SAIC Writing Program: MFA and BFA in Writing

SAIC Writing Program: MFA and BFA in Writing SAIC MFAW & BFAW We value writing as art. We encourage the tracking of your own interests from a diversity of established and vanguard tools. Modeled on studio art training, we offer a fresh alternative to the other workshop-driven writing programs.

One-on-one graduate projects with stellar faculty are evaluated and scheduled as courses at the core of our curriculum, rather than left to fractured office hours. We enjoy one of the most transdisciplinary writing programs in the world. We are internationally esteemed as one of the oldest, "most influential," and the largest museum campus in the US. We cross freely between playwriting/screenwriti

One-on-one graduate projects with stellar faculty are evaluated and scheduled as courses at the core of our curriculum, rather than left to fractured office hours. We enjoy one of the most transdisciplinary writing programs in the world. We are internationally esteemed as one of the oldest, "most influential," and the largest museum campus in the US. We cross freely between playwriting/screenwriti

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Brad Gallagher's (BFAW '19) short story "Fat Lab" was published in Entropy Magazine as part of a series called "The Bird...
07/12/2021
The Birds: Fat Lab

Brad Gallagher's (BFAW '19) short story "Fat Lab" was published in Entropy Magazine as part of a series called "The Birds."

The story started in Writing Program faculty member James McManus's class, which encouraged him to go in a realist-fiction direction. Brad is now in his 3rd year at the Intermedia Art, Writing, and Performance program at UC Boulder, doing all sorts of things (https://jbgallag.myportfolio.com/work).

Congratulations, Brad!

I pull to a stop behind a railroad tie near the main office of Avian Sutter. A middle-aged woman crouching by a pile of logs stands to face me. She wears a redd

Nathan Hoks' third book of poems, Nests in Air, is coming out this July from Black Ocean!On June 20, 2021, Nathan will b...
06/11/2021

Nathan Hoks' third book of poems, Nests in Air, is coming out this July from Black Ocean!

On June 20, 2021, Nathan will be reading from the book, along with Carrie Olivia Adams, Hedgie Choi, and Zachary Schomburgother, in a virtual reading through the legendary City Lights Books. RIP Ferlinghetti! To register for the reading, follow this link: http://www.citylights.com/info/?fa=event&event_id=3814

The book is available for pre-order directly from the publisher (https://www.blackocean.org/catalog1/nests-in-air), or via IndieBound, or Amazon, or Powell’s, or really wherever…. If you’re in Chicago, Roscoe Books will have it.

Nathan Hoks' third book of poems, Nests in Air, is coming out this July from Black Ocean!

On June 20, 2021, Nathan will be reading from the book, along with Carrie Olivia Adams, Hedgie Choi, and Zachary Schomburgother, in a virtual reading through the legendary City Lights Books. RIP Ferlinghetti! To register for the reading, follow this link: http://www.citylights.com/info/?fa=event&event_id=3814

The book is available for pre-order directly from the publisher (https://www.blackocean.org/catalog1/nests-in-air), or via IndieBound, or Amazon, or Powell’s, or really wherever…. If you’re in Chicago, Roscoe Books will have it.

The IMPACT Performance Festival will be presented virtually on Saturday, April 17 and Sunday, April 18. The IMPACT Perfo...
04/12/2021

The IMPACT Performance Festival will be presented virtually on Saturday, April 17 and Sunday, April 18. The IMPACT Performance Festival showcases performance work by 8 MFA and BFA students, who are completing their degrees in the SAIC class of 2021. The virtual festival is free and open to the public.

For program information, to access the live broadcast of each program, and to register for official Zoom watch parties visit: https://sites.saic.edu/gradshow2021/impact/

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Laura Does Not Cry for the Glass Menagerie, or: PFFD (Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency)

Sunday, April 18 – 1:00pm – 2:45pm CST
by MFAW student Benjamin Paplham

Performed by: Alex Gruber, Ben Kim Paplham, Cheyenne Andrus, and Sylvia Bowersox
Laura Does Not Cry… is a poetic memory, performed using details of Ben Kim Paplham’s personal experience of disability and borrowed details of Laura Wingfield from Tennessee Williams’ play The Glass Menagerie.

Performance Series Exhibit B Rethinks the Literary Reading Model.Founded by alums J. Howard Rosier (MFAW 2018), Alex Sha...
03/26/2021

Performance Series Exhibit B Rethinks the Literary Reading Model.

