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 […]

November 2012

An Interview with Laurie Foos in The Writer's Chronicle

Jorge Armenteros | October/November 2012 Reprinted from The Writer’s Chronicle and EXCERPTI’ll be perfectly honest and tell you that I have no adequate answer to why I write the way that I do. Writing fiction that departs from reality in some way is not intentional for me; it’s not a precept I impose upon […]

Character-driven Fiction: Toward Believabilty

The novelist Paul Auster has written, “As long as there’s one person to believe it, there’s no story that can’t be true.”  And what compels that one reader to believe, especially if the narrative consists of characters that might be difficult to identify with?   The challenge here is to create characters in a way that […]