The Mills English Bulletin will no longer be updated, as Mills College laid off the administrative staff of the English department.

Congratulations to our 2014 MFA and MA graduates!

Every week we will be posting faculty statements and photos from this year’s MFA/MA Graduation Celebration.

 

Nanor Abkarian, Thesis Director: Truong Tran

Nanor Abkarian’s thesis, Remembrance of Things Present, examines language as both a tool of communication and that of exclusion. Exploring themes of crossing borders and thresholds into the interior of country and home, she strategically structured the work as a Greek tragedy. It is imbued with a sense of loss, fragmentation and displacement of both the physical body and its consciousness. it is a work of duality moving between moments of sparsity and quietude where meaning  is rendered in the absence of words to flurries of language that shroud and hide the family narrative. All of this makes for a complex, unresolved text that is beautifully difficult to read.  It is in that difficulty that the work is most compelling and true. The nature of this text is unresolved because its identity and that of its narrator is unresolved. Nonetheless, it is a text that is entirely authentic, ambitious in its undertaking and a fully realized work of literature.

 

Matthew Elias, Thesis Director: Cornelia Nixon

Matthew Elias found his voice this year. In his thesis, “Smoke Break with Gods and Devils,” supernatural elements light up moments of near connection between the characters, who are all imaginative and often filled with yearning. Sometimes the world is coming to an end, as the moon cracks and apocalyptic creatures appear. A young man and woman share a cigarette but seem unable to share more. A man yearns for a wish-granting box made by demons but discovers after getting one that the price is secretly far higher than expected. Another man watches a girl with a limp and imagines a whole history for her, before going to find out if he was right. The delicate effects created by these pieces accumulate, story by story, and gradually become quite powerful.

Ava Rosen, Thesis Director: Julie Chen

Ava Sayaka Rosen synthesizes concepts taken from quantum physics, of wave-particle duality, as a means of expressing ideas about the perception of reality and the framing that is used to understand that reality. Her thesis work consists of a 3- act play entitled In Media Res, which presents a post-apocalyptic universe in which two characters, only identified as “me” and “you” engage in a continual conversation about the nature of experience and how reality can seem to be complete even when it is only a fragment of a much larger and unseen whole. This text will be enacted as an installation in a gallery space as part of her MFA thesis exhibition, which will be held in early 2015, and will include sound, objects and video projections, in order to immerse the viewer in her created world.

 

Franchesca White, Thesis Director: Kirsten Saxton

“The Greed of Being Oneself: Shifting Values as Survival in Silence

Franchesca’s essay adroitly uses the multiple reflecting qualities of structure and narrative self-embedding represented in the form of mise en abyme toreveal the shifting values of gender, language and economics in the 13th-century Romance Le Roman de Silence. The recent academic popularity of this text stems from the gender-bending status of its protagonist, Silence, who moves through the text variously identified as male and female.  Franchesca builds on this focus to argue that the text’s gender indeterminacy is a key component of a larger textual project to expose all underlying systems of value. The paper contends that the text plays with indeterminate gender, linguistic slippage, material “worth,” and poetic systems of measurement to demonstrate the shifting nature of all systems of value, and that text itself slyly manipulates shifting values to survive in the literary economy, representing the fluctuating systems of value we continue to re-examine, re-evaluate, and re-generate over time.

Congratulations to our 2014 MFA and MA graduates!

Every week we will be posting faculty statements and photos from this year’s MFA/MA Graduation Celebration.

 

Rex Leonowicz, Thesis Director: Stephanie Young

Rex is one of several in this class who came to Mills from the East Coast, bringing a particular influx of energy, intelligence, style. I’ve had the pleasure of working with him in multiple contexts and cannot say enough about his contributions to this program. Rex dedicates when there is no one and there is everyone to “my friends, because we are everywhere.” If I had to describe this book in one sentence I might say it’s a long brilliant love poem devoted to the political possibilities of friendship, that rejects linear time for queer temporality, simultaneous, moving in all directions, devoted to the political problems of the places where its lovers find one another: the classroom, the club, the community center. The gentrified neighborhood. But it would be impossible, to describe this book in one sentence would miss so much, all it contains and all it can’t, in lines unfolding with heart beating musical and intellectual ardor.

