Posts Tagged: mfa programs

Portrait of a Writing Center

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Over at Lit Hub, Michele Filgate is writing a series of articles on six of the country’s top writing centers, starting with GrubStreet in BostonRather than competing with MFA programs for students, GrubStreet Executive Director Eve Bridburg sees writing centers as adding to the literary landscape:

I see a healthier, bigger ecosystem with more opportunity for more writers.

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The Rumpus Interview with Brian Shawver

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Author Brian Shawver talks about his new book, Danger on the Page, his novel Aftermath, MFA programs, and why it’s a good thing that writing never stops being hard work. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Richard Ford

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Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Richard Ford discusses his new book, Let Me Be Frank With You, how metaphor shapes our world, and why he doesn't like the idea he has a battery to recharge. ...more

Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears

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Can you tell the difference between E. E. Cummings and a YouTube commenter? (It’s really not as hard as it looks.)

Caroline Guinzio has been guest blogging at Unstressed this week, and I enjoyed this piece very much in light of the long interview we recently published with Rebecca Wolff.

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Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears

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Barbara Jane Reyes has a good response to the New Yorker article on MFA programs I posted earlier.

At Harriet, Don Share takes on poetry reviews, even though he’s tired of the whole story. I took his post as an opportunity to expound on my own reviewing policies, both as reviewer and editor.

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Louis Menand on Creative-Writing Programs

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Louis Menand has really been on a roll this year. First the must-read article about how the Village Voice changed journalism, then the article on Donald Barthelme, and now this week, an essay about The Program Era by Mark McGurl, a book dealing with the origins of creative-writing programs, their development over the past half-century, and how they have affected American writing over those decades.

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