Nothing to Declare: Flash Fiction Sequences

Reading by and discussion from contributors to Nothing to Declare: Flash Fiction Sequences: Nin Andrews, F. Daniel Rzicznek, Kathleen McGookey, Lucas Southworth, Molly Fuller, and Christopher Citro.

Where: Kent State University, Room TBA

When: Wednesday, October 5th, 5:30 pm

Nothing to Declare: Flash Fiction Sequences (White Pine Press/Marie Alexander Series, 2016) is the first anthology of this emerging hybrid form. Part prose poetry, micro fiction, or flash fiction, and often a collage of more than one, the flash fiction sequences laces together various stand alone pieces of writing into related larger works.

This event is co-sponsored by the NEOMFA and the Wick Poetry Center.

Spring 2016 Graduate Reading

The Spring 2016 Graduate Reading will take place in the Room 310 in the Student Center at the KSU campus at 5:30pm.

This semester’s graduates include:

CSU: Lisa Langford, Logan Smith, Amber Taliancich Allen, Brett Zelman

KSU: Jack Boyle, Dawn Christine Hackett, Karly Milvet

UA: Rebecca Ligon, Jamie Thompson, Andrew Wehmann

YSU: Samuel Amazing, Anne Leigh Garwig

NEOMFA Visiting Writer Mary Ruefle Radio Segment

When Mary Ruefle came to Cleveland State University as part of the NEOMFA Visiting Writer Series, she stopped into the station of 90.3 for an interview with Dee Perry. A recording of her radio segment can be found on the ideastream website.

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.