 

Catherine Saunders, Thesis Director: Kirsten Saxton

“The Resurrection of the Tragic Black Heroine: A Discussion of Contemporary Mistresses on Prime Time Television”

Catherine insightfully analyzes how Olivia Pope and Mary Jane Paul, from sitcoms Scandal and Being Mary Jane, represent the “return of the Black tragic heroine.” The paper examines how these roles represent blackness and femininity in contrast to mainstream fair-skinned aesthetics.  Catherine focuses on these characters’ Achilles’ heel: each show features a professionally successful, well-educated, attractive Black woman as mistress to a married father.  She shows how the “other” woman as “othered woman” maintains a historically unwavering national anxiety over black-female sexuality, and considers how the rejection and disruption of the institution of marriage by the othered other woman may also be seen as jaded and revolutionary, since marriage was traditionally exclusive to wealthy members of the majority. The paper locates these contemporary plots within historical/theoretical genealogies of black femininity, and its nuanced readings demonstrate the lack of easy solutions to these complexities of representation and hope to generate conversation rather than complacency regarding black female presence on the small-screen.

Melissa Sipin, Thesis Director: Elmaz Abinader

I have to tell you now, Melissa Sipin is never satisfied, the runner-up for the Amanda Davis Thesis Award in Fiction, the Fellowship in Narrative and Community Service, winning scholarships to Sewanee, getting published in Glimmer Train and VONA/Voices, she still strives—works toward the better story, the stronger language, the most interesting perspective. Writing stories of the Pinay based on people who populate her life and the famous Carson, California, Melissa’s people are driven by two motivators: love/sex/lust and a new geography. Whether they are vendors in Bahrain or workers in LA, the hardships come harder when you are alone and you feel like others own you. One of the most admirable perspectives in this work, Between Mercies, is her generosity toward the male characters and their messed up moralities. She gets into the deep tissues of the brain and makes us love them all.

 

Megan Susman, Thesis Director: Patricia Powell

A ravenous minotaur, a woman afraid of being trapped in someone else’s narrative and doesn’t know how she feels about forever, friends on leave from the army, angry birds, Jewish settlers keeping their homes, false prophets of protection - these are just a few of the characters running rampant throughout Megan Susman’s magical terrain.  The stories are compelling, the language precise and beautiful and whether it’s about land or the impending loss of it, the narrator leaving one country for another, the boy who is uncertain as to the safety of home, the theme of loss and foreboding is strong in this collection that is gorgeous and amusing and inventive and alive. 

Congratulations to our 2014 MFA and MA graduates!

Every week we will be posting faculty statements and photos from this year’s MFA/MA Graduation Celebration.

 

Andrew Brooks, Thesis Director: Stephen Ratcliffe

Weighing in at 198 pages, Andrew Brooks’ book initium:  a nameless tale might be a stretch for those who like what they read to arrive as sound bytes or tweets.

Its three “voices” (Actroid speaker, Actroid’s thoughts, second person interlocutor) converse in three columns running down the single scroll-like page on the gallery wall that Brooks imagines initium will someday end up on:

A figure limps across a field of stones.

     It’s me –

     Looks like me.

Dragging those feet one after the other, it makes its way through whatever haze and confusion clouds this world of ours.

                                    There’s certainly a lot of it

A LOT OF IT yes, and in its telling of the tale of the tribe that is us (as in capital 21st-century-America US) it is bound to change your life.  Better hurry up and jump aboard, Andrew Brooks’ book is about to leave the station.

Isabel Duffy, Thesis Director: Kathy Walkup

Isabel Duffy is a different kind of alchemist: she turns paper into metal. She came to Mills with a background in jewelry and poetry. While here she has demonstrated innovative skill on the letterpress and in the bindery. Her projects combine assurance and delicacy through the hands of a true maker, and her poetry strongly records that fusing of mind and the body. In the past two years I think it is fair to say that she has also become a teacher, possibly in ways that surprised her, although not us. This year the students have been devoted to her calm, clear and appropriately demanding presence in the studio. With a fellowship at Haystack last summer and a TAship at Penland this summer, Isabel continues her unparalleled mastery in the studios. Meanwhile, she and her family and fiancé are driving back to Portland tomorrow. We’ll miss you, Isabel.

 

Lindsey Engelhardt, Thesis Director: Truong Tran

Taking her cue from the world of visual art, she sets about the task of writing through the painstaking discipline of collecting. Words, images, ideas and inquiries are all carefully catalogued and framed as art through the form of poetry within a cabinet of curiosity. It serves as both a documentation and inquiry of our time. I’ve witnessed this collection grow through the course of several years from a loose box of ideas, images and trinkets into a carefully curated narrative of the poet’s consciousness.  She has constructed a text that insists upon the simultaneous experience of looking, listening, seeing and reading into a dioramic world. Unlike the diorama however, this world is full of complications and is ever evolving. Upon engagement with the poems, a single question is asked time and time again of both the reader and the writer. What does it mean to be human this changing environment?

