MFA Residency Events – Winter 2018
Come share the artistry of the gifted faculty and students of Sierra Nevada College’s MFA programs in Creative Writing and Interdisciplinary Arts.
All events listed are free and open to the public.
MFA in Creative Writing
Friday January 5
6 - 8 pm | Prim Library
MFA Faculty Sampler
Come join us for an evening with a little bit of everything – perhaps even music!
Saturday January 6
4:15 - 5 pm | Prim Library
with Lisa Papademetriou
Young adult author Lisa Papademetriou is the author of A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic (a South Asia Book Award Highly Commended Title), the New York Times-bestselling novels Middle School: My Brother is a Big, Fat Liar and Homeroom Diaries (both with James Patterson), the Confectionately Yours series (over 750,000 books in print), and many other novels for middle grade and young adult readers. Her latest book, Apartment 1986, was a School Library Journal Popular Pick.
Sunday January 7
7 pm | Prim Library
with Monica Sok, Julie Iromuanya, and Luis Alberto Urrea
Poet Monica Sok was born and raised by Cambodian refugees in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She is the author of Year Zero (Poetry Society of America, 2016) and has received fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Calabash/The Conversation Literary Festival, Elizabeth George Foundation, Hedgebrook, Fine Arts Work Center, Jerome Foundation, Kundiman, MacDowell Colony, Montalvo Arts Center, National Endowment for the Arts, Saltonstall Foundation, Stadler Center for Poetry, and others. Her poems appear in CONSEQUENCE Magazine, Kenyon Review, Narrative, POETRY, The New Republic, and TriQuarterly Review, among others. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University.
Julie Iromuanya's first novel is Mr. and Mrs. Doctor (Coffee House Press, 2015), a finalist for the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award, the 2016 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, the 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature, the 2015 National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize for Debut Fiction, and a San Francisco Chronicle “Best of 2015,” a Star Tribune Critics Choice, and a “Best Minnesota Books 2015.” Her creative writing has also appeared in The Kenyon Review, Passages North, the Cream City Review, and the Tampa Review, among other journals. Her scholarly-critical work is forthcoming in Meridians, Callaloo, and Afropolitan Literature as World Literature. Born and raised in the American Midwest, she is the daughter of Igbo Nigerian immigrants.
Luis Alberto Urrea, hailed by NPR as a "literary badass" and a "master storyteller with a rock and roll heart," is the critically acclaimed and best-selling author of 16 books of poetry, fiction and essays. Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and American mother, Urrea is most recognized as a border writer, though he says, "I am more interested in bridges, not borders."
The Devil's Highway, his 2004 non-fiction account of a group of Mexican immigrants lost in the Arizona desert, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The Hummingbird's Daughter (2005) tells the story of his great-aunt Teresa Urrea, sometimes known as the Saint of Cabora and the Mexican Joan of Arc. Both books were named a best book of the year by many publications. His 2009 novel Into the Beautiful North (2009) is a Big Read selection of the National Endowment of the Arts and a popular community read choice. His most recent book, the short story collection The Water Museum, was a finalist for the 2015 PEN-Faulkner Award and was a Washington Post best books of the year choice.
Monday January 8
2 - 2:45 pm | Prim Library
with Rebecca Makkai
Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the short story collection Music for Wartime (2015). Her novel The Hundred-Year House won the Chicago Writers Association award, and The Borrower was a Booklist Top Ten Debut which has been translated into eight languages. Her short fiction won a 2017 Pushcart Prize and was chosen for The Best American Short Stories collections for four consecutive years (2008-2011). Makkai is the recipient of a 2014 NEA fellowship and has taught at the Iowa Writers Workshop, Tin House, and Northwestern University.
Tuesday January 9
4 – 5 pm | Prim Library
Two Pines Reading
6 – 7 pm | Prim Library
Our new graduates present their work.
MFA Interdisciplinary Arts
Wednesday January 3
7 pm | Holman Arts & Media Center
Ayanah Moor works across various media creating paintings, prints, drawings and performance within a visual field where notions of blackness and gender identity take shape. Her practice involves individual action, collaboration and participation, and operates within the discourse of authorship, sampling, and appropriation. Moor has exhibited at ONE Archives—University of Southern California Libraries; The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; Wexner Center for the Arts, OH; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Subliminal Projects, Echo Park, CA, Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, New Zealand; and Proyecto ‘ace, Buenos Aires, Argentina. & Anthony Romero’s 2016 book, The Social Practice That Is Race, described Moor alongside Dan S. Wang Hank Willis Thomas and Ellen Gallagher as “carrying forward a new black arts tradition.” Moor completed her BFA at Virginia Commonwealth University and MFA at Tyler School of Art. She is currently Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Printmedia at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Friday January 5
7 pm |Holman Arts & Media Center
Zanna Gilbert is a research specialist in the Getty Research Institute curatorial department. She completed her PhD at the School of Philosophy and Art History at the University of Essex, UK, in collaboration with Tate Modern. From 2012 to 2015, Gilbert was Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, where she was responsible for research focusing on art in Latin America and was coeditor of the online publication post. She has curated a number of exhibitions, including Daniel Santiago: Brazil Is My Abyss (Museu de Arte Moderna Aloisio Magalhães and Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói, 2012, 2014); The Unmaker of Objects: Edgardo Antonio Vigo’s Marginal Media (MoMA, 2014); Home Archives: Paulo Bruscky and Robert Rehfeldt's Mail Exchange (Chert, Berlin, 2015) and contributed a section on artistic exchange for the exhibition Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960–1980 (MoMA, 2015). Most recently, she was co-curator of the PST:LA/LA exhibition Making Art Concrete: Works from Argentina in the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Gilbert’s texts have appeared in Art in America, Art Margins, Fillip, OEI, Arte y Parte, Caiana, Blanco sobre Blanco, and Art in Print, as well as in a number of exhibition catalogs and books.
Saturday January 6
6 pm | Tahoe Gallery, Prim Library
Tuesday January 9
7 pm | St. Mary's Art Center, Virginia City, NV
Sameer Farooq (b. 1978) completed an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam. His interdisciplinary practice investigates tactics of representation and enlists the tools of installation, photography, documentary filmmaking, writing and the methods of anthropology to explore various forms of collecting, interpreting, and display. Recent projects include an ambitious public installation at the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto and an upcoming exhibition at the University of Nevada Reno’s new arts centre. He has exhibited internationally and nationally at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), the Art Gallery of York University, Open Studio (Toronto), Maquis Projects (Izmir, Turkey), Blackwood Gallery (Mississauga), Trankat (Tétouan, Morocco), Sol Koffler Gallery (Providence, USA), Artellewa (Cairo, Egypt), and Sanat Limani (Istanbul, Turkey). Farooq has been awarded several grants from the Canada Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, and the Europe Media Fund, as well the President’s Scholarship at the Rhode Island School of Design. He also appeared on the 2017 Sobey Art Award long list. He is currently working as an visual artist, designer, educator, and is a member of the documentary film collective Smoke Signal Projects as director. His artist book/print editions have been distributed through Art Metropole.
Wednesday January 10
5 – 7 pm | St. Mary's Art Center, Virginia City, NV
Public Opening for Daphne Osell's Midway Exhibition. Student projects on display throughout building. Join us afterwards at the iconic Red Dog Saloon in Virginia City.