Founded by alums J. Howard Rosier (MFAW 2018), Alex Shapiro (MFAW 2017), James Stewart (MFAW 2018), and Ian Wojcikiewicz (MFAW 2018), the interdisciplinary reading series Exhibit B pushes artists to develop new ways to bring their work into the world. “We don’t want to tell people what to do,” shared Rosier. “We just want to create a space for people to express themselves.”

Read more here: https://www.saic.edu/news/performance-series-exhibit-b-rethinks-literary-reading-model

Performance Series Exhibit B Rethinks the Literary Reading Model.

Founded by alums J. Howard Rosier (MFAW 2018), Alex Shapiro (MFAW 2017), James Stewart (MFAW 2018), and Ian Wojcikiewicz (MFAW 2018), the interdisciplinary reading series Exhibit B pushes artists to develop new ways to bring their work into the world. “We don’t want to tell people what to do,” shared Rosier. “We just want to create a space for people to express themselves.”

Read more here: https://www.saic.edu/news/performance-series-exhibit-b-rethinks-literary-reading-model

The 2021 issue of Mouth magazine is online! Mouth is a student-run literature magazine out of the SAIC Undergraduate Wri...
03/18/2021
Home | Mouth Mag

The 2021 issue of Mouth magazine is online!

Mouth is a student-run literature magazine out of the SAIC Undergraduate Writing Program.

Check them out on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mouthlitmag/

GIVE ME LIBERTYTranscript: Text in order from top to bottom, left to right. Title Text: GIVE ME LIBERTY Image of Asian woman with covered face: Left...

Stop by the windows of the Co-Prosperity Sphere to see Knobl Hearts, a solo exhibition by Casey Carsel (MFAW '19). An op...
11/16/2020
Knobl Hearts — Co-Prosperity

Stop by the windows of the Co-Prosperity Sphere to see Knobl Hearts, a solo exhibition by Casey Carsel (MFAW '19).

An opening event will be held on November 18 from 12:30–4:00 p.m. Join us on the sidewalk outside the Co-Prosperity Sphere windows and down the street at Kimski, where a garlic-themed Community Kitchen meal will be available to take home.

Show dates: November 17, 2020 – January 15, 2021
Artist talk: December 17, 6pm CST on Twitch.TV/lumpenradio

Casey Carsel November 17, 2020–January 15, 2021 Opening event: November 18, 12.30–4.00 Join us on the sidewalk outside the Co-Prosperity Sphere windows and down the street at Kimski , where a garlic-themed Community Kitchen meal will be available to take home. Social distancing will be stri

Casey Carsel (MFAW '19) is seeking submissions for Issue 03 of Plates, an experimental journal.  Plates welcomes proposa...
10/09/2020

Casey Carsel (MFAW '19) is seeking submissions for Issue 03 of Plates, an experimental journal.

Plates welcomes proposals for essays, interviews, reviews, maps, love letters, recipes, literary works, and page-based installations*. Work that exists exclusively in the digital realm is also warmly welcomed for online-only publication.

For its third issue, Plates seeks submissions that explore personal and collective bodies of water, including but not limited to lakes, oceans, human bodies, puddles, and water tanks.

Contribute now: https://platesjournal.com/contribute

Chekwube DanladiCave Canem Poetry Prize Virtual Reading Friday, Oct. 2A virtual reading co-hosted by Cave Canem to celeb...
09/15/2020

Chekwube Danladi
Cave Canem Poetry Prize Virtual Reading
Friday, Oct. 2

A virtual reading co-hosted by Cave Canem to celebrate the 2019 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, with Writing Program faculty member Chekwube Danladi (prizewinner), Nicholas Goodly (runner-up), and Evie Shockley (judge).

The reading is free and open to the public, though registration is required. Please register here: https://nyu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAkdOCsqzojGdFg9dh8sluUMzmAQf_Ui4kX

Bookseller (Indiebound) link: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780820358109

Flowing Forward: Virtual Panel DiscussionTuesday, July 21st 10am CTThe panel will include Sonia Cheng, wen yau, and Jenn...
07/21/2020

Flowing Forward: Virtual Panel Discussion
Tuesday, July 21st 10am CT
The panel will include Sonia Cheng, wen yau, and Jennifer Dorothy Lee, three arts professionals/activists that are invested in sharing their perspectives on the connection between art and activism, and is to be held on YouTube live.