 

Rhonda Rogers, Thesis Director: Kirsten Saxton

"She’s Every Woman: Why Mick Kelly and Carson McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter Still Matter”

Rhonda’s paper persuasively insists on the importance of this too often ignored novel and writer and argues for their recognition and proper placement in both popular and academic circles.  In clear eyed prose, Rhonda mounts a compelling call for the critical re-examination and re-centering of the book and of Mick Kelly, the novel’s bright and talented 12 year-old tomboy whose coming of age McCullers presents through Mick’s first prom party, first sexual experience, and initial entry into the labor market.  The paper demonstrates that the pushing of the novel to the margins of cultural inquiry reflects Mick’s marginalization.  The essay’s often-dazzling close readings illuminate how Mick’s desires and her capacities are limited by the violence enacted by poverty and sexism.  Her project’s appeal for critical reconsideration highlights the book’s literary merit and its value for demonstrating the formidable challenges still faced by ambitious, intelligent, impoverished girls today, more than seventy years after its publication.

Congratulations to our 2014 MFA and MA graduates!

Every week we will be posting faculty statements and photos from this year’s MFA/MA Graduation Celebration.

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Kendyll Dittman, Thesis Director: Julie Chen

Kendyll Dittman is an artist and writer whose work explores the processes of degradation and repair and the ideas of making, unmaking and remaking. In her artist’s book work she distills these processes down to their essential steps, stopping along the way to ask such important questions as this one from her thesis statement: “what is an original state of a thing, especially if that state was never seen, known or witnessed by those who are restoring that thing and thus trying to get it back to that original state?” Kendyll’s work explores the poetics of the relationship of a thing to all of its parts, and by extension the relationship of things and people to the world around them.

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Freddy Gutierrez, Thesis Director: Stephanie Young

In his collection Papi’s Rift, Freddy Gutierrez sings of stories as hard as they come to tell, softly. Sung through a multitude of registers, car radio turned to the oldies station, body tuned to the rhythm of work, stories of fathers and grandfathers, sharp dressers, strong, and silent. Papi’s Riftis a riff on loss that opens outward from the missing father at the center of this book to the ongoing, everyday trauma of patriarchy, the prison system, national borders, alienation from self and others—precisely the conditions where his work as a community organizer and educator seeks to intervene. In his writing, language repeats and skips just like the past, in all its disastrous beauty, in order to sing a new future into being. He sings for himself and always others. With mothers, sisters, and brothers. Sings the song of a new daughter, and the dream of doing it all differently: gender, fatherhood, love, the world.

Nicola Miner, Thesis Director: Kirsten Saxton

“’This Rude and Strange Production’: Building Epistemologies in Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights

This groundbreaking essay argues that Wuthering Heights engages with the epistemologies of the Romantic poets and 19th-century realistic fiction to produce a novel that itself proposes and enacts novel theory.  Since its 1847 publication, critics have focused on the incoherence of Bronte’s novelarguing over contradictions in plot, characters, moral framework, genre and structure. Nicola takes on this critical history to contend that, in Wuthering Heights, Bronte formally demonstrates how the novel’s particular contribution to literature is its ability to represent a diffuse communal experience and to produce generative, reparative meaning through interpretation within a communal space. Through elegant, original close readings, Nicola shows that Wuthering Heights actively engages with the nature and purpose of storytelling—particularly its ability to represent “truth” or “reality”—and that Bronte represents the novel as the most robust space for linguistic representation—open to dialogue and flexible enough to contain multiple narratives, modes, and literary forms.

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Jennifer Williams, Thesis Director: Micheline Marcom

Jenny Williams’ thesis, The Roof on Sunday, follows the lives of ten year old Rachel and her brother Jimmy after they are deposited by their parents at their uncle’s home in rural Washington. The writing is lyrical and urgent, written in the present tense, as it seeks, through the eyes and perspective of a young girl, to come to terms with the abandonment of parents, a new home with a sometimes reticent uncle, a brother who is daily growing more distant as he moves into full adolescence, and young Rachel trying to understand it all: her own urges, sometimes violent and raw, the changing of her body, the longing for love and care that rests somewhere in the midst of the many scenes and stories. It is a beautifully accomplished piece, the voice drives it, searing and affecting; the language particular and the rhythm lulls. Jenny was this year’s winner of the prize in fiction.

