Category: MFA

Back to Basics

October 16, 2019  |  Fiction, MFA, Writing

I was seven, I think. I had lined up several dolls at the end of my bed and was attempting to show them how to do long subtraction. They were an unruly class, constantly pushing each other down, never remembering to raise their hands. Usually, when my back was turned to the board the class […]

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Accessing Reality

October 4, 2019  |  MFA, Poetry, Writing

A Masters in the Fine Arts is not a one-way ticket to an illustrious career path of lucrative success. No one is of the illusion that we write for the money. For most of us, we write because we have to. We have no other choice but to write. It is a pressing need.  Though […]

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Welcome Back!

October 4, 2019  |  Community, Faculty, MFA

Welcome back to the blog! After a good full month of getting back into step with the Creative Writing dance here at CSU, it’s time to start broadcasting the voices of the incredible folks that make up our MFA program. So much is going on in the halls of Eddy: manuscripts are being passed around, […]

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November 9, 2016  |  Fiction, MFA, Writing

    With fall break on the horizon and my first semester of graduate school readying itself to be tucked in I can’t help but do that looking-back-thing and wonder if I’ve best used these past weeks. If I’ve stretched myself enough, leaned in and learned from my initial discomforts, been a thorough and generous […]

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Living Social

September 11, 2013  |  Community, Fiction, Fort Collins, MFA, Uncategorized, Writing

The best thing about being in a writing program is being around other people who understand the writing condition. I think Leslee Becker told me that once, or something like it. And it’s true, I think, that coming to Fort Collins for graduate school has afforded me the wonderful opportunity to be comfortable with the […]

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Shapeshift: An Annotation

April 24, 2013  |  Annotations, MFA, Poetry, Uncategorized

Bitsui, Sherwin.  Shapeshift.  Tuscon: University of Arizona Press, 2003.  Print. I came back to Shapeshift in an elementally coincidental kind of way; I first had a copy bought for me by a professor of (post)colonial lit, Vermonja Alston, at a reading Bitsui gave, when I was a poor undergrad.  Somewhere I gave it away or […]

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A Charm for Sleep: An Annotation

April 8, 2013  |  Annotations, MFA, Poetry, Publishing, Writing

Rehm, Pam. “A Charm for Sleep.” Small Works. Chicago: Flood Editions, 2005. What I admire in this poem (which pertains, really, to Small Works as a whole, as well as to The Larger Nature) is the poet’s sense of surety, her feeling of calm, a tone or bearing carefully measured out to ultimately form a […]

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