All information can be found: http://sites.saic.edu/sugs/flowing-forward/
Facebook invite:https://www.facebook.com/events/315395459633203

The University of Wisconsin Press and the UW-Madison Program in Creative Writing are excited to announce that National B...
07/16/2020

The University of Wisconsin Press and the UW-Madison Program in Creative Writing are excited to announce that National Book Award Finalist Carmen Giménez Smith will judge this year’s Brittingham & Felix Pollak Prizes in Poetry.

This year’s submission deadline is Tuesday, September 15.

ENTER TEXTResidency program for writers, researchers & text-based artistsDecember 2020 in Hämeenkyrö, FinlandApplication...
07/14/2020

ENTER TEXT
Residency program for writers, researchers & text-based artists
December 2020 in Hämeenkyrö, Finland
Application deadline: 13th of August
Read more & apply online: www.arteles.org

The Guild Literary Complex has opened submissions for the 27th annual Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Awards.The deadline to s...
07/14/2020
GBOMA | Guild Literary Complex

The Guild Literary Complex has opened submissions for the 27th annual Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Awards.

The deadline to submit is 11:59 PM on August 7th.

Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Awards The Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Awards (GBOMA) is an annual poetry competition founded by Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) and open to all Illinois residents over the age of 18. The top contestants selected by guest judges from the poetry community are invited to perform t...

Re•Abandoned Practices InstituteRemotely from Chicago 2020July 27 – August 14This 3-week summer intensive online course ...
07/06/2020
Re.Abandoned Practices goes online

Re•Abandoned Practices Institute

Remotely from Chicago 2020
July 27 – August 14

This 3-week summer intensive online course constructs itself as a weave of practices of performance, writing, installation, and documentation, with projects in varying degrees of individual and collaborative engagement.

This 3-week summer intensive online course constructs itself as a weave of practices of performance, writing, installation, and documentation, with projects in varying degrees of individual and collaborative engagement.

Through a generous grant from the University of Chicago, Amélie Ng Pavel is starting Chicago's very own Asian Writers Wo...
06/30/2020

Through a generous grant from the University of Chicago, Amélie Ng Pavel is starting Chicago's very own Asian Writers Workshop (CAWW), with workshops in fiction and poetry. If accepted, you will be part of the inaugural cohort of writers.

The workshops will run for 5 weeks, from mid July to August. Each workshop will last no longer than 1hr30min. At the end of the session, pieces will be compiled and published in a magazine.

The application is due July 15, 2020.

Apply here: https://forms.gle/d6gGLY5wXafx58Gg6

Brooklyn-based Radix Media, a worker-owned, independent press and print shop is currently accepting submissions to the d...
06/24/2020
Radix Media Own Voices Chapbook Prize

Brooklyn-based Radix Media, a worker-owned, independent press and print shop is currently accepting submissions to the debut Own Voices Chapbook Prize from emerging poets of color who are yet to publish a full length manuscript. Guest Judge Aria Aber, author of Hard Damage (University of Nebraska Press, 2019) and 2020 Whiting Award recipient, will pick two winners who will receive $500, publication of their chapbooks in a print run of 250 copies, and 25 author copies. These chapbooks will be printed with specialty letterpress covers. This award is open to poets of color currently living in North America.

Given the current circumstances, and upon the recommendation of our Guest Judge, the deadline has been extended to July 01, 11:59 PM. We hope to receive submissions from the talented writers of color in your program. Information on how to submit can be found through this link:

The Own Voices Chapbook Prize is a contest dedicated to the discovery of two timely, urgent, and interrogative collections from debut poets of color.

The Chicago Poetry Center is hiring a part-time programs manager.The Chicago Poetry Center’s mission is to connect peopl...
06/18/2020
Hiring Call: Programs Director - The Chicago Poetry Center

The Chicago Poetry Center is hiring a part-time programs manager.

The Chicago Poetry Center’s mission is to connect people with poetry, equitably engage poets with communities, and foster creativity and literacy in schools. They do this work through education programming across Chicago, public poetry events, and special projects and online resources.

Applications will be accepted through July 8, 2020.

PROGRAMS MANAGER CHICAGO POETRY CENTER Mission The Chicago Poetry Center’s mission is to connect people with poetry, equitably engage poets with communities, and foster creativity and literacy in schools. We …

Submit a proposal for the fourth annual RISE (Reaching Inclusivity for Student Excellence) conference hosted by Eastern ...
06/17/2020

Submit a proposal for the fourth annual RISE (Reaching Inclusivity for Student Excellence) conference hosted by Eastern Illinois University, which will occur virtually on Friday, October 16, 2020.

