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April Reading Postponed

Apr. 9, 2019—Please note: the Beth Bachmann and Kate Daniels reading has been postponed until Fall 2019.

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Save the Dates: Readings in the 2018 to 2019 Academic Year

Jun. 19, 2018—All readings at 7pm unless otherwise noted. Exact rooms/locations TBA Sign up for the mailing list for the most up-to-date information. *The Beth Bachmann and Kate Daniels reading has been postponed until Fall 2019  

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April 20: Graduating MFA Student Reading

Apr. 20, 2018—7:00 p.m., April 20, Buttrick Hall 101 Join us for a reading by five members of the MFA class of 2018. Poets: Stephanie Davis, Cydnee Devereaux, and Sophia Stid. Fiction writers: Carla Diaz and Alina Grabowski. Sponsored by the Department of English

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Save the Dates: Readings in the 2017 to 2018 Academic Year

Aug. 19, 2017—      Gertrude & Harold S. Vanderbilt Visiting Writers Series Vanderbilt Creative Writing Program All readings at 7 pm unless otherwise indicated   FALL 2017 September 14: Kevin Brockmeier, fiction October 19: Kirstin Valdez Quade, fiction November 9: Camille Dungy, poetry November 14: Molly McCully Brown, poetry SPRING 2018 January 25: Joy Castro, nonfiction January 30: Daniel Alarcón...

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Mark Jarman has published a new collection of poetry, The Heronry

Mar. 1, 2017—Poet Mark Jarman has published a new book, The Heronry, with Sarabande Books, described by the publisher as “a collection which presents a series of spiritual encounters in the form of praise poems, lyric portraiture, and meditations on faith and belief.” Jarman is Centennial Professor of English at Vanderbilt.

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Undergrads Yeatts-Lonske and Davis scoop up 2 of 10 places in Bucknell Seminar

Mar. 1, 2017—Congratulations to senior Creative Writing major Ariana Yeatts-Lonske and senior English major Marissa Davis, whose work earned each of them a position at this summer’s Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets, a highly competitive three-week conference for “the twelve most stellar and distinctive undergraduate poets . . . from around the United States”! For an article...

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Gertrude & Harold S. Vanderbilt Visiting Writers Series Spring 2017

Jan. 12, 2017—*All readings are held at 7 pm unless otherwise noted. Ann Patchett: January 26, 2017, Community Room, 1st Floor Central Library Randall Kenan, Vanderbilt Faculty: February 16, 2017, Buttrick Hall 102 Mark Jarman: February 23, 2017, Buttrick Hall 102 Gary Shteyngart: March 2, 2017, The First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt Richard Blanco: March 15, 2017,...

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What makes the Vanderbilt program distinctive

Mar. 3, 2016—Matt Baker, who received his MFA in 2012, has written about his experience as a student in the program in “An Embarrassment of Riches,” published in Vanderbilt Magazine. Baker’s novel, If You Find This (Little Brown, 2015), was nominated for a 2016 Edgar Award and was named a Booklist Top Ten Debut in 2015. A founding...

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About the Undergraduate Concentration

Sep. 11, 2010—Program II of the English Major and Minor Undergraduates may concentrate on developing their creative writing skills while they also acquire a general appreciation of English literature.   The Major Majoring in English with a concentration on Creative Writing requires a total of 30 hours of study including: 1.  12 credit hours of 3000-level creative writing workshops...

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About the MFA Program

Sep. 6, 2010—A three-year course of study The M.F.A. at Vanderbilt is a three-year program requiring four semesters of graduate work in writing workshops and seminars. Students enroll in a workshop and two seminars during each of their first three semesters. Then during the final semester, they work intensively on a creative thesis. The thesis is a...

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