Congratulations to our 2014 MFA and MA graduates!

Every week we will be posting faculty statements and photos from this year’s MFA/MA Graduation Celebration.

Faith Hale, Thesis Director: Kathy Walkup

Having Faith Hale here has been like a gift to the Book Art Program. Her consistently positive outlook and her dedication and love for her chosen fields have spread through the studios like an unavoidable whirlwind, one that brings nothing but energy and promise in its wake. She has combined her love for lists, for documentation, for libraries and for poetry in written and visual work that explores the persistence of domestic tropes. She brought a deep knowledge of binding and conservation to the program, and has shared that knowledge through her extraordinary work and patience with our beginning students as a TA. In her spare time she has created the Book Art Weekly, a combination of information, encouragement and the best kind of cheerleading. Faith, whatever you decide to do next, I know you will do it with grace, ebullience, optimism and an unstoppable talent.

Margaret Karr, Thesis Director: Kirsten Saxton

“John Ashbery and Frank O’Hara: Painterly Gesture and Poetic Truth” 

Maggie’s paper innovatively explores how the work of poets John Ashbery and Frank O’Hara merge, and thus complicate, opposite visions of 1950s America—consumer culture and the counterculture—to pose the question: what happens when the avant-garde becomes a mainstream preoccupation? The paper examines how Ashbery’s and O’Hara’s collaborative, interdisciplinary poetic impulses refuse easy categorical oppositions—aesthetic, material, or social, and argues that it is through the contacts forged between categories (high and low culture, hipsters and suits, black and white), that these artists stumble upon what the paper provocatively terms, “poetic truth.” Maggie contends it was Ashbery’s and O’Hare’s refusal of the critical trend to define disciplinary aesthetic categories of visual art and poetry as excusive that enlivened their work and that it is through the process itself of exploring cultural intersections underpinning their work that O’Hara and Ashbery confront “poetic truth,” for both the poet and the reader.

 

Margaret Miller, Thesis Director: Patricia Powell

Margaret Miller is a writer’s writer.  She loves language, loves how words sound and look on the page, and will spend hours poring over each line, tweaking it again and again until the prose is like razor.  She has a story to tell, but that’s just one small part, she has a pure vision, and doesn’t always follow the conventional mold.  Her novel, The Geography of Half of Our Lies is about a young girl who cannot bear the devastation of losing her grandfather who dies suddenly of a heart attack.  Unable to part ways with this man who has raised her since childhood, she escapes with his ashes at the funeral creating pandemonium in her wake. Rich and engaging and full of humor, Geography of Half Our Lives is a gorgeous meditation on bodies, how we live inside them, how we move through the world with them, how others try to control them, how we resist, and how we preserve them. 

Unique Robinson, Thesis Director: Elmaz Abinader

Unique Robinson landed on Mills like a 757—they came in flamboyant, loud, smart, and in charge, but as soon as they sat down in class, laid out their writing, offered their ideas and interpretations, the jig was up. Under the ball cap and jacket are the pushed together brows, the thinking, the calculating and the testifying. And then the writing, In the thesis, Four Wings & A Prayer: A Chocolate City Churn, Unique’s poems lay down the maps of family history full of loving grandmothers and difficult uncles, their own growth, the pushing of the body and against the characters of the neighborhood. That same neighborhood in the aging old lady of Baltimore—losing its body parts and its people, shifting culture and violating legacies. Shifts, not only in the terrain, but also in the culture of the poems, first narrative and later percussive, getting louder and louder to the finale in Oakland. Where Unique is uni mical, mc, dude and poet strong.

Breaking Code: The Intersections of Queerness and Madness

Featuring Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (MFA Prose ‘09):

June 9
Breaking Code: The Intersections of Queerness and Madness
Exhibit Reception: 6pm-7pm
Performance: 7pm
San Francisco LGBT Center, $12 - $20, No One Turned Away 
The visual arts exhibit will be up from June 2nd - July 18th.

Many of our communities have not yet embraced candid conversation about mental health. On June 9th, 2014 seventeen Queer and Trans artists based in Ohio, North Carolina, Massachusetts, New York and the San Francisco Bay Area will come together to claim the ways madness informs, complicates, and sweetens our lives. 