They are accepting any number of formats for sessions, all aimed at enhancing and increasing equity practices at our institutions.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to September 4, 2020.

Taleamor Park, located on a scenic farm 60 miles east of Chicago, offers residencies of six weeks up to one year for wri...
06/17/2020

Taleamor Park, located on a scenic farm 60 miles east of Chicago, offers residencies of six weeks up to one year for writers and artists in all media.

Taleamor Park especially encourages residents who will respond to its unique location for place-related writing, plant growing and care, meditative walking, and creative solitude (possibly with a friend or partner).

There is a downloadable application form, and applications for the residency are accepted as long as places are open. For maximum consideration, early application is advised.

http://www.taleamorpark.org/application2

05/13/2020
BFA Writing Program Reading

The BFA in Writing Program's virtual Thesis Reading is now available to view on SAIC's YouTube channel.

Watch and celebrate these students' remarkable accomplishments with us!

BFAW SENIOR THESIS READING ORDER: MAY 9, 2020 Leila Wilson, Associate Professor, Adj. Introduction Jake Fournier, Instructor Introduction KC Smith Excerpt fr...

05/13/2020

We are proud to announce that a graduating MFAW student, Jesse Stein, has been named a 2020 Luminarts Fellow in Creative Writing.

Congratulations, Jesse!

Alum E.C. Messer (MFAW 2009) has just published a short story in the May/June 2020 issue of the Saturday Evening Post. R...
05/13/2020
The Star | The Saturday Evening Post

Alum E.C. Messer (MFAW 2009) has just published a short story in the May/June 2020 issue of the Saturday Evening Post.

Read and enjoy!

Unintentionally and without his being fully aware of it, Ellert had come to represent the last gasp of a dying breed.

Join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our fabulous BFAW students at the virtual BFAW Thesis Reading on May 9!BFA...
05/08/2020
End-of-Year Events

Join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our fabulous BFAW students at the virtual BFAW Thesis Reading on May 9!

BFA Writing Program Reading video premiere:
Saturday, May 9
5:00 PM CST
https://youtu.be/xrvEhBZxbck

UPDATE: In order to keep our community as safe as possible, we have reimagined SAIC Shows. Many events are being presented in alternative formats. We will continue to update this site with the latest information for all upcoming events.

A big CONGRATS to SAIC MFAW alum, Emilio Williams on being named a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, where a sh...
04/03/2020
Chicago Dramatists

A big CONGRATS to SAIC MFAW alum, Emilio Williams on being named a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, where a showcase of his work will be shown!

https://chicagodramatists.org/

Emilio is also one of the organization's most in-demand teachers, and a true multi-genre artist.

Congrats Emilio!!

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In partnership with the Poetry Foundation, please join us for a reading with Christian Campbell, who is currently teachi...
02/20/2020
Poetry off the Shelf: Christian Campbell | Poetry Foundation

In partnership with the Poetry Foundation, please join us for a reading with Christian Campbell, who is currently teaching in our MFA program.

Experience the work of Christian Campbell, the youngest person to deliver the annual Derek Walcott Lecture for Nobel Laureate Week in St. Lucia. Campbell is the author of the widely acclaimed poetry collection Running the Dusk, winner of a Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, and a finalist for the Forward Prize for the Best First Collection and the Cave Canem Prize. Running the Dusk was translated into Spanish by Aida Bahr and published in Cuba as Correr el Crepúsculo. Campbell has received awards and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, Arvon Foundation, Fine Arts Work Center, and Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, among others.

The event will be hosted at the Poetry Foundation, 61 West Superior Street, on Tuesday, February 25th. Doors will open at 6:45pm, and the event will begin at 7:00pm. Admission is free.

Experience the work of Christian Campbell, the youngest person to deliver the annual Derek Walcott Lecture for Nobel Laureate Week in St. Lucia. Campbell is the author of the widely...

The deadline for the new CAAPP Book Prize is fast approaching!The prize, to be awarded to a first or second book by a wr...
02/09/2020

The deadline for the new CAAPP Book Prize is fast approaching!

The prize, to be awarded to a first or second book by a writer of African descent, and open to the full range of writers embodying African and African diasporic experience, includes publication by Autumn House Press in 2021 and a $3,000 prize. The book can be any genre that is, or intersects with, poetry—including poetry, hybrid work, speculