Student Writing featured in The Maroon

In grad school at Ole Miss, Tom Franklin had his fiction students compete in a detail contest each week. We had to bring an observation, no longer than a sentence, to class each week, and the winner received a book. The exercise taught me how much impact a specific, surprising sentence can make. Now, I have my own creative writing students at Loyola do the same exercise. This week, some of the best details from the semester are featured in the student newspaper, The Maroon.

AWP Reading

I’m reading at the Ole Miss AWP Off-site Reception and Reading hosted by MFA alumnus Ryan Bubalo. Details are below! Please join!
Thursday, February 27th, 2014
6-8:00 p.m (reading starts at 7:00)
The Academy
501 E. Pine Street, Suite 206
Seattle, WA 98122
The Academy is a gorgeous private venue a few blocks from the convention center, and our secret clubhouse for the evening. The password is “hotty toddy.”
Featured Alumni and Faculty Readers:
Kevin Fitchett lives in Oakland California, where he teaches at Berkeley City College and Oakland Military Institute. In 2012 he received his MFA from the University of Mississippi, where he also received the inaugural Elvis Meets Einstein Award. He is second in all-time scoring for Lakeland College soccer. His poetry appears in FIELD.
Anya Groner‘s essays, poems, and stories can be read in journals including Ninth Letter, The Oxford American, The Rumpus, The Georgia Review, and elsewhere.  In 2010, she received her MFA from the University of Mississippi, where she was a John and Renee Grisham fellow in fiction. Currently, she teaches writing at Loyola University in New Orleans and is at work on a novel.
Derrick Harriell is the author of poetry collections COTTON and ROPES (both Aquarius Press- Willow Books).  He works as assistant professor of English and Afro-American Studies at the University of Mississippi.
Rachel Smith grew up in Seattle and received her MFA in creative writing (fiction) from the University of Mississippi, where she held a teaching fellowship and was the recipient of the Bondurant Prize. Her writing has appeared in Brevity and been a finalist for the Copper Nickel prize in fiction. She directed the documentary film MINUSTAH Steals Goats, which was an Official Selection at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam and is forthcoming from 7th Art Releasing.
We hope to see you there!