For many, speaking about mental health is yet another coming out process. Breaking Code showcases visual and performing artists exploring the ways ‘Queer’ and ‘Crazy’ have been forced together and forced apart. Together we use the tools of reclamation and subversion, that many of us develop as we come to a queer identity, to rethink our relationship to mental health.

In this space of intersection we’ll explore the differences in how we are assigned and how we experience madness and queerness. With power and vulnerability, we continue the legacy of resisting shame by claiming our wholeness. 

*PERFORMING ARTISTS*

The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins

Meliza Bañales

Dirty D

Kentucky Fried Woman

Renee Garcia

Nicole Goodwin

Manish V.

A Thimble of Light

Mister Ri Molnar

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha 

*VISUAL ARTISTS*

LOSTBOY

Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes

Micah Bazant

Catherine Edgerton

Jos Truitt

Becka Shertzer

*CURATORS*

Blyth Barnow

E. Oscar Maynard

Join us! 
You can purchase tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/670103*

*Accessibility*

Wheelchair Accessible. 

ASL Interpretation Confirmed. ASL RSVP required by June 2nd: breakingcode2014@gmail.com

In order to make the space accessible for community members with chemical injury, please refrain from using fragranced products (here are some tips on being fragrance free! http://eastbaymeditation.org/accessibility/PDF/How-to-Be-Fragrance-Free-.pdf). Fragrance free seating available.”

East Bay Poetry Summit Fundraiser Rummage Sale

Featuring Gossimer aka Jennifer Williams (MFA Prose ‘14):

"Sunday, June 8, 2014 12pm-10pm

E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore

410 13th St., Oakland, California 94612

We are raising money for EBPS with an all day event that includes: a rummage sale; bike wash; tarot readings and an exciting evening event!

12p.m.-6p.m. Rummage Sale, Bike Wash and Tarot Readings by the magical Z Darr Tuck!

7:00pm-10pm will be a fun evening event!

Featured performers:

Gossimer: gossimer.bandcamp.com
Kern Haug of A White Hunter: kernhaug.com
and DJ All Day: mixcloud.com/recordfamous

* WE NEED YOUR DONATIONS FOR RUMMAGE SALE! Bring us your stuff, your clothes, sell your chapbooks, small appliances, housewares…you get the idea! 

if you would like to donate items to the rummage sale you can drop items off (please nothing too big) at E.M. Wolfman, Wed. June 4th-Fri. June 6th during store hours 11-7. 

*WE NEED VOLUNTEER BIKE WASHERS!
sign up for a slot in the comment thread! We need 2-4 volunteers per slot.
12pm-2pm
2pm-4pm
4pm-6pm

All proceeds will go to THE EAST BAY POETRY SUMMIT!”

Congratulations to Maya Chinchilla (MFA Poetry ‘10), whose first book of poetry, The Cha Cha Files, was published by Kórima Press!

Guillermo Gomez-Pena Performs

From La Pocha Nostra:

"Performance provocateur Guillermo Gómez-Peña returns to the legendary Modern Times Bookstore in the heart of the Mission District to test brand-new performance texts & re-stage some of his classic pieces. This one-night-only event is part of the Mission bohemia’s ongoing efforts to support our cultural institutions in a time in which our city is undergoing a new form of relentless techno-colonization. Don’t miss it!

Saturday, June 14th, 8PM
Modern Times Bookstore Collective, 2919 24th Street
Event is free and open to the public
(415)282-9246

(Photo by Jen Cohen)”

Live at 851: Kate Durbin, Tim Toaster Henderson, Kate Robinson, Mark Cronin

Mills alum Kate Robinson (MFA Book Art and Creative Writing ‘13) reads:

"Saturday, June 7, 8:00pm

849 Haight Street, San Francisco
Come celebrate Kate Durbin’s new book, E! Entertainment, with friends Tim Toatser Henderson, Kate Robinson, and Mark Cronin. 

Kate Durbin is a Los Angeles, California based writer and visual artist. She is the author of several books of fiction and poetry including E! Entertainment, ABRA, The Ravenous Audience, and five chapbooks. Durbin’s work primarily centers around popular culture, gender, and digital media. You may read more about her on Wikipedia. 

Tim Toaster Henderson has a posse. They bring the noise. 

Kate Robinson is not a poet. She lives in Oakland, CA where she co-curates the Manifest Reading and Workshop Series, makes intermedia artists’ books as Manifest Press, and manipulates words and letters into unrecognizable shifting symbols.

