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Tonight is the Favorite Poem Reading, featuring local high school students, eminent scholars, President Tessier-Lavigne ...
03/09/2017

Tonight is the Favorite Poem Reading, featuring local high school students, eminent scholars, President Tessier-Lavigne and others reading poems by Robert Hayden, Walt Whitman, Pablo Neruda and others.

7:30 pm, Black Community Services Center, 418 Santa Teresa Street, Stanford campus

Hosted by the Mohr Visiting Poet, Robert Pinsky

Sponsored by Stanford's Creative Writing Program

Congratulations to Professor Adam Johnson and lecturer Molly Antopol who have both won Berlin Prize fellowships. https:/...
05/12/2016
Stanford writers win Berlin Prize fellowships | The Dish

Congratulations to Professor Adam Johnson and lecturer Molly Antopol who have both won Berlin Prize fellowships. https://news.stanford.edu/thedish/2016/05/11/stanford-writers-win-berlin-prize-fellowships/

Two members of the creative writing faculty, ADAM JOHNSON and MOLLY ANTOPOL, were among the 23 scholars, writers and artists to have been awarded Berlin Prize fellowships for 2016-17 by the American Academy in Berlin. Johnson is the Phil and Penny Knight Professor in Creative Writing; Antopol is a J...

Congratulations to Prof. Elizabeth Tallent who has been named a finalist for the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for...
03/16/2016
Stanford English professor named finalist for PEN/Faulkner Award | The Dish

Congratulations to Prof. Elizabeth Tallent who has been named a finalist for the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for her story collection, Mendocino Fire! http://news.stanford.edu/thedish/2016/03/15/stanford-english-professor-named-finalist-for-penfaulkner-fiction-award/

Stanford Creative Writing professor ELIZABETH TALLENT has been named a finalist for the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Tallent earned the nomination for her latest short story collection, Mendocino Fire. The PEN/Faulkner Award is one of the highest honors available to American fiction writers.…

09/30/2015
Event List « Stanford Creative Writing Program

TONIGHT -- reading with Ron Carlson at 6:30pm in the Terrace Room, Margaret Jacks Hall!

Bio: Ron Carlson’s newest novel is Return to Oakpine. His short stories have appeared in Esquire, Harpers, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and other journals, as well as The Best American Short Stories, The O’Henry Prize Series, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, The Norton Anthology of Short Ficti…

09/28/2015
Event List « Stanford Creative Writing Program

Join us for a reading with Ron Carlson on Wednesday, September 30th at 6:30pm in the Terrace Room on the 4th floor of Margaret Jacks Hall (Bldg. 460).

Bio: Ron Carlson’s newest novel is Return to Oakpine. His short stories have appeared in Esquire, Harpers, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and other journals, as well as The Best American Short Stories, The O’Henry Prize Series, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, The Norton Anthology of Short Ficti…

Prof. Tobias Wolff received the National Medal of Arts last night from President Obama:http://news.stanford.edu/thedish/...
09/11/2015
Obama awards Stanford’s Tobias Wolff a National Medal of Arts | The Dish

Prof. Tobias Wolff received the National Medal of Arts last night from President Obama:

http://news.stanford.edu/thedish/2015/09/10/obama-awards-stanfords-tobias-wolff-a-national-medal-of-arts/

TOBIAS WOLFF, professor emeritus of English, has been awarded a National Medal of Arts for his contributions as an author and educator. President BARACK OBAMA presented Wolff and fellow honorees with the medals – the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the federal government – during…

05/06/2015

Join us for a reading with Stegner Fellows Brian Tierney and Jackie Thomas-Kennedy, TONIGHT at 6:30pm in the Terrace Room (Bldg. 460 4th floor).

Mark your calendars for a reading with Geoff Dyer, Wednesday, May 13th at 6:30pm!
05/05/2015

Mark your calendars for a reading with Geoff Dyer, Wednesday, May 13th at 6:30pm!

"Thanks" by Yusef Komunyakaa, selected by Stegner Fellow Casey Thayer!
04/09/2015
Yusef Komunyakaa: Thanks @ The Internet Poetry Archive

"Thanks" by Yusef Komunyakaa, selected by Stegner Fellow Casey Thayer!

with the kind assistance of Dykki Settle, Chris Colomb, Max Leach,Kelly Jo Garner, clark mccabe, David McConville, Donald Sizemore, Marisa Brickman, and Mark McCarthy.

