Department of English Master of Fine Arts MFA Program in Creative Writing

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Thursday, January 28 (Lawrence Sanders Writer in Residence 2016)

Tom Sleigh
Majestic Palm Room (Student Union) 7 pm

Tom Sleigh's many books include Station Zed; Army Cats, winner of the John Updike Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (AAAL); and Space Walk, winner of the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Award. Far Side of the Earth won an Academy Award from the AAAL, The Dreamhouse was a finalist for the LA Times Book Award, and The Chain was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Prize. His work appears in The New Yorker, Poetry, as well as The Best of the Best American Poetry, The Best American Travel Writing, and The Pushcart Anthology. He's received the PSA's Shelley Prize, and awards from the American Academy in Berlin, Civitella Ranieri, the Lila Wallace Fund, the Guggenheim, two NEAs, among others. He teaches at Hunter College and works as a journalist in the Middle East and Africa.


Friday, February 5 

Jay Critchley
Schmidt Center Gallery, 7 pm

Jay Critchley's visual, conceptual and performance work and environmental activism have traversed the globe, showing and/or performing in Argentina, Japan, England, Holland, Germany, Colombia and the United States. A longtime Provincetown, Cape Cod resident, he utilizes the town, landscape, harbor, beaches and dunes as his medium. He produced, wrote and directed several movies and documentaries, including: Toilet Treatments, HBO Audience Award at the Provincetown International Film Festival. His Beige Motel project involved encrusting a 1955 iconic, roadside motel in sand - "an A-frame with wings" before it was demolished. Significant awards include a special citation from the Boston Society of Architects for his visionary, environmental proposal, Martucket Eyeland Resort & Theme Park and an award from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum / Smithsonian Museum in NYC for his ecological response to Boston's Big Dig - mega highway / tunnel project: Big Twig.


Thursday, February 18 

Reginald Dwayne Betts
Majestic Palm Room (Student Union), 7 pm

Reginald Dwayne Betts is a husband and father of two young sons. In 2012, President Barack Obama appointed Betts to the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. An award-winning writer and poet, Betts’ memoir, A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison, was the recipient of the 2010 NAACP Image Award for non-fiction. In 2010 he was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship to complete The Circumference of a Prison, a work of nonfiction exploring the criminal justice system. Betts is also the author of two collections of poetry, Shahid Reads His Own Palm and Bastards of the Reagan Era. In addition to his writing, Betts is National Spokesperson for the Campaign for Youth Justice, a not for profit organization dedicating to ending the practice of sending juveniles to prison with adults.  He received a B.A. from the University of Maryland and was recently a Radcliffe Fellow to Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies.


Thursday, March 3 

David Keplinger
Ritter Art Gallery, 7 pm

David Keplinger is the author of four books,most recently The Most Natural  Thing (New Issues, 2013) as well as three books in translation from the German and the Danish. He is the recipient of the 2014 Cavafy Prize, the 1999 T.S. Eliot Award, grants from the DC Council on the Arts and the Danish Arts Council, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the 2006 Colorado Book Award, and other honors. His poetry has appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, The Iowa Review, and other magazines. Keplinger teaches at American University in Washington, D.C.

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