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Rebecca Livingston

Apr 13, 1999, 12:57 PM

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KStorm, I'm studying with April Bernard (her books of poetry are
"Blackbird Bye Bye" (Walt Whitman Award) and "Psalms") this semester.
I should also clarify one thing that I said. April has one week to
spend with my work before she sends it out, there's a couple of extra
days if you include the time it takes for the post office to deliver
the packets. It's a little hard the first time to choose which faculty
members to work with. Just because you like someone's work doesn't
mean necessarily they're a good teacher and vice versa. So the first
time is a little more like a guessing game. It gets a little easier
once you get up to the residency and get a chance to talk with other
students and meet the faculty. I now have a good idea of which faculty
I want to study with for the next three semesters. A good part of it
is what kind of teaching style you prefer. Some faculty are much more
lax than others. Some people want that space during the semester,
others want to be pushed harder. The only thing I will recommend
against doing is restricting your choices to faculty who you feel
"write like you." I've encountered people who don't want to studying
with certain faculty because they didn't write like them. Seems silly
to me. Most faculty respect and are interested in many styles of
poetry. Few faculty only want to teach dittos of themselves. Besides,
you can learn alot from those who have the greatest differences. Reb


lexy
Alexis Adams

Apr 14, 1999, 4:13 PM

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This conversation is really interesting for me to read as I'm
preparing to enter my first semester at Southampton College. I'm
planning to do the lower residency option there, which requires two
semesters of full-time study on campus, which can be completed during
the summer's six week sessions. However, I *think* I'm one of the
first lower-res students, which probably means that I'll have some
input on how things are done (and certainly means my experience will
be a bit of an experiment for the faculty!). I'm hoping to have as
reliable a rapport with my mentor as you have with yours, Rebecca. I
may just have to take notes on Bennington's methods and pass along
that info to the faculty at Southampton. I'm a little nervous, but I'm
also excited about the idea of studying at a new program the faculty
and staff of which, thus far, have demonstrated a refreshing
enthusiasm and sense of innovation and adventure. No stiff collars at
Southampton, so far as I can tell.


kstorms
Kris Kurzawa

Apr 15, 1999, 1:24 PM

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Good Morning! Alexis- tell me more about the Southhampton Program, if
you don't mind. You can do all the "semesters" during the summer? How
wonderful? What are the teachers like that you've met? Reb- your
messages continue to fill me with hope. I will be applying to
Bennington this summer for Jan. admission! I am so happy that you have
faculty members that you like working with, it sounds like you deserve
finally to be working with people who will appreciate your poetry. Do
you like working from home? Are you working too? I teach composition
at a couple of colleges right now, so I really don't need to worry
about teaching experience, per se. But I wonder how much I could
really do with a low-res program. Thanks again all for the
information! I love this group! Kstorms---Kris


lexy
Alexis Adams

Apr 15, 1999, 5:29 PM

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Kstorms, I'll know more about Southampton, of course, after my first
semester there, but today I can tell you this: The college is located
in the heart of the Hamptons, which is home, apparently, to lots of
writers and artists. So, the program has no shortage of talented
neighbors from which to draw lecturers for their Writers Lecture
Series. All manner of folk participate peripherally in the program,
including George Plimpton, Kurt Vonnegut, Peter Matthiessen, Robert
Reeves, Billy Collins, Norman Mailer and others. Permanent faculty
includes Roger Rosenblatt (I don't know him, but apparently he's a
regular on PBS' MacNeil News Hour (or is it Lehrer? I don't have a TV)
and in the pages of TIME and other mags. He teaches nonfiction; Kaylie
Jones (daughter of James Jones, the author of From Here to Eternity),
who is said to be a fine writer and teacher in her own right; poet,
Kit Hathaway; and novelist, Nahid Rachlin. Yes, you can complete both
required residencies during the summer. I'm planning to do it over two
visits, one this summer and the next during the summer of '00. I have
no idea how much access we'll actually have to the Hamptons' literati,
but I'll surely know more soon, as I leave for my first stint in just
over a month. Oh, and another thing, unlike other lower residency
programs, Southampton actually offers merit scholarships. What a
notion! I received quite a bit of help and I don't have to spend a
moment of my time teaching in exchange. Again, I don't think many
students have taken the lower res route yet, so it could be very
experimental. But my personality type rebels against too much
structure, so I think I'll like what I think will be a somewhat
loosely organized situation... I'll keep you posted.


kstorms
Kris Kurzawa

Apr 17, 1999, 12:14 PM

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Alexis: Congratulations! What a wonderful thing to win merit
scholarships! Are you excited or what? I think I'll send off for more
information from them. It sounds really neat. Are you going into
fiction, poetry or non-fiction? Thanks for the information! Kris


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Stephanie Rosenfeld

Apr 19, 1999, 12:21 AM

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Alexis -- Non-sequitur from a lurker: Kaylie Jones was my college
roommate. Tell her "hi" when you get there...


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Rebecca Livingston

Apr 19, 1999, 12:35 PM

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Kris, I'm not working right now, although most people in the program
do at least work part-time jobs. I like working from home. I tend to
work best during the night and I can make my own schedule. There are
enough deadlines (one a month) to make sure that I don't slack off for
too long. Reb


lexy
Alexis Adams

Apr 19, 1999, 6:24 PM

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Stephanie, I'll definitely give her your hello! What a wonderful
coincidence! She has a baby now, you know. And a movie based on her
novel (can't remember the title right now). I'm really looking forward
to meeting her. She was really nice when I called her for information
about the program.


lexy
Alexis Adams

Apr 19, 1999, 6:43 PM

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Kris, thanks for the congrats! I'm going for fiction, but I think I'll
end up taking quite a few non-fiction classes, too. I'll check in at
the Speakeasy during my first session at Southampton (May 25th - early
July). Hopefully, I'll have good things to tell you!


stefr
Stephanie Rosenfeld

Apr 20, 1999, 11:30 AM

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Alexis -- The movie's called "A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries" -- I
just saw it on video the other night. (It was kinda bad, but that's
not the author's fault...) Good luck at writing school!


kstorms
Kris Kurzawa

Apr 20, 1999, 12:57 PM

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Good Morning Everyone! Alexis- I can't believe you start in early
May!? That's amazing! Good luck and please, let us know all about it!
Reb- so you're a night worker, huh? I tend to find myself working in
the mornings, if I can pull myself to the computer early enough. When
do you have to head back to Bennington? ARe you excited? Have a good
day all! Kris


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Rebecca Livingston

Apr 20, 1999, 11:17 PM

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I wish I could work more in the mornings. I'm alone at home then with
few distractions. I'm trying to change my work habits and fit myself
more into my schedule. I head back to Bennington June 10. Yes, I'm
excited to head back. I can't wait to see my friends. Reb


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Michael Bigham

May 11, 1999, 11:33 PM

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I find this topic fascinating. I'll be attending my first term in
fiction at Vermont College in June and am wondering if anyone else
will be there. Any tips or input would be appreciated. I was also
accepted by Antioch and placed on the waiting list for Bennington . .
. I felt I wanted to make a choice sooner than Bennington wanted, and
Montpelier seems to have a better atmosphere for writing than LA.
Regards, Michael


rebliv
Rebecca Livingston

May 13, 1999, 4:28 PM

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Michael, I know I've said this in earlier posts, but I have a friend
at Vermont who loves it there. When I told him I was going to
Bennington, his first advice was "bring flip flops for the showers!"
:) My advice would be to attend as many lectures and readings as you
can without wearing yourself out (which is easy to do after a while).
Attend lectures and panels that deal with subjects that don't feel
deal directly with what you're doing. You might be surprised at what
you might learn. For example, during the winter residency at
Bennington, Richard Howard gave a lecture on translations. I have no
interest (at least not for now) to translate literature, but the
lecture was illuminating. I found that it helped me with some of
reading and gave me a general knowledge of the subject. The Bennington
residency starts June 10. I'm excited, but busy busy busy working on
my final packet (which includes a 10 page paper) and trying to get as
much of the reading done for the associate faculty lectures. Reb


wassir
Michael Bigham

May 13, 1999, 11:22 PM

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Reb, Thanks for the suggestions. I'll make sure to take my flipflops.
This is all very exciting for me. I'm not exactly sure what to expect,
though I went to the Iowa Summer Writing Festival last summer. I
expect it'll be similar except much more intense and with much more
going on. Let me know how Bennington goes. Thanks again. Michael


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May 14, 1999, 10:48 AM

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Also bring a hot cup with a top. You'll probably be getting less sleep
than you're used to, and something in which you can carry coffee, and
keep it warm, will be helpful. And bring samples of your own work. In
my residencies at Goddard, impromptu readings and workshops were
breaking out almost every night. dmh


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Rebecca Livingston

May 14, 1999, 12:34 PM

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Double yeah on the "bring samples of your own work." At Bennington
there's an open mike every night after dinner for the students who
aren't graduating that term. (The students who are graduating give
readings all through the week in the auditorium.) You'll probably want
to read something that you aren't workshopping. Reb


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Michael Bigham

May 14, 1999, 4:23 PM

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Ha! I think getting up in front of a group of people and reading is
something I'll have to ease into. I know I'll have to do it for
graduation, but public speaking isn't my forte . . . although I have
gotten to the point where I can read in a workshop without problems.
That is if you don't count the racket my knees make when they clank
together.