"What I Will Tell His Daughter …" by Meg Day, selected by Lecturer Keith Ekiss!
04/08/2015
“What I Will Tell His Daughter …” by Meg Day | Rattle: Poetry for the 21st Century

"What I Will Tell His Daughter …" by Meg Day, selected by Lecturer Keith Ekiss!

“What I Will Tell His Daughter …” by Meg Day March 12, 2014 Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser. Meg Day WHAT I WILL TELL HIS DAUGHTER, WHEN SHE’S OLD ENOUG…

"Terror of the Back Eighty Acres," by Stegner Fellow Casey Thayer!
04/07/2015
Terror of the Back Eighty Acres

"Terror of the Back Eighty Acres," by Stegner Fellow Casey Thayer!

He grew tame // and hunted the dreams of farm kids—every tree scratch / on the window were his nails, every pregnant farm girl // was knocked up with the devil's seed and spiderbabies.

"Stafford Loan" by Jeremy Schmidt, selected by Stegner Fellow Allison Davis!
04/06/2015
* subverting expectations via jeremy schmidt

"Stafford Loan" by Jeremy Schmidt, selected by Stegner Fellow Allison Davis!

Been talking a lot with my students about expectations, of ways of subverting them and surprising the reader, especially through titles. The poem below is a good example. When I first read Jeremy S...

04/06/2015
Holes in the Mountain

"Holes in the Mountain," a poetry film by Jones Lecturer Kai Carlson-Wee!

Holes in the Mountain is a poetry film by Kai Carlson-Wee, shot during a freight hopping trip with Kai and his brother from Oakland to Portland, summer 2014. Through…

New York Times review of Crow Fair, by Thomas McGuane, who will be giving the spring Lane Lecture on April 27th at 8pm i...
04/06/2015
Thomas McGuane’s ‘Crow Fair’

New York Times review of Crow Fair, by Thomas McGuane, who will be giving the spring Lane Lecture on April 27th at 8pm in the Bechtel Conference Center!

Thomas McGuane’s story collection, his first in nine years, returns to the untamed spaces of his native Montana.

Poem-A-Day continues with prose poems by Jones Lecturer Keith Ekiss!
04/04/2015
Separate City: Prose Poems | Journal

Poem-A-Day continues with prose poems by Jones Lecturer Keith Ekiss!

Table of Contents Front Matter David H. Lynn Editor’s Notes Fiction Adam Stumacher Refuge Nick White The Exaggerations Rachel Swearingen The Only Thing Missing Was the Howling of Wolves Chris Offutt Deck Mark Jacobs Snow Beers Emily Anderson Calliope Nonfiction Aaron Gilbreath This Is Elizabeth Arno…

April is National Poetry Month, and we'll be posting a poem a day selected by our lecturers and Stegner Fellows! Here's ...
04/02/2015
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April is National Poetry Month, and we'll be posting a poem a day selected by our lecturers and Stegner Fellows!
Here's a poem by Jones Lecturer Brittany Perham.

I don't believe in beauty: my lover beside me beautiful: my father often a liar: I don't believe you: my father always I love you: father I am always saying father: you have never been here in this...

New York Times Sunday Book Review: former Jones Lecturer Kirstin Valdez Quade's new short story collection, Night at the...
04/02/2015
‘Night at the Fiestas,’ by Kirstin Valdez Quade

New York Times Sunday Book Review: former Jones Lecturer Kirstin Valdez Quade's new short story collection, Night at the Fiestas

"It is common practice, near the bottom of a review like this one, to say the undercutting thing the reviewer is too polite to say in the first paragraph. But there is nothing undercutting to say about this book, which caused me to weep so many times I failed to finish most of its stories in a single sitting. The collection reminds us, again and again, that each of us has only one life, and forces us to confront the biggest questions: Shouldn’t that one life matter, shouldn’t that life be worth remembering, shouldn’t it be worth examining, contemplating, pursuing in understanding, even though all varieties of understanding are so difficult, so time-bound, so provisional?"

Wayward souls in New Mexico seek out personal deliverance in this debut story collection.

03/31/2015

Peer advising hours for spring 2015 will be Tuesdays/Thursdays 2-4pm. Drop in to talk about classes, majors, minors, or just to get a feel for what creative writing is like! If those times don't work for you, you can also make an appointment by emailing Peer Advisor Surabhi Balachander at surab[email protected].

