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NEOMFA to Host Jamaal May

This event has been postponed until the Spring.

The Northeast Ohio Master in Fine Arts program will host a three day workshop by poet Jamaal May from Monday, September 15th through Wednesday, September 17th.

The workshops take place 10am to 1pm daily in Student Union Meeting Room 323 on the University of Akron campus. Lunch is provided for all participants.

A salon session takes place Tuesday, September 16th, 6 pm in Student Union Room 335.

An evening reading takes place Wednesday, September 17th, 7 pm, in Student Union Room 312.

Currently enrolled NEOMFA students should submit a three-page writing sample of poetry along with a 250-word statement on why the workshop would be useful for the student’s current goals. Preference will be given to those concentrating in poetry. Applications must be emailed as a single attachment (.doc, .pdf, or .rtf) to Professor Mary Biddinger ( no later than Friday September 5th for consideration. This is a non-credit workshop limited to twelve students. All attendees must also be able to attend the Wednesday evening reading and are encouraged to attend the Tuesday salon session.

Jamaal May is a poet, editor, and educator from Detroit, MI where he taught poetry in public schools and worked as a freelance audio engineer and touring performer. He is the author of Hum (Alice James Books, Nov 2013), winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award, and two poetry chapbooks (The God Engine and The Whetting of Teeth). His poems have been published widely in journals such as POETRY, Ploughshares, The Believer, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, and New England Review. Honors include the 2011-13 Stadler Fellowship from The Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University, the 2013 Indiana Review Poetry Prize, and scholarships and fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Cave Canem and Callaloo. In addition to being a finalist at several national and international poetry slams, he is a three-time Rustbelt Regional Slam champion and has been a member of six national poetry slam teams, including five from Detroit and one NYC LouderARTS team. A graduate of Warren Wilson’s MFA program for writers, Jamaal has served as Associate Editor of West Branch and is currently the series editor, graphic designer and filmmaker for the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook and Video Series. He teaches in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program.

NEOMFA New Student Orientation

Fall 2014 Orientation

Saturday August 23rd 10 a.m. – 2 p. m.

Parker Hannifin Hall 104, CSU

9:30: Continental breakfast and socializing for students & faculty

10:15: Welcome and opening remarks

10:30: New student information (All current students and alumni welcome)

• Introductions

• Handbooks

• Frequently asked questions

11:30: Informative session for all students

• Program updates

• Presentations: Juniper, NEOMFA Playwrights Festival, Guest Artists, Big Big Mess, Brews and Prose

AWP Conference in Minneapolis, April 8 – 11

• Other upcoming events

12:00-12:45: Lunch

12:45 – 1:30: Break-Out sessions by genre

1:30 – 2pm: Q & A with faculty and students


Parking – As this is a Saturday there may be free parking available along Prospect Avenue, E 22nd St and Chester Ave. (if you don’t mind a short walk). Parking is also available in the Trinity Commons lot (entrance off Prospect Ave, $5, pay for token in Trinity lobby) and in the CSU Prospect Garage (usually more expensive than Trinity lot).