Oct 16, 2007, 9:16 AM
Post #26 of 76
"As well" seems to signify that people should give equal weight to your friend's description, but I'll bite.
Re: [Junior Maas] Best Poetry MFA & MA Programs
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Among the amazing alumni from the program, as well as people who are still here (so people can judge the work for themselves):
Dorothea Lasky (First book, AWE, just came out from Wave)
Carson Cistulli (First book, SOME COMMON WEAKNESSES ILLUSTRATED, from Casa Grande)
Elizabeth Hughey (1st book, SUNDAY HOUSES THE SUNDAY HOUSE, won last year's Iowa prize)
Laura Soloman (2nd book just out from Ugly Duckling)
Lisa Olstein (2nd book forthcoming from Copper Canyon)
Michael Earl Craig (2nd book, YES, MASTER, out on Fence)
Christian Hawkey (2nd book, CITIZEN OF, from Wave)
Matthew Zapruder (2nd book, THE PAJAMAIST, from Copper Canyon)
Andrew Roberts (GIVE UP, a chapbook, just out from Tarpaulin Sky, also just won this year's PSA chapbook competition)
Natalie Lyalin (see some poems here: http://versemag.blogspot.com/2007/02/new-two-poems-by-natalie-lyalin.html)
Suyenne Juliette Lee (recent chapbook from Octopus)
Eric Baus (1st book, THE TO SOUND, out on Verse)
Dan Chelotti (THE EIGHTS won last year's PSA chapbook competition, you can also read selections from it here: http://bostonreview.net/BR31.1/sampler.html)
Noah Eli Gordan (God knows how many books he's put out at this point. I think he's into imaginary numbers.)
Seth Landman (http://www.glitterponymag.com/archives/issue-one/poetry/seth-landman/Voyager.html)
Lyndsey Cohen (http://www.glitterponymag.com/archives/issue-one/poetry/lyndsey-cohen/July-1972.html)
Seth Parker (http://www.glitterponymag.com/poetry/Seth-Parker/)
Christopher DeWeese (check out the new HAT)
This list is far from comprehensive.
We are luckly enough to have not only Jim and Peter Gizzi teaching here, but Dara Wier, who is reinventing the very idea of what workshop can mean, be, and do. It's electrifying.
We have the Visiting Writers Series (Tomaz Salamun, Alice Notley, George Saunders, Lydia Davis, Graham Foust, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Anthony McCann), the jubilat/Jones series (Matthew Rohrer, Loren Goodman, Deborah Digges, Evie Shockley, Cathy Park Hong, Keith & Rosmarie Waldrop), Live Lit (where current students read their often incredible work), not to mention the countless non-Program-affiliated readings in the area.
We have incredible local bookstores. (Troubador & Amherst Books are especially notable.)
We have the annual Juniper Literary Festival, which last year brought first-book poets Amanda Nadelberg, Eugene Ostashevsky, Tao Lin, Tony Tost, Sabrina Orah Mark, Timothy Donnelly & many others into the area for readings and discussions all over town.
Among the students, the readers, the faculty, the aesthetic diversity and vitality that brew here would be difficult to exaggerate.
Then there are (to use your phrase) the journals and presses: Slope, Wave, jubilat, the Massachusetts Review, Skein, Glitterpony, the Chuckwagon. Some are long-established, while others have sprung up from the student body. Fertile student body!
There are teaching opportunities, internships w/ many of the above-named organizations & projects, any number of independent study groups pursuing reading lists both esoteric and canonical.
Perhaps when your friend says Jim smokes in class he means that at break he steps outside for a cigarette, where he is often joined by students who may continue to talk about poems? What a nightmare!
I mean seriously, avoid this "top" program.
(This post was edited by heatherchristle on Oct 16, 2007, 11:21 AM)