by writers, to guide authors organically through the exploration of their craft and thorough preparation for a sustainable life of creation and publication. No other program nurtures a writer from line and sentence to essay, story, poetry collection or novel like ours does.
Our editing semester is a uniquely practical experience in crafting work which is both thrilling and publishable. Our gifted faculty are here because they want to launch unique, individual voices within a global dialogue; to see risks taken, new moves in language braved, and students grow into professional and artistic peers.
Come lean toward our fire and tell us your stories, poems, essays. We’re listening.
We’ve made this program so that people who are unable to walk away from jobs and families and service can still become masters of their craft . . . NOW.
Over four distance-learning semesters punctuated by five week-long residencies, students will focus on their chosen genre (be it fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction) while exploring new territories of artistic expression.
Faculty meet with their students one-on-one during each residency to set plans, then work with them intensively throughout the semester providing written critiques. With a student-to-mentor ratio never greater than 5:1, students receive creative, focused, individualized feedback.
Each residency is an eight-day intensive period of workshops, seminars, readings and more, in which we explore the wide landscape of the writing life from practical tricks-of-the-trade to subtleties of conceptual nuance. Residencies take place in early January and early August, with one of every five residencies (for the program as a whole) located overseas. Our August 2014 residency was in Doolin, Ireland – our January 2017 residency will be in Jamaica.
Carolyn Forché: Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1950, poet, teacher and activist Carolyn Forché has witnessed, thought about, and put into poetry some of the most devastating events of twentieth-century world history. According to Joyce Carol Oates in the New York Times Book Review, Forché’s ability to wed the “political” with the “personal” places her in the company of such poets as Pablo Neruda, Philip Levine, and Denise Levertov.
Each of our faculty members is an experienced writer and an incredible teacher of their art. Here are a few:
Rick Campbell’s most recent book is The History of Steel: A Selected Works (2014), from All Nations Press. His other books include Dixmont (Autumn House 2008); The Traveler’s Companion (Black Bay Books 2004); Setting The World In Order (Texas Tech 2001); and A Day’s Work (State Street Press 2000). He’s won a Pushcart Prize, an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, and two poetry fellowships from the Florida Arts Council.
Campbell was the director of Anhinga Press from 1992 to 2014, during which time the press published about 80 books of poetry. He is a founder and the Director of the Florida Literary Arts Coalition and its Other Words Conference in St. Augustine, FL.
His poems and essays have appeared in The Georgia Review, The Florida Review, Prairie Schooner, Fourth River, Kestrel, Puerto Del Sol, New Madrid and other journals. He was chosen to take part in the Georgia Poetry Circuit eight school tour, and has read or presented workshops at over 100 schools and conferences in the last thirty years.
Campbell teaches English at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida.
Lee Herrick is the author of Gardening Secrets of the Dead (WordTech Editions, 2013) and This Many Miles from Desire (WordTech, 2007). His poems have appeared in numerous journals such as ZYZZYVA, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, Berkeley Poetry Review, Hawaii Pacific Review, Many Mountains Moving, The Bloomsbury Review, and From the Fishouse online, and in anthologies such as Seeds from a Silent Tree: Writings by Korean Adoptees, Hurricane Blues: Poems About Katrina and Rita, Highway 99: A Literary Journey Through California’s Great Central Valley, 2nd Edition, and The Place That Inhabits Us: Poems from the San Francisco Bay Watershed.
He is the founding editor of In the Grove, and his essays have been published in Korean Quarterly and college textbooks. He was the guest editor of New Truths: Writing in the 21st Century by Korean Adoptees for Asian American Poetry and Writing (2010). He has traveled extensively throughout Latin America and Asia. He teaches at Fresno City College in Fresno, California, where he was a nominee for the Hayward Award for Teaching Excellence and in 2011 received the Bill F. Stewart Award for Excellence.
Following his graduation from Vassar College, Ben Busch served 16 years as an infantry and light armored reconnaissance officer in the United States Marine Corps, deploying for two combat tours in Iraq. He returned to the U.S. to play a Marine in HBO’s Generation Kill, where he pretended to invade towns he had actually invaded in the line of duty. His written work has been published in Harper’s,The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, and North American Review among others, and was notable in the 2010 Best American Essays anthology.
Busch’s searing memoir Dust to Dust (Ecco 2012) reflects a complicated relationship between destruction and creation. In chapters such as “Water,” “Metal,” “Bone,” and “Blood,” Ben reflects on his rural upbringing, his combat training, his relationship with his father—acclaimed novelist Frederick Busch—and, most poignantly, his own mortality, his family and the natural world.
His photographs have been featured in Five Points, Connecticut Review, Photography Quarterly, and War, Literature, & the Arts. As an actor, he is best known for his appearances in Homicide, The Wire, Generation Kill, and The Beast. His first film, Sympathetic Details, came out in 2008 winning numerous international film awards, and his new film as writer/director, BRIGHT, was released in January 2011.
Busch was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his essay, Growth Rings, printed in the Michigan Quarterly Review, and for his poem, You Know Who You Are, printed in the Dunes Review. Busch Received a Purple Heart medal in 2005 for combat wounds sustained in Ramadi, Iraq.
MFA Faculty Rebecca Makkai's "The World's on Fire. Can We Still Talk About Books?" appears in Electric Literature. https://electricliterature.com/the-worlds-on-fire-can-we-still-talk-about-books-5293c62d8944?fbclid=IwAR2URsGOSaYnZjptNZaD16pOfOagIwrfbZEnzkgedC0SrdB8rIr4OOWf6E0
MFA Faculty Suzanne Roberts' "Are You a Tourist or a Traveler" appears in Wanderlust Journal. https://wanderlust-journal.com/2018/12/03/are-you-a-tourist-or-a-traveler-by-suzanne-roberts/?fbclid=IwAR2XeMd1On5H5uQ3Up1pa2g0JuaIyu2ZTK9XA6bzR7rmDRiJgoDJr1dB9Gk
MFA Faculty Gayle Brandeis' "Perspective: After My Dad Died, I Found His Double" appears in The Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2018/11/30/after-my-dad-died-i-found-his-double/?fbclid=IwAR09Uxnef97gX1yu4OhmNhSeBrF-hBP1yhtDzV-bdjqoV1qHJztOh-F3eAg&noredirect=on&utm_term=.977077ea6793
MFA Poetry student Luke Johnson's "Messenger" is nominated by Tilde: A Literary Journal for the 44th Annual Pushcart Prize. https://www.thirtywestph.com/tildelit/
MFA Faculty Suzanne Roberts' "Soliloquy" appears in Superstition Review. https://superstitionreview.asu.edu/issue22/nonfiction/suzanneroberts
We want artists who will write for the rest of their lives. If you are interested in adding your voice to this transformative conversation and intrigued by the possibility of working with teachers and peers who are passionate about the art they love, then please contact us — we look forward to meeting you.