Students and Alumni

Summer Graef (MFAW ’14) took part in a literary event for Goddard’s Northwest writers in May at the Richard Hugo House in Seattle, Washington.

Justin Hall’s (MFAW ’14, pictured at left) book, No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, won the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT anthology published in 2013.

Ron Heacock (MFAW ’14) had a story, “Otis’s Lament,” published in Gallimaufry Journal.

Deborah Johnstone (MFAW ’13) had an essay accepted at

Lisa Lutwyche’s (MFAW ’13) short story, “In the Rain,” will be published in Fiction Vortex online magazine within the next month.

Donnelle McGee (MFAW ’12, pictrued at left) had a prose piece, “Her Time With Beethovenrecently published in the anthology California Prose Directory.  Also, new poems also appeared in May in Brain, Child Magazine and SLAB Literary Magazine (Issue #8). And, finally, his book of poems, Naked, has been accepted for publication by independent publisher unbound CONTENT and is forthcoming soon

Lisa E. Melilli (MFAW ’13) was awarded a 2013-2014 Arts Fellowship at the Drisha Institute in New York, NY.  The fellowship will financially support all research required for a new novel and will culminate in a public showing of work in June 2014.

Tony Mena (MFAW ’14) writes that The Headstrong Project is putting on a large fundraiser in New York City to promote PTSD awareness and treatment, and that the actor Jake Gyllenhaal will be reading one of my his poems. 

Lizz Schumer’s (MFAW ’13) Goddard thesis, Buffalo Steel, will be published by Black Rose Writing, a lovely little independent house, this August. Also, an essay of hers is included in a new book out from Familius Publishing, Lessons From My Parents, which launched in May.  

Jane Summer (MFAW ’13) is thrilled to represent Goddard College with the acceptance of her short story “Peaceful Village” in the Masters Review, judged by A.M. Homes. 

Chelsea Werner-Jatzke (MFAW ’13) gave a reading in May at Jack Straw Productions in Seattle.


Deborah Brevoort‘s new opera Embedded, inspired by Edgar Allan Poe stories was presented in May at the Ft. Worth’s Opera’s Frontiers Festival. 

Rebecca Brown read at the Poetry Project, St. Marks, in New York on May 29 at 8 PM. 

Jan Clausen‘s article “Academic Freedom from Below: Towards an Adjunct-Centered Struggle,” co-authored with Go
ddard undergraduate program faculty member Eva Swidler, has been accepted by the Journal of Academic Freedom. The annual, peer-review publication is published by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). Clausen and Swidler presented a version of the paper at a conference entitled “Countering Contingency” earlier this spring.

Kenny Fries had excerpts from “The Memory Stone,” the opera for which he wrote the libretto, featured on a PBS Newshour piece on Houston Grand Opera creating multicultural operas.  

Bhanu Kapil had a fantastic “summit” experience and joyful reading at the East Bay Poetry Summit in California.  One of the organizers/hosts was Juliana Spahr, MFAW-Port Townsend faculty member. And, her cross-genre work, Ban, was accepted for publication by Nightboat books.

Michael Klein has written a long review of Selected Poems by Mary Ruefle, which will appear at the end of June on Los Angeles Review of Books website.  He also had work accepted by Mead, edited by Goddard alumna Laura McCullough (MFA ’95).  And, he gave readings at the New School and Bureau of General Studies Queer Division in New York City.

Richard Panek’s collaboration with Temple Grandin, The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum, debuted at #19 on the New York Times best-seller list on May 19th.

Rahna Reiko Rizzuto will be teaching a memoir master class for Hedgebrook called “Claiming Your Truth” in November at Whidbey Island (next to Port Townsend).  Also, CNN asked Reiko to write an op-ed for them when Brenda Heist, the latest runaway mom, returned.  Also in May, Reiko read with Prageeta Sharma in Boston at the American Literature Association 24th Annual Conference at the Westin Copley Place, sponsored by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies.

Paul Selig will be speaking and signing books at the Through the Veil Conference on Saturday, June 8th from 8:00-9:30 pm.  The event is held at the Hyatt Regency, 265 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA. And he will be speaking and signing books at The Quest Bookshop, 619 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA. on Friday, June 21st at 7:00 PM. Also, the translation rights to his last book, The Book of Love and Creation (pictured above), have just been sold to Italian publisher Edizioni Stazione Celeste.

Important Announcement

The Board of Directors for Goddard College have made the difficult decision to close the college at the end of the 2024 Spring term.  


Current Goddard students will have the opportunity to complete their degrees at the same tuition rate through a teach-out with like-minded institution, Prescott College. Updates and scholarship funds will be available in the coming weeks and months. Information will be posted to

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