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Naomi Nye Workshop @ KAP House

Location:
Katherine Anne Porter House
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Stan Rivkin, mfinearts@txstate.edu
Naomi's workshop is only for MFA students. 
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Location:
BookPeople
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Stan Rivkin, mfinearts@txstate.edu
Texas State MFA alum Mark Barr reads from his new novel Watershed. Book signing to follow.

He has been awarded fellowships from Blue Mountain Center, I-Park Artists Enclave, Jentel Arts, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, Millay Colony, and Yaddo, and holds an M.F.A. from Texas State University. He lives with his wife and sons in Arkansas, where he develops software and bakes bread.
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Location:
Lampasas Hall
Gallery of the Common Experience
; Gallery of the Common Experience (Room 407)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Steve Wilson
Associate Chair, Department of English
sw13@txstate.edu
512.245.7680
Campus Sponsor:
Department of English, Honors College, Common Experience
Official Common Experience Event
 
As part of Texas State's 2019-2020 Common Experience theme on Truth, members of the poetry faculty will read and discuss works exploring truth from numerous perspectives:
  • Roger Jones
  • Naomi Shihab Nye
  • Cecily Parks
  • John Blair
  • Kathleen Peirce
  • Steve Wilson
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Location:
Flowers Hall, Room 230; 230
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Stan Rivkin, mfinearts@txstate.edu
Karen Russell, the Endowed Chair of the MFA Program in Creative Writing, will read from her work and answer questions. 

Karen Russell won the 2012 and the 2018 National Magazine Award for fiction, and her first novel, Swamplandia! (2011), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and one of The New York Times’ Ten Best Books of 2011. She has received a MacArthur Fellowship and a Guggenheim award and is a former fellow of the NYPL Cullman Center and the American Academy in Berlin. She graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University and received her MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, she now lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and children. She will teach her final semester as Endowed Chair during Spring 2020.
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MFA student reading

Location:
Katherine Anne Porter House
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Ben Mccormick, mccormickbenjaminj@gmail.com
Current MFA students read from their work at KAP House.
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Naomi Nye Workshop @ KAP House

Location:
Katherine Anne Porter House
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Stan, Rivkin mfinearts@txstate.edu
Naomi Nye Workshop @ KAP House. MFA students only.
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Location:
Flowers Hall San Marcos; 230
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Misti Galvan, mrg117@txstate.edu
The Body Lyric: An Interdisciplinary Reading & Craft Talk in Two Movements   ~ Of Many Rooms: Hybrid Forms with Jennifer Sperry Steinorth 
~ Dancing the Text with Dr. Kendall Klym

Jennifer Sperry Steinorth's background in dance and many years designing and constructing homes influence formal and lyric elements of her poetry.  She is an interdisciplinary artist. Her second book, which will be out in 2021, is a hybrid text, a book-length erasure that will be published in color as a facsimile of the art object.

For more about Jen, www.jennifersperrysteinorth.com…

Dr. Kendall Klym has won numerous awards for his short stories, which have been published in literary journals including Puerto del Sol, Hunger Mountain, and Fiction International. In addition to winning the Tartt First Fiction Award for Step Lightly, his collection of short stories, Klym is a three-time honorable mention winner of the Great American Fiction Contest, sponsored by The Saturday Evening Post.

For more about Kendall, kendallklym.com…
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Melissa Febos, Flowers Hall Rm. 230

Location:
Flowers Hall San Marcos
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Stan, Rivkin mfinearts@txstate.edu
Haven't seen Melissa Febos's TEDtalk? No worries. Just come by FH 230 and watch her read from her work.  


Melissa is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir  Whip Smart  and the essay collection  Abandon Me, which was named a Best Book of 2017 by  Esquire,  Book Riot,  The Cut,  Electric Literature,  The Brooklyn Rail,  Bustle,  Refinery29,  Salon,  The Rumpus   and others.  Her second essay collection  will be published by Bloomsbury in 2020. Febos is the inaugural winner of the Jeanne Córdova Nonfiction Prize from LAMBDA Literary, the 2017 recipient of The Sarah Verdone Writing Award, and her essays have won prizes from  Prairie Schooner,  Story Quarterly, and the Center for Women Writers. She is currently an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Monmouth University, where she directs the MFA program.
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Melissa Febos Master Class

Location:
Katherine Anne Porter House
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Stan, Rivkin mfinearts@txstate.edu
MFA students enjoy a Master Class with Melissa @ KAP House. 
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Melissa Febos Reading

Location:
Katherine Anne Porter House
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Stan Rivkin, mfinearts@txstate.edu
Everyone may come to this. Highly encouraged. If you missed Melissa's reading yesterday at Flowers, or if you didn't, it's still a fun reading to attend. 
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Location:
Flowers Hall San Marcos
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Amber Renee Avila, ara58@txstate.edu
The semester's third coffee drop-in. A nice pick-me-up before your evening classes, as well as a chance to unwind and chat with other students and faculty members.

Note: Open to all Grad students in English.
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Tim O'Brien Workshop @ KAP House

Location:
Katherine Anne Porter House
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Stan Rivkin, mfinearts@txstate.edu
Tim O'Brien workshop. MFA students only.
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Tim O'Brien Workshop @ KAP House

Location:
Katherine Anne Porter House
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Stan Rivkin, mfinearts@txstate.edu
Tim O'Brien Workshop. MFA students only.
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Leticia Urieta Reading

Location:
Flowers Hall 230; 250
Cost:
Free
Contact:
gmgano@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Department of English, the Center for the Study of the Southwest, and Latina/o Studies
Local author and Texas State MFA Alumna Leticia Urieta will be reading from her forthcoming chapter book, Monster. The reading is open and free to the public, and includes light refreshments. Co-sponsered by the Department of English, the Center for the Study of the Southwest, and Latina/o Studies.
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Location:
Flowers Hall San Marcos; 361
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Amber Renee Avila, ara58@txstate.edu
The semester's final coffee drop-in. A nice pick-me-up before your evening classes, as well as a chance to unwind and chat with other students and faculty members.

