BFA in Creative Writing Blog

March 2017

Goddard faculty member Arisa White a Lambda Literary Award finalist

PLAINFIELD, Vt. – Arisa White, a faculty member in Goddard’s BFA in Creative Writing Program, is a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Her collection, You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened (Augury, 2016), is one eight books nominated for the Lesbian Poetry prize. Lambda Literary, the nation’s oldest and largest literary arts organization advancing […]

October 2016

Goddard announces new PEN North American Centers partnership, scholarship

PLAINFIELD, Vt. — Goddard College is pleased to announce a new $10,000 scholarship that will provide writers from anywhere in North America with a pathway to earning an MFA in Creative Writing. The Goddard/PEN North American Centers Scholarship expands upon the Goddard/PEN Center USA Scholarship, which was awarded to Erik Rodgers, a student in Goddard […]

Fall 2016 Newsletter

In the introduction to his stunning book of essays, Known and Strange Things, Teju Cole comments on how his journalism and essay writing have allowed him to explore his passions. He says, “Through the act of writing, I was able to find out what I knew…, what I was able to know, and where the […]

September 2016

Fall 2016 Commencement Address by Arisa White

“Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.” – Cornel West Faculty member Arisa White delivered this commencement address to the Fall 2016 graduates of the Undergraduate Studies and BFA in Creative Writing programs on September 18th, 2016. Thank you to the graduating class for inviting me to be your commencement speaker. […]

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 […]