MFAW program director Elena Georgiou‘s short story collection, The Immigrant’s Refrigerator, will be published by GenPop Books in October, 2017.
MFAW-VT faculty member Kenny Fries‘s In the Gardens of Japan, a poem sequence, will be published by Garden Oak Press in August. The poem sequence is important to the narrative of In the Province of the Gods, which will be published by University of Wisconsin Press in September but do not appear in the book. Previously, the poems of In the Gardens of Japan have been set by Japanese composer Kumiko Takahashi for voice and Japanese instruments and have been heard in concerts in Tokyo, Yokohama, New York City, and Hawaii. The text of the poems were also part of a limited edition tenugui (traditional Japanese cloth) designed by Yugo Yasuda.
Faculty member Rahna Reiko Rizzuto ‘s second novel, currently titled Shadow Child, will be published by Grand Central Publishing next year. The novel is a a suspenseful dual narrative about motherhood, sisterhood, and second chances, set against a backdrop of contemporary New York City, 1960s Hawaii, and 1940s Japan, in which once-inseparable twins struggle to overcome a violent betrayal and a young bride finds herself caught in the Japanese internment camps at the outbreak of World War II.
Alumni and Students:
MFAW-VT student Jessica Dickey’s play The Rembrandt will open the season at Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago this Fall.
MFAW-VT student Ni’ja Whitson was named as one of the “100 Culture Influencers” by Brooklyn Magazine.
MFAW-VT alumna Cara Hoffman‘s latest novel, Running, received a full-page review in the New York Times Book Review. She also had an essay, “Vanishing Point,” in the Paris Review.
Also, MFAW-WA alumna Aleksandra Panic reviewed alumna Cara Hoffman‘s Running for Pif Magazine.
MFAW-WA student Kimi Hardesty is now on staff as an assistant editor in nonfiction for Profane, a print journal, which is published annually. The journal features poetry, essays and stories.
MFAW-WA alumna Darlene Reilly will be giving a workshop online in May through Romance Writers of America’s FF&P chapter. The workshop will be a discussion on anthropology, archaeology, and romance.