Stonecoast at #AWP15

Are your bags packed? Have you gotten dizzy looking at the conference schedule yet? We are just days away from the 2015 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Annual Conference in Minneapolis and the Stonecoast MFA Program will be there!

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AWP 2013: Stonecoast Celebrates 10 Years

 by Elizabeth Searle

“An exciting event for anyone interested in literature.”  This is how star Stonecoast alum Erin Underwood describes Stonecoast’s upcoming Boston Public Library reading at the 2013 AWP Writer’s Conference.  Erin’s words also serve as a fitting description of the Association of Writers & Writing Conferences (AWP) event itself, an epic conference in which more than 10,000 writers, readers, and publishers converge to celebrate and discuss literature as well as share new works and ideas, all while mixing and mingling.

At this year’s AWP gathering, Stonecoast MFA will play a prominent role.  As one of the event’s sponsoring programs, Stonecoast and its faculty, alums, and students will be out in full force. A complete listing of Stonecoaster activities is available on the Stonecoast website.  Check the official AWP schedule for countless appearances and signings by Stonecoast writers.

For a quick overview, here are three events Stonecoast friends and followers will not want to miss.

  • bPL Reading-1-1At the legendary Boston Public Library on Thursday, March 7th from 6:00–8:00 pm, the Stonecoast Community Reading will feature brief readings by a dynamic combination of Stonecoast faculty (Jeanne Marie Beaumont, Jaed Coffin, Aaron Hamburger, Suzanne Strempek Shea, and Sholeh Wolpe), alums who have recently published books (Anthony D’Aries, Lexa Hillyer, Sandra McDonald, and Thomas McDonald), plus one current student (poetry and performance star, Lady Zen).

“We’re looking forward to seeing all of our community members and friends there,” says Erin Underwood, who helped put together the event, which is open to the public. Continue reading

Angels Are Knocking at the Tavern Door: How the Poet Became a Golem

“broken cup” by Joanna Bourne via Flickr

“broken cup” by Joanna Bourne via Flickr

By Tony Barnstone

In my dream I am in a bar where people are drinking micro brews beneath the great horns of a mounted moose head.  Now everyone turns to look at the door.  There are angels out there, knocking.

One of them comes in and places a strange cup on the mahogany bar.  It looks like he’s sculpted it out of mud. He asks the bartender to fill it full of wine, and the bartender doesn’t argue.  You don’t argue with angels.

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