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Spring 2015 Graduate Reading

The Spring 2015 Graduate Reading will take place in the Ohio Room in the Kilcawley Center at the YSU campus from 10am-2pm.

This semester’s graduates include:

CSU: Dan Cleary, Michael Credico, Monica Morgan, Jessica Smith, Susan Tenon

KSU: Natasha Rodriguez-Carroll

UA: Sarah Dravec, Jacob Euteneuer, Jaclyn Geir Klein, Nathan Kemp, Katie Mertz, Nick Reali,

YSU: Brigitta Albares, Sarah Burnett, Couri Johnson, Jay Newman, Tom Pugh, Carol Stowe

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

NEOMFA at AWP 2015

NEOMFA: Booth 1002

Cleveland State University Poetry Center: Table 447

Whiskey Island: Table 1351

Wick Poetry Center / Kent State University Press: Table 1208

University of Akron Press: Table 933

Offsite Readings

Cleveland State University Poetry Center Reading: Siwar Masannat, Broc Rossell, and Lee Upton, Friday, April 10, 2015 8:00pm 9:30pm, Instinct Art Gallery 340 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN, 55401

AWP Offsite Reading with Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, and Laurel Review Featuring Julie Carr, Mary Biddinger, J’Lyn Chapman, Matthew Cooperman, Aby Kaupang, Aaron McCollough, Andrew S. Nicholson, and more. Thursday, April 9th 7:30pm Republic – Calhoun Square 3001 Hennepin Ave Suite 2200, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408


Narrative Expectations in the Personal Essay; featuring Bruce Ballenger, Jennifer Sinor, Lad Tobin, and David Giffels


The Triple Reading

The Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts program will host Michael Garriga, Elizabeth Kadetsky, and Brad Ricca for a triple reading on Friday, March 27th, at 7pm. The reading will take place in Main Classroom 136 at the CSU campus.

Michael Garriga is the author of The Book of Duels (Milkweed Editions, 2014).  His work has been published extensively in magazines and journals, including New Letters, the Black Warrior ReviewstorySouth, and the Southern Review. He currently teaches creative writing in the English department at Baldwin Wallace University.

Elizabeth Kadetsky is the author of a memoir with Little Brown (First There Is a Mountain) and two forthcoming books of fiction: a novella (On the Island at the Center of the Center of the World, Nouvella Books), and a story collection (The Poison that Purifies You, C&R Press). She lives in New York City’s East Village and in State College, Pennsylvania, and her works in fiction, memoir, personal and lyric essay, and long form narrative journalism have been published widely.

Brad Ricca teaches classes on writing, comics, popular culture, and narrative biography at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Art. His latest book is the first literary biography of the creators of Superman, Super Boys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster – The Creators of Superman.  He is a frequent contributor to media outlets such as NPR, the BBC, and others about comics and pop culture.

NEOMFA to Host George Saunders

The Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts program will host acclaimed short story writer George Saunders at Cleveland State University, April 22 – April 23, 2015.

Wednesday, April 22nd

  • Workshop, 10am – 12pm, RT 901, CSU Campus, NEOMFA students only
  • WCPN (90.3 FM) interview 12:20; airs approximately 2pm on The Sound of Applause

Thursday, April 23rd

  • Workshop, 10am – 12pm, RT 901, CSU Campus, NEOMFA students only
  • Salon Session 3pm, PH 104, CSU campus, Open to students and faculty of CSU, KSU, UA, YSU
  • Reading/Book Signing 7pm, Drinko Hall, Music Building, CSU campus, Open to the public

MacArthur “Genius Grant” fellow George Saunders is the New York Times bestselling author of several collections of short stories, including Tenth of December, Pastoralia, and CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, as well as a collection of essays and a book for children. He teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University.


The 2015 NEOMFA Playwrights Festival

The 2015 NEOMFA Playwrights Festival at Convergence-continuum:

The first weekend, February 12 – 14 (Th, F, S) 8pm, will feature a double bill: Inside Out: The Fattening Room by Lisa Langford & The Walling Up of Wildflowers by Logan Smith.

