MFAW-WA student Steven Dunn’s new book water & power is ready for pre-order at Tarpaulin Sky Press. See description and blurb below. This is one for the hybrid lovers. Navy veteran Steven Dunn’s second novel, water & power, plunges into military culture and engages with perceptions of heroism and terrorism. In this shifting landscape, deployments are feared, absurd bureaucracy […]
Because Yearning and Dread is the theme of our upcoming Goddard residency, I’ve been thinking lately about the role these emotions play in my own writing, and as I look back over my fiction, particularly my novels, it seems pretty clear that the yearning and dread that fuel my work revolve around my parents.
“Fiction is the art form of human yearning.” – Robert Olen Butler
“We are living in the most fearmongering time in human history.” – Barry Glassner
“I think what we need to do is to remind people that the Earth is a very dangerous place these days. That ISIS is trying to do us harm. And that the president’s commitment is to keep the country safe.” – Sean Spicer
How are you, my fellow writer? This past spring, at my annual physical exam, I was given a questionnaire I was to fill and hand to the nurse before proceeding to the doctor’s office. I have been with the same practitioners since 2009, and this was the first time they asked about my emotional well-being.
Goddard MFA Alum Alexis M. Smith wins a Lambda Literary Award for Marrow Island, a novel published by Houghton Miflin Harcourt. Alexis won in the Bisexual Fiction category. O, the Oprah Magazine, describes Marrow Island‘s story as “A faltering journalist returns to an island abandoned after an earthquake released a toxic spill. That’s the beautifully wrought setting of […]
Goddard MFA faculty member Micheline Aharonian Marcom‘s novel Three Apples Fell from Heaven will be adapted by Motorcycle Diaries writer José Rivera and directed by Shekhar Kapur. This will be the first film from Disruptive Narrative, a new social justice storytelling production which launched at Cannes as part of the Refugee Voices in Film day. Marcom says, “A […]
Goddard MFA alumna Cara Hoffman‘s latest novel, Running, is reviewed in the New York Times Book Review. In the review, Justin Torres writes, “”Hoffman impressively evokes the combination of nihilism, idealism, rootlessness, psychic and economic necessity, lust and love that might set a young person adrift. Unlike the runaway heroes of many queer narratives these characters are […]
MFAW-VT faculty member Sherri Smith‘s middle grade novel, The Toymaker’s Apprentice, won the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association Award for Middle Grade. Described as “Part Nutcracker with a dash of Pinocchio” by School Library Journal and “an inventive fantasy” by Booklist, The Toymaker’s Apprentice was published as a hardcover by Putnam and recently released in paperback by Puffin Books. Congratulations, Sherri!
“[F]emale bad characters can…act as keys to doors we need to open, and as mirrors in which we can see more than just a pretty face. They can be explorations of moral freedom — because everyone’s choices are limited, and women’s choices have been more limited than men’s, but that doesn’t mean women can’t make […]
by Kristen Ringman From the moment I arrived on campus, I felt the magic of Goddard. It wasn’t just the gorgeous woods fringing the campus. It wasn’t the music building, where the students gathered every evening and often remained until morning. It wasn’t Darla, the little dog that Program Director Paul Selig always had by […]