October 2015

Fall 2015 Newsletter

GRADUATES Hats off to the eight marvelous writers who will leave the residency after graduation day. Be sure to take time to congratulate Andrew Fleming, Charity Goodrow, Ah-Keisha McCants, Jorn Otte, Yvonne Raphael, Kat Richardson, Christian Smith, and Megan Wenng. Thank you for the beauty that each of you has brought to us in your […]

Writing From Home

This blog post was prompted by the following question asked by alumna Kat Richardson (BFAW ’15): Q: [What are] the benefits of writing from home (which I’m not feeling right now)? The reason I chose Knox over Goddard initially was because I wanted the experience of living in the middle of all those resources. I […]

May 2014

BFAW Program Launches DUENDE Literary Journal

What is Duende? 1) “A sort of corkscrew that can get art into the sensibility of an audience…it climbs up inside you, from the soles of the feet,” wrote poet Federico García Lorca in 1933, in “Theory and Play of the Duende.” 2) A new, all-online, national literary journal, produced by students in Goddard’s BFA […]

BFA Faculty Poetry Reading: PoemCity 2014

  Watch this video of BFA in Creative Writing faculty members Michael Leong, Michael Vizsolyi, Arisa White, and Wendy Call, and Program Director Janet Sylvester, reading original work as well as translations at this PoemCity 2014 event at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier, Vermont [52:44 min.]. Thanks to ORCA Media for this video coverage.

April 2014

BFA News & Achievements – Spring 2014

Welcome to our Spring 2014 BFA in Creative Writing eNewsletter! The students and faculty of our wonderful program have been busy since the fall residency.  Here’s a run-down of recent publications, readings, collaborations, and general literary accomplishments: STUDENTS Cerridwin Aker has received a full scholarship to study nonfiction at the 27th annual Fishtrap Writers Conference […]

July 2013

To Celebrate Walter’s Life

To celebrate Walter Butts, I want to write specific things about what it was like to work with him. Here is a sentence that I have found myself saying over and over since he passed away: Walter Butts was one of the best colleagues I ever had. Walter could be counted on to speak his […]

February 2013

Poetry & Symbolism

  Here is the solitude from from which you are absent. It is raining.  The sea wind is hunting stray gulls.                                                                         — Pablo Neruda   Every day, we encounter symbols that help redefine the world around us and our place in it.  Pablo Neruda was a poet acutely aware of this dynamic, and his […]

January 2013

Contemplation, Clarity, and the Poem

  Complex thoughts distilled through plain diction, interactions with the natural world, and specificity of details can heighten imagery and evoke larger implications.  This endeavor to make human connection through introspection, reflection and acute awareness of one’s environment is a prevalent style employed by many ancient Chinese poets.  Within this seemingly simplistic approach, these masters […]

December 2012

Reading, Listening, and Making Poems

  I’ve been thinking lately how certain literary influences have informed and shaped my writing.  As a narrative/lyric poet interested in story and expressed feeling, the poets I keep returning to for inspiration include Richard Hugo, Stanley Plumly, James Wright, Philip Levine, William Matthews, B.H. Fairchild, Lynda Hull, Sharon Olds, and others who draw from […]

Revision: Liberating Language

  The poet Allen Ginsberg has famously said, “First thought, best thought.”  The inimitable Otis Redding, in the classic “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay,” laments “I can’t do what ten people tell me to do.”  Here, in the BFA in Creative Writing program at Goddard College, you are encouraged to consider revision as […]