Mark Cronin has worked as a busboy, construction adhesive bottler/shipper, aspiring dad, devout Christian fiancée, sandwich artist, the Chic-Fil-A cow mascot and bookseller. He is currently a dishwasher in Berkley where he hopes to either find a second job and/or a wife.

Please bring candles the squat has no power
Bike parking available inside the building
Condoms not provided”

Futurepoem at Studio One!

Mills English faculty David Buuck and alum Samantha Giles (MFA Poetry ‘08) read at Studio One:

"Please join us on Friday, June 6 @ 7:30 p.m. for a collaboration with Futurepoem, featuring 

David Buuck, Samantha Giles, 
Frances Richard and Ronaldo Wilson
365 45th St in Oakland
Admission is FREE.
Beverages and snacks will be served.
+ Come early for food trucks on the Studio One Lawn, presented by Bites Off Broadway
And special thanks to our emcee, Robert Andrew Perez!
We look forward to seeing you on June 6!
Futurepoem is a New York City based publishing collaborative that focuses on innovative literature. We just published our 20th book. Our books are available through Small Press Distribution in Berkeley and we just launched a press subscription program this year. Please visit us atwww.futurepoem.com to learn more.
David Buuck is a writer who lives in Oakland, CA. He is the founder of BARGE, the Bay Area Research Group in Enviro-aesthetics, and co-founder and editor of Tripwire, a journal of poetics. An Army of Lovers, co-written with Juliana Spahr, is just out from City Lights, and SITE CITE CITY will be published by Futurepoem in 2014.
Samantha Giles grew up in an industrial section of Santa Monica, California and currently lives in the flatlands of Oakland, CA. She is the author of hurdis addo (Displaced Press, 2011) and deadfalls and snares (Futurepoem, 2014). Since 2009, she has been the Director of Small Press Traffic.
Frances Richard is the author of Anarch. (Futurepoem, 2012), The Phonemes (Les Figues Press, 2012) and See Through (Four Way Books, 2003). She writes frequently about contemporary art and is co-author, with Jeffrey Kastner and Sina Najafi, of Odd Lots: Revisiting Gordon Matta-Clark’s “Fake Estates” (Cabinet Books, 2005). Currently she teaches at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.
Ronaldo V. Wilson, PhD is the author of Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man (University of Pittsburgh, 2008), winner of the 2007 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, and Poems of the Black Object (Futurepoem Books, 2009), winner of the Thom Gunn Award and the Asian American Literary Award in Poetry in 2010. Co-founder of the Black Took Collective, Wilson is also an Assistant Professor of Poetry, Fiction and Literature in the Literature Department of the University of California, Santa Cruz. His latest books: Farther Traveler: Poetry, Prose, Other, is forthcoming from Counterpath Press and Lucy 72 will be released by 1913 Press.  He was a 2013 Artist in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts, and the 2014 Artist in Residence at the Center for Art and Thought (CA+T).”

Eli Brown (MFA Prose ‘03) reads at Book Passage on June 3, 6pm. 1 Ferry Building, SF.

Submit: 2014 Gazing Grain Press Inclusive Feminist Chapbook Contest

From Gazing Grain:

"Great news, folks: we’re remaining open for chapbook submissions for the 2014 Gazing Grain Press Inclusive Feminist Chapbook Contest for one more week! Thanks to all who have already submitted manuscripts–we’re honored that you’ve sent us your work, and we’re enjoying reading your amazing submissions.

However, if you haven’t had a chance to submit yet (we know, it’s that time of year), you still can!

Contest Judge: Dawn Lundy Martin

Genres accepted: Poetry and Hybrid

Reading Period: March 15—June 8, 2014

Length: 15-25 page manuscripts (not including front and back matter)

Submit your work using Submittable.

You can find full details about this year’s contest, including info on our 2014 discounted submissions fees, here at our Guidelines page.

The winner of our contest receives 10% of the print run in contributor copies as well as a special featured book launch event at the 2014 Fall for the Book literary festival, including free lodging and travel within the continental United States.  Finalists for our contests are often published in our Gazing Grain Press Miniature Series, a collection of handmade, beautiful book objects.

With recent write-ups in The Writer’s Chronicle and Poets and Writers, we get a lot of good attention for the work we–and YOU–do.  We’re excited for more of you to join the Gazing Grain family, and we can’t wait to share your work!”

A short story by Melissa Sipin (MFA Prose ‘14) was published in Pank Magazine!