The Rewards of Mentoring

By Jeanne Marie Beaumont

Alumni BooksRecently, a former Stonecoast mentee contacted me with welcome news. Her book was approaching its publication date, and she wanted my address so the publisher could send me a complimentary copy. Last week, I headed to a café uptown to hear another former Stonecoast mentee give a reading from her fresh-off-the-press poetry collection. I had been lucky to work with both of these talented poets on their MFA theses, which they developed into the books now moving out into the world. I confess to beaming like a proud godparent.

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Imagining Each Step

"Dingle" by Ted Deppe

“Dingle” by Ted Deppe

By Ted Deppe

When asked by the editors of the Faculty Blog to write about the origins of the Stonecoast in Ireland (SCI) program, I found myself going back a lot farther than the July 2006 residency when we first gathered in Dingle. Just as what Richard Hugo called the “true subject” of a poem or novel is often quite different from the event that triggered it, SCI may have been born the day I was kicked out of my high school creative writing class  (let’s say I had “artistic differences” with my teacher).

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Books, Bees and Balls: Beating the Tormentors

By Alexandra Oliver

Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway, by Alexandra Oliver

Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway, by Alexandra Oliver

On September 10, 2013, the Canadian press Biblioasis will be bringing out my second full-length book of poems, Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway. The title comes from a poem of the same name, in which I recall meeting, as an adult, an elementary school bully in the supermarket.

Over the past twenty years, I have run into other members of the same gang at parties, reunions, and weddings. One, whom I encountered in a university coffee bar in 2003, died last year after a terrible illness. I can’t say I was happy about it. Life had dealt her a bad hand.

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Giving Thanks to the Stonecoast Faculty Blog Readers

As writers, we have much to be thankful for this holiday season.  In fact, November is National Novel Writing Month, a month-long competition to write a 50,000-word (175 page) novel, and Stonecoasters across the country are partaking in the challenge.  Last month, the U.S. Senate passed a bill officially designating October 20th as the National Day on Writing to “draw attention to the remarkable variety of writing we engage in, and to help writers from all walks of life recognize how important writing is to their lives.”

Here at the Stonecoast Faculty Blog, we are celebrating three months of thoughtful and engaging posts from faculty, across all genres: fiction, popular fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry.  Faculty have written about topics such as judging and being judged, the writer behind the mask, the gift of rejection, the Stonecoast community during and outside of residencies, and more.

So now it’s your turn!  As readers of the Stonecoast Faculty blog, what are the topics you would like discussed?  What insights would you like to have shared from faculty?  Are there any specific questions you would like to have answered?  Do you have thoughts on the posts we’ve shared thus far and/or direction for future posts?

In the comments below, please share your thoughts and opinions about anything and everything related to the Stonecoast Faculty Blog.  We look forward to hearing from you!

And from the both of us, and all of the faculty at the Stonecoast MFA Program for Creative Writing, thank you for reading.

Stacy Thompson F/CNF ’12 and Ashley Johnson F ’12
Stonecoast Faculty Blog