Note: Open to all Grad students in English.
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MFA all-program meeting

Location:
Flowers Hall; 230
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Stan Rivkin, mfinearts@txstate.edu
MFA all-faculty meeting at Flowers Hall 230
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Adrian Matejka, Flowers Hall Rm 230

Location:
Flowers Hall San Marcos
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Stan Rivkin, mfinearts@txstate.edu
Adrian reads from his work. 

Adrian is the author of  The Devil’s Garden,  which won the New York / New England Award and  Mixology,  a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series.  Mixology  was also a finalist for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature. His third collection,  The Big Smoke,  focuses on Jack Johnson, the first African American heavyweight champion of the world.  The Big Smoke  was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and  was also a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. His most recent book,  Map to the Stars, was published in 2017. Among Matejka’s other honors are the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, the Julia Peterkin Award, and a Pushcart Prize. He teaches at Indiana University in Bloomington and is Poet Laureate of Indiana.
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Adrian Matejka Master Class

Location:
Katherine Anne Porter House
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Stan Rivkin, mfinearts@txstate.edu
New year, new Master Class. MFA students get a craft class with Adrian @ KAP House.
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Adrian Matejka Reading

Location:
Katherine Anne Porter House
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Stan Rivkin, mfinearts@txstate.edu
As always, everyone is welcome to hear Adrian read from his work @ KAP House. 
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Erika L. Sánchez, Flowers Hall Rm 230

Location:
Flowers Hall San Marcos; 230
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Stan Rivkin, mfinearts@txstate.edu
Erika Sanchez reads from her work. 

Erika L. Sánchez is the daughter of Mexican immigrants. A poet, novelist, and essayist, her debut poetry collection, Lessons on Expulsion, was a finalist for the PEN America Open Book Award. Her debut young adult novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, is a New York Times Bestseller and a National Book Awards finalist. She is currently a 2017-2019 Princeton Arts Fellow, and a recent recipient of the 21st Century Award from the Chicago Public Library Foundation and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Pleiades, Copper Nickel, Vinyl Poetry, Guernica, diode, Boston Review, ESPN.com, The Paris Review, Gulf Coast, POETRY Magazine, and The New York Times Magazine.
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Erika L. Sánchez Master Class

Location:
Katherine Anne Porter House
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Stan Rivkin, mfinearts@txstate.edu
Erika Sanchez teaches a Master Class @ KAP House

(MFA students only)
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Erika L. Sánchez Reading

Location:
Katherine Anne Porter House
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Stan Rivkin, mfinearts@txstate.edu
Erika Sanchez reads from her work @ KAP House. Everyone is invited to this event. 
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AWP Conference

Cost:
Free
Contact:
Stan Rivkin, mfinearts@txstate.edu
Watch out for more information as date approaches. 
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Jericho Brown, Flowers Hall Rm 230

Location:
Flowers Hall San Marcos; 230
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Stan Rivkin, mfinearts@txstate.edu
American Book Award winner, Jericho Brown reads from his work.

Jericho Brown is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and he is the winner of the Whiting Writer's Award. Brown’s first book, Please, won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament, won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. His third collection is The Tradition. His poems have appeared in The Bennington Review, Buzzfeed, Fence, jubilat, The New Republic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, TIME Magazine, and several volumes of The Best American Poetry. He is an associate professor and the director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University.
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Jericho Brown Master Class

Location:
Katherine Anne Porter House
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Stan Rivkin, mfinearts@txstate.edu
Jericho Brown leads a Master Class @ KAP House. Y'all know it's MFA students only at this point, right?
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Jericho Brown Reading

Location:
Katherine Anne Porter House
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Stan Rivkin, mfinearts@txstate.edu
Everyone is invited to come and hear Jericho Brown read from his work @ KAP House. 
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Valeria Luiselli, Flowers Hall Rm 230

Location:
Flowers Hall San Marcos
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Stan Rivkin, mfinearts@txstate.edu
Valeria Luiselli reads from her work. All invited. 


Valeria Luiselli is the author of Faces in the Crowd, Sidewalks, Story of My Teeth, and Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions. She has been named as one of the 20 best Mexican writers under 40, and received a National Book Foundation '5 under 35' award. Her new novel, Lost Children Archives, was published by Knopf in 2019. Her works have been recognized by the National Book Critics Circle, The National Book Foundation, The New York Times, NPR, The Guardian, Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. She is based in New York City.
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Valeria Luiselli Master Class

Location:
Katherine Anne Porter House
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Stan Rivkin, mfinearts@txstate.edu
Valeria leads a Master Class @ KAP House. 

(MFA students only)
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Valeria Luiselli Reading

Location:
Katherine Anne Porter House
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Stan Rivkin, mfinearts@txstate.edu
Valeria Luiselli reads from her work @ KAP House. All invited, like yesterday. 
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Victoria Chang Residency

Cost:
Free
Contact:
Stan Rivkin, mfinearts@txstate.edu
Victoria Chang’s fourth book of poems, Barbie Chang, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2017. The Boss (McSweeney’s) won a PEN Center USA Literary Award and a California Book Award. Other books are Salvinia Molesta and Circle. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowship in 2017. In 2018, she was awarded the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award for her manuscript-in-progress, OBIT., as well as a Pushcart Prize. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches within Antioch’s MFA Program.
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