SDSU MFA Program Faculty Showcase including Sandra Alcosser, Blas Falconer, Matt de la Peña, and April Wilder
Wednesday, September 23rd at 7 pm via Zoom and Facebook Live
Faculty from SDSU’s MFA Program in Creative Writing will share excerpts from their latest publications and answer questions from participants.
Sandra Alcosser received two individual artist fellowships from National Endowment for the Arts, and her books of poetry, A FISH TO FEED ALL HUNGER and EXCEPT BY NATURE, received the highest honors from National Poetry Series, Academy of American Poets and Associated Writing Programs, as well as the Larry Levis Award and the William Stafford Award for Poetry. She founded and directs SDSU’s MFA each fall.
Blas Falconer is the author of Forgive the Body This Failure, The Foundling Wheel, A Question of Gravity and Light, and The Perfect Hour. Falconer’s awards include a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award from Poets & Writers, a Tennessee Individual Artist Grant, the New Delta Review Eyster Prize for Poetry, and the Barthelme Fellowship.
Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of seven young adult novels (including Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, and Superman: Dawnbreaker) and five picture books (including Love and Last Stop on Market Street). In 2016 he was awarded the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award and in 2019 he was given an honorary doctorate from UOP.
April Wilder is the author of the story collection, This is Not an Accident. She is a former James C. McCreight Fiction Fellow from the Institute for Creative Writing in Madison, WI. She is currently completing her novel, I Think About You All The Time, Starting Tomorrow.
The Laurie Okuma Memorial Reading presents, Allison Hedge Coke
Wednesday, September 30th at 7 pm via Zoom and Facebook Live
Each semester, thanks to an endowment created by her family and friends, the Laurie Okuma Memorial Reading honors the memory of SDSU alumna, Laurie Matsueda Okuma. Hedge Coke will share poems from her most recent collections, Burn and Streaming, and answer questions from participants. She is the Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California Riverside and the 2020 Dan & Maggie Inouye Distinguished Chair in Democratic Ideals University of Hawai'i Mānoa. Her other publications include, Off-Season City Pipe (labor volume, Wordcraft Writer of the Year in Poetry), Dog Road Woman (American Book Award), Blood Run (a free verse-play regarding the Indigenous mound site in Iowa and South Dakota), and Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer (a memoir).
Wednesday, October 14th at 7 pm via Zoom and Facebook Live
SDSU MA Alumna, Cris Mazza, will share selections from her forthcoming novel, Yet to Come, and answer questions from participants. Mazza is also the author of Charlatan: New & Selected Stories, Something Wrong With Her, and Various Men Who Knew Us As Girls. She has authored over a dozen other books, mostly novels and collections of short fiction. Mazza now lives in the Midwest and is a professor in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois Chicago.
Wednesday, October 28th at 7 pm via Zoom and Facebook Live
Co-Director of SDSU’s MFA Program in Creative Writing, Stephen-Paul Martin, will share his story, “The Phantom Zone”, forthcoming in Fiction International. Martin has published over twenty books of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. One of his short story collections, The Gothic Twilight, was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award in 1993. His most recent collections of fiction are The Ace of Lightning (FC2, 2017)) and Changing the Subject (Ellipsis, 2010). From 1980-1996 he co-edited Central Park, an internationally acclaimed journal of the arts & social commentary.
Authors and Editors of the essay collection, Reclaiming Our Stories 2
Wednesday, November 18th at 7 pm via Zoom and Facebook Live
Authors and Editors of Reclaiming Our Stories 2, including Khalid (Paul) Alexander, Manuel Paul Lopez, and Ebony Tyree, will share selections from the collection and discuss its impact. Reclaiming Our Stories 2 continues the tradition of a literature—beginning with the slave narrative—that counters hegemony and white supremacy. Most of the authors are first-generation college students who have all survived and continue their struggle to overcome the constant challenges of being Black, Brown, and poor in San Diego. These narratives deal with complex issues encompassing race, class, place, family, mental and physical health, gender, disability, and identity. Above all, they are stories of life, loss, and determination to thrive.
Wednesday, December 2nd at 7 pm via Zoom and Facebook Live
Poet and translator, Kazim Ali, will read from his newest collection of poetry, The Voice of Sheila Chandra, and answer questions from participants. Ali was born in the United Kingdom and has lived transnationally in the United States, Canada, India, France, and the Middle East. His books encompass multiple genres, including the volumes of poetry Inquisition, Sky Ward, winner of the Ohioana Book Award in Poetry; The Far Mosque, winner of Alice James Books’ New England/New York Award, and the cross-genre texts Bright Felon and Wind Instrument. His novels include the recently published The Secret Room: A String Quartet and among his books of essays are the hybrid memoir Silver Road: Essays, Maps & Calligraphies and Fasting for Ramadan: Notes from a Spiritual Practice. He is also an accomplished translator (of Marguerite Duras, Sohrab Sepehri, Ananda Devi, Mahmoud Chokrollahi and others) and an editor of several anthologies and books of criticism.