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Visitors to the January residency will include fiction and nonfiction writer and poet, Linda Hogan; poet and nonfiction writer and Director of the International Writing Program, Christopher Merrill; poet and Senior Poetry Editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books, Gabrielle Calvocoressi; literary agent Nancy Stauffer of Nancy Stauffer Associates; poet Santee Frazier; poet Joan Kane; and creative nonfiction writer Melissa Febos. 

Faculty mentors scheduled to teach during this residency include Sherman Alexie, Ramona Ausubel, Sherwin Bitsui, Natalie Diaz, Chip Livingston, and Ken White.




January 3-4      MFA Students Arrive

January 4        Residency Begins at 3:30: Craft Talk / Brief MFA Student Orientation at Welcome Dinner / Reading

January 5        Workshops Begin / Last Day to Add/Drop (course will not appear on transcript; prorated refund)

January 7        Last Day to Withdraw from a Course (course will appear on transcript; no refund)

January 11      End of Residency

January 11-14 Online Course Evaluation

January 14      Grades due to Registrar by noon

January 15      Grades Available via Empower




Saturday, January 4 

3:30 p.m. Craft Talk: Sherman Alexie

6 p.m. Reading: Natalie Diaz & Jon Davis

Sunday, January 5

3:30 p.m. Craft Talk: Chip Livingston

6 p.m. Reading: Chris Merrill & Melissa Febos

Monday, January 6

1 p.m. Craft Workshop: Melissa Febos*

3:30 p.m. Craft Talk: Chris Merrill

6 p.m. Reading: Gabrielle Calvocoressi & Ramona Ausubel

Tuesday, January 7

1 p.m. Craft Workshop: Gabrielle Calvocoressi*

3:30 p.m. Craft Talk: Linda Hogan

6 p.m. Reading: Joan Kane & Chip Livingston

Wednesday, January 8

3:30 p.m. Craft Talk: Santee Frazier

6 p.m. Reading: Sherwin Bitsui & Ken White

Thursday, January 9

12 p.m. Lunch Meetings: Nancy Stauffer Cahoon*

3:30 p.m. Craft Talk: Ramona Ausubel

6 p.m. Reading: Linda Hogan & Santee Frazier

8:30 p.m. Student Showcase 

Friday, January 10

12 p.m. Lunch Meetings: Nancy Stauffer Cahoon*

3:30 p.m. Craft Talk: Ken White

6 p.m. Reading: Sherman Alexie

*Events marked with asterisk are optional. All other events, attendance by MFA students is required.



Visitors to the inaugural residency included N. Scott Momaday; Copper Canyon editor Michael Wiegers; Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and IAIA Professor Emeritus Arthur Sze; poet Dana Levin; IAIA faculty mentor and novelist Amanda Boyden; poets James Thomas Stevens, Luci Tapahonso, Jon Davis, and Ann Filemyr; novelist Evelina Zuni Lucero; poet/novelist Greg Glazner with his band, Professor Len & the Big Night; and Migizi Pensoneau and MFA screenwriting mentor Sterlin Harjo from the 1491s.

Faculty mentors at this residency were Sherman Alexie (shortened visit), Joseph Boyden, Eden Robinson, Natalie Diaz, Sherwin Bitsui, Melissa Febos, and Geoff Harris. 




Faculty Mentor Natalie Diaz wins the 2013 Debut-litzer Prize in Poetry

Spittin'Late Night Library, with Traci Brimhall as final judge, selected When My Brother Was an Aztec (Copper Canyon, 2013) as winner of the 2013 Debut-litzer Prize in Poetry. It’s the latest in a string of prizes and fellowships that have come Natalie’s way over the last year or so. Frankly, we’ve lost track, but we’re pretty sure she won a Lannan Literary Award in Poetry; a Lannan Residency in Marfa, Texas; the Louis Untermeyer Fellowship to Bread Loaf; a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Fellowship; the 2012 Narrative Prize from Narrative Magazine; the Pablo Neruda Prize; an American Book Award; and maybe even the Balcones Poetry Prize. 

Faculty Mentor Melissa Febos wins Prairie Schooner Creative Nonfiction AwardMelissa Febos_opt_2

Melissa Febos’s essay, “Call My Name,” which she read at the July Residency, won Prairie Schooner’s Creative Nonfiction prize. It will be published in the Spring 2014 issue of Prairie Schooner



Faculty Mentor Geoff Harris Wins 2013 Impact Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition

Geoff Harris, National Hispanic Media Coalition Television Writers’ Program Mentor, received an Impact Award for Outstanding Service and Commitment to Latino Writers. Geoff has been a Writers Program Mentor at NHMC for ten years, training many Latino writers who are now employed by shows like “NCIS” and “GRIMM.”

Faculty Mentor Joan Naviyuk Kane wins Donald Hall Prize for Poetry from the Associated Writing Programs

Joan Naviyuk KaneJoan Naviyuk Kane, Hyperboreal, University of Pittsburgh Press

“‘Arnica nods heavy-headed on the bruised slope.’ In these vivid, disturbing, and mysterious poems, written in English and Inupiaq, Joan Kane writes out of the landscape and language of the far north. Hyperboreal is situated at a threshold between cultures, between inner and outer worlds, and the poems are voiced with a ‘knife blade at the throat’s slight swell.’ Her compelling vision is earned through a language that will dislocate in order to relocate and whose tonal shifts are exact and exacting.”

                                                                                              –Judge’s Citation, Arthur Sze


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