Listen to the Spring 2013 MFA thesis readings.
Programs of National Distinction
Creative Writing is one of three top programs at The University of Montana that was recently named a Program of National Distinction (PoND) by the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. With this distinction, additional funds will be added to the Creative Writing Program's base budget--most of which will be used to increase student support. TA salaries will go up, and the CutBank Editor position will now be fully-funded. “UM’s Creative Writing Program is one of our nation’s oldest and most prestigious writing programs,” Director Judy Blunt said. “PoND status will afford us a competitive edge in terms of recruiting the most talented students and will help us maintain our place in the top tier of creative writing programs nationwide.”
The Oval, volume 6, has just been published. The 2013 staff edition is also now available online.
Ed Skoog (MFA 1996) celebrates the publication of his second collection of poetry Rough Day (Copper Canyon Press), with a reading and party at the Hugo House in Seattle on Thursday, June 13, 7 pm.
Greg Pape's new collection of poetry, Four Swans (Lynx House Press) is full of mature poems; meditative, curious poems about the world of wild mountains and streams, about death and blessing, about the resonant past that is with us yet.
While on the bus to elementary school in a small New England town, Brandon Shimoda (MFA 2006)—the offspring of a Japanese American father and white mother—was taunted for being “Portuguese.” Shimoda’s latest collection, Portuguese, returns the author to a moment he felt challenged to become what he was being called, however falsely. The presiding struggle in this collection is with poetry itself—the form and its impulses, and the act of writing. But Portuguese is more than all these things. It was—and is—an act of preservation, giving form to the energy that makes up some part of our memory. -- Bookish
Zan Bockes' (MFA 1990) first book of poetry, Caught in Passing, has been published with Turning Point.
“Zan Bockes’ original voice captivates with music, rhythm and resilience, with such precision of memory, it’s time travel. This work is living proof that poetry is salvation.” —Sheryl Noethe
Taking its title from the descent into Hell in the opening passage of Homer’s Iliad—“and crowded brave souls into the undergloom”—Prageeta Sharma's fourth collection of poetry chronicles personal and internal wars using the American frontier as a central metaphor to address questions of community and belonging, outsiderness, and the inevitability of a racialized self. Undergloom will be released with Fence Books June 11, 2013.
"Earth Again is an arresting, beautiful collection of poems. Chris Dombrowski (MFA 2001) is musical and intellectual in equal measure, and the poems here are memorable in every way--surprising and strange, moving and alarming, delightful and frightening. This is important new work." -- Laura Kasischke
Abi Maxwell's (MFA 2009) Lake People is a haunting, luminous debut novel set in a small New Hampshire town: the story of the crisscrossing of lives, within and without family, and of one woman, given up for adoption as a baby, searching for the truth about her life.
Melissa Kwasny's (MFA 1999) Earth Recitals is a profound meditation on vision as both a dimension of art and a spiritual practice. What is it to see? What is it to create an image? What is it to live in a way that opens the heart and mind to vision? Kwasny explores these questions through lyrical responses to a range of artists and writers, from the anonymous makers of ancient rock paintings to Morris Graves, from H.D. to Leslie Marmon Silko, among many others. This beautifully written book expresses in every sentence the life of care and vision it does so much to illuminate. --Robert Baker
Emily Ruskovich (B.A. 2007), currently a McCreight Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, landed a double book contract with Random House. Her story collection, tentatively titled Idaho, will appear in 2013; look for her novel-in-progress, also from Random House, a couple years down the road.