The second weekend, February 19 – 21 (Th, F, S) 8pm, will feature The Lies We Hold by Monica Morgan.

Tickets are $5 for students; $10 for general admission.


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NEOMFA to Host Karen Russell

The Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts program will host acclaimed novelist and short story writer Karen Russell for a reading on November 5th, 2014, 7:30pm in Cleveland State University Student Center Room 311. The reading is free and open to the public.

In addition to the reading, Russell will participate in two salon sessions:

  • Salon session #1 (open to undergraduates and public) 2pm, Tuesday November 4th, location PH 104
  • Salon session #2 (NEOMFA students only) 4pm, Wednesday November 5th, location PH 104.

Karen Russell is the author of Swamplandia!, a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and two collections of short stories, Vampires in the Lemon Grove, a New York Times bestseller, and St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves. She is the recipient of a 2013 MacArthur Fellowship, and she was named one of The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40,” The National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35,” and Granta’s “Best of Young American Novelists.” She lives in New York City.

NEOMFA to Host Shara McCallum

The Northeast Ohio Master in Fine Arts program and Wick Poetry Center will host a workshop with poet Shara McCallum Wednesday, October 29th through Friday, October 31st from 10am to 1pm at the KSU campus. The workshop will take place in the Reading Room of the May Prentice House (126 Lincoln Street).  The workshop is open to current NEOMFA students.

A salon session with McCallum will take place on October 30th at 3pm at the Prentice House.

In addition, a reading will take place Wednesday, October 29th, at 7:30pm in KSU Student Center Room 306 ABC. The reading is free and open to the public.

From Jamaica, Shara McCallum is the author of The Face of Water: New and Selected Poems, This Strange Land, finalist for the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, Song of Thieves, and The Water Between Us, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize for Poetry. Recognition for her poetry includes a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress, a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, and other awards. Her work has been published in the US, UK, Caribbean, Latin America, and Israel and been translated into Spanish, French, and Romanian. She directs the Stadler Center for Poetry and teaches at Bucknell University.

NEOMFA to Host Lynda Barry and Dan Chaon

The Northeast Ohio Master in Fine Arts program will host a workshop with artist and writer Lynda Barry and writer Dan Chaon. The workshops will be held on Thursday October 23rd and Friday October 24th from 10am to 2pm in MC 103 on the CSU campus. This workshop is open to NEOMFA students working in any genre and focuses on strategies for generating ideas and discovering scene through exploration of images. All writing will be in-class.

In addition, a reading will take place Thursday October 23rd, 7:30 pm in PH 104. It is free and open to the public.

Dan Chaon is the acclaimed author of Among the Missing, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and You Remind Me of Me, which was named one of the best books of the year by The Washington PostChicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, The Christian Science Monitor, and Entertainment Weekly, among other publications. Chaon’s fiction has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories, Pushcart Prize, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. He has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award in Fiction, and he was the recipient of the 2006 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Chaon lives in Cleveland, Ohio, and teaches at Oberlin College, where he is the Pauline M. Delaney Professor of Creative Writing.

Lynda Barry has worked as a painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator and teacher and found they are very much alike. She is the inimitable creator behind the seminal comic strip that was syndicated across North America in alternative weeklies for two decades, Ernie Pook’s Comeek featuring the incomparable Marlys and Freddy, as well as the books One! Hundred! Demons!, The! Greatest! of! Marlys!, Cruddy: An Illustrated Novel, Naked Ladies! Naked Ladies! Naked Ladies!, The Good Times are Killing Me which was adapted as an off-Broadway play and won the Washington State Governor’s Award. Her bestselling and acclaimed creative writing-how to-graphic novel for Drawn & Quarterly, What It Is, won the Eisner Award for Best Reality Based Graphic Novel and R.R. Donnelly Award for highest literary achievement by a Wisconsin author. D+Q plans to publish a multivolume collection of Ernie Pook’s Comeek, Barry’s next prose novel, and the follow up and creative drawing companion to What It Is, November 2010’s Picture This: The Near-Sighted Monkey Book.

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).