Follow us on Twitter for news about the department, articles about reading and writing, and updates on open classes!
03/17/2015
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Register for Prof. Eavan Boland's new online course, "Ten Premodern Poems by Women." Enrollment is free and open to all!
03/09/2015
Ten Premodern Poems by Women

Register for Prof. Eavan Boland's new online course, "Ten Premodern Poems by Women." Enrollment is free and open to all!

Professor Eavan Boland provides an introduction to poetry through the works, and the life stories, of ten women.

Special opportunities for undergraduates during Winter Quarter 2015: Levinthal Tutorials: Students design their own curr...
10/14/2014
Undergraduate – Opportunities « Stanford Creative Writing Program

Special opportunities for undergraduates during Winter Quarter 2015:

Levinthal Tutorials: Students design their own curriculum and work one-on-one with a Stegner Fellow advisor. Approximately thirty Levinthals are available, ten each in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Applications due November 3rd.

Mohr and Stein Visiting Writers: Each year, the Creative Writing Program welcomes two distinguished guests to teach a Stanford writing seminar to undergraduates; one in poetry and the other in fiction. These unique classes are kept small, limited to no more than 15 students, and they focus on a subject of the writer’s expertise and choosing. This year we welcome author Joyce Carol Oates and poet Louise Glück during Winter quarter to teach, respectively, English 190V: Reading for Writers and English 192V: The Occasions of Poetry.

To download applications and for more information, visit: http://creativewriting.stanford.edu/opportunities

Undergraduate Opportunities To stay informed about all of our opportunities, sign up for our mailing list here. Levinthal Tutorials The Levinthal Tutorials

08/26/2014

UNDERGRADS! The Course Preference Survey (i.e. the thing you absolutely must do if you want to enroll in a creative writing course this fall) ends on SEPTEMBER 5th. Make sure you list your preferences by then. Class lists will be posted by Sept. 15.

08/20/2014
Fellow, The Stanford Storytelling Project - Apply - Interfolio

Fellow, The Stanford Storytelling Project - Apply - Interfolio

Location: Closes: Stanford University is seeking a full-time Fellow for the Stanford Storytelling Project, an arts program within the Oral Communication Program, which is part of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric in the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.

07/23/2014

Rosalie Moffett, a current Wallace Stegner Fellow in the department of Creative Writing at Stanford University, has won the Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest for her poetry submissions. The winning pieces will appear in the Winter 2014 issue of Ploughshares, one of the nation's leading literary journals. For more information on the award and the winner, see the press release below. Please help us spread the word!

http://creativewriting.stanford.edu/awards/ploughshares-emerging-writers-contest

05/27/2014

Creative Writing Reads D. R. MacDonald

Please join the Creative Writing Program for a special evening featuring the work of D.R. MacDonald read by Creative Writing lecturers Scott Hutchins, Maria Hummel, Tom Kealey and Molly Antopol, with comments by Professor of English Ken Fields.
Date: Wednesday, 05/28/2014
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Terrace Room (4th floor, Margaret Jacks Hall)

Bio:

D. R. MacDonald is the pen name of David R. MacDonald. Born in Boularderie, Nova Scotia and raised in Ohio, he is a lecturer emeritus of creative writing at Stanford University. He still spends summers at the family homestead in Cape Breton Island, where his fiction is set. He has received two Pushcart prizes, an Ingram Merrill Award, and an O. Henry Award for his short fiction. His first novel, Cape Breton Road, became a national bestseller in Canada. His second novel, Lauchlin of the Bad Heart, was a longlisted for the Giller Prize. His latest novel, The Ice Bridge, was published in 2013 by Counterpoint.

05/15/2014

Congratulations to this year's undergraduate prize winners!

Mary Steinbeck Dekker award in fiction: "Yes" by Kim Leon

Bocock Guerard fiction prize:
1st place: "What It Means to Rush" by Natasha Weiss
2nd place: "Clouds in the Valley" by Pearson Henri
3rd place: "Glen Grove" by Lawrence Neil

Urmy Hardy poetry prize
1st place: "Cut" by Megan Mikhail
2nd place: "Elegy for a November Afternoon" by Magellan Pfluke
3rd place: "French Restaurant" by Kim McCabe

Creative Nonfiction prize
1st place: "Let Them Eat Cake" by Brittany Newell
2nd place: "Trains" by Meaghan Carley
3rd place: "Manchester Street" by Anthony So

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