Category Archives: Guest Artists

NEOMFA to Host Guest Artist Heather Christle

Poet Heather Christle will be conducting workshops with students January 29th through January 31st from 10 am to 1 pm in the Kent State University Student Center Room 302. Lunch will be provided.

A reading will take place on Wednesday January 29th at 7:30 pm in KSU Student Center Room 317.

A salon session will be held on January 31st in KSU Student Center Room 319 from 2-4 pm.

Bio: Heather Christle is the author of What Is Amazing (Wesleyan University Press, 2012), The Difficult Farm (Octopus Books, 2009), and The Trees The Trees (Octopus Books, 2011), which won the 2012 Believer Poetry Award. Her poems have appeared in publications including Boston ReviewGulf CoastThe New Yorker, and The Best American Poetry. She has taught poetry at Antioch College, Sarah Lawrence College, the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Emory University, where she was the 2009-2011 Poetry Writing Fellow. She is the Web Editor for jubilat and frequently a writer in residence at the Juniper Summer Writing Institute. A native of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, she lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

NEOMFA to Host Guest Artist Kate Greenstreet

Poet Kate Greenstreet will be conducting workshops with students October 14th through October 16th, and will read on the campus of the University of Akron with professor and poet Mary Biddinger.

The workshops will take place in the University of Akron Student Union Meeting Room 310 from 10am to 1:30pm daily. The workshops are open to students by application only.

The reading will take place in Quaker Square Ballroom C on October 16th at 7:30pm.

Bio: Kate Greenstreet’s third book Young Tambling is new from Ahsahta Press. Her previous books are case sensitive and The Last 4 Things, also with Ahsahta. Her poetry can be found in Colorado Review, Boston Review, Chicago Review, and other journals.



NEOMFA to Host Guest Artist Junot Diaz

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz will visit the campus of Cleveland State University on October 11th, 2013.

His visit includes a salon session open to NEOMFA students from 12PM-2PM in SC 313/315, as well as a reading in the Main Classroom Auditorium at 5PM. The reading will be open to the public.

Bio: Junot Díaz was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and is the author of Drown and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao which won the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, African Voices, Best American Short Stories (1996, 1997, 1999, 2000), in Pushcart Prize XXII and in The O’Henry Prize Stories 2009.

He has received a Eugene McDermott Award, a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, a Lila Acheson Wallace Readers Digest Award, the 2002 Pen/Malamud Award, the 2003 US-Japan Creative Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the fiction editor at the Boston Review and the Rudge (1948) and Nancy Allen professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

NEOMFA to Host Guest Artist Miranda July

Award-winning writer, filmmaker, actress, and performance artist Miranda July visiting November 19th and 20th.

Tuesday, November 19
8:00 pm Reading and interview with guest moderator Alissa Nutting on CSU campus, Drinko Hall (Music Building), Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, November 20
2:00 – 4:00 pm Salon session open to NEOMFA students by invitation, CSU, Parker Hannifan Room 104/105.
7:30 pm Screening of The Future with Q/A session following, Cleveland Cinematheque in University Circle. Open to the public. Admission $7 with UA, CSU, KSU or YSU I. D.
Bio: Miranda July wrote, directed and starred in her first feature-length film, Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005), which won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and four prizes at the Cannes Film Festival, including the Camera d’Or. Her most recent film is The Future (2011).  Her collection of stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You (Scribner, 2007), won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Her latest book is It Chooses You (McSweeney’s, 2011).