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May 14, 1999, 8:35 PM

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At Goddard, not only do they encourage students to read publicly
(aside from the graduating student readings and the impromptu readings
and workshops, there are scheduled readings for new and continuing
students at least once a day), a public reading is a graduation
requirement. If you can't make it to campus for graduation, you must
present documentation of another public reading. Besides, it's really
neat to have people come up after your reading, or at the party
afterwards (assume a party every evening, or just a bunch of people
sitting around drinking and arguing about writing, which is about the
same thing), and tell you what they loved and hated about it. (And
when they tell you what they hated, it's because they think you can
fix it, not because they think you're an idiot.) dmh


lexy
Alexis Adams

May 17, 1999, 9:56 PM

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Hey all, I make the trek day after tomorrow from Montana to New York
for my first stint at Southampton College's "lower" residency program.
Will post from there to provide some first impressions... Michael,
congratulations on Vermont! Be well, Alexis.


dwald


Jun 3, 1999, 4:30 PM

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Reading back in the postings, I only noticed one person who explicitly
said she wasn't interested in getting an MFA in order to teach. With
the glut of MFA's out there, and the small number of teaching jobs,
I'm wondering if the rest of you are similarly motivated--i.e.,
motivated to learn more about writing, not just for the purpose of
employment. Interested in all responses. Thanks.


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Michael Bigham

Jun 3, 1999, 10:36 PM

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Actually, getting an MFA for teaching is low on my list of priorities.
I'm working on the degree mostly to provide some structure in my
writing life and to get professional feedback on my craft. I recently
quit my career of 27 years to write full-time and without some sort of
structure, I'd probably spend most of my time watching trashy game
shows and the Young and Restless.


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J.L. Sommersby

Jun 17, 1999, 7:11 PM

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I am actively researching MFA programs--both 'traditional' and
low-residency, and as I scanned through previous postings, I was
surprised to hear so much about east coast offerings. Help! I'm on the
WEST coast! I am looking into San Fransisco State and several other
mainstream universities (including Eastern Washington whose program is
supposed to be quite good), but since I am just coming out of a
10-year struggle to finish my B.A., the low-residency thing sounds
cool. I'm 27, an 'independent' mom, and want to invest appropriately
(in loans, of course!). I am interested in the teaching aspect of
studying, as well as developing myself as a writer. I am starting to
discover through this whole process that the low res programs seem
more intimate, perhaps more focused on the developing writer rather
than the well-rounded curriculum. I just wanna WRITE--no more general
ed classes! UGH! I have Antioch's info, but want to hear some insight
from individuals who have tried low-residency vs. standard delivery or
perhaps info from ANYONE who knows ANYTHING about the quality of
Antioch's program. I live in L.A. and am originally from Washington
(the state) so it is difficult to know which programs are worthy.
Also--how does an individual survive without student loan $$ to
augment the living budget? Can low-res students borrow extra to pay
for living expenses, are there work-study gigs available, or is it up
to the student to figure it all out? I just want to make sure that if
I borrow more for the MFA, I will be able to use it to earn a living
after its over. (I know, that will depend on ME and my ability to put
the words on the page, right?) Thanks in advance for any and all
advice...I'll be anxiously awaiting any responses! Jenn


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Sara Garvin

Jun 18, 1999, 12:07 PM

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Hello, I've heard some wonderful things about low-residency programs.
Now I'm looking for the downside... just in the interests of a
balanced picture. Lack of funding seems to be the big one, as far as I
can tell. Anything else? Thanks! ~ Sara


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Champa Bilwakesh

Sep 27, 1999, 6:41 PM

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Hello, is anyone home? I am looking at Bennington, Goddard, Vermont
College and Warren Wilson. I am planning to attend the prospective
student open house at Vermont on Sat 9th. I am eager to start my
application. I have thought long and hard about this and now I am
ready to go for it. My concerns. What is the range of ages fo the
students? What kind os manuscripts did you submit with your
application? Is the course work exciting? are you learning anything
new and does it inspire you to write? Did you have a work in progress
when you started? How did your advisor receive it, if you did? If I
apply now I think I would not be getting in until the summer program.
Am i right? How did you spread your reading and writing during the
week? Would appreciate hearing form any of you out there. Thanks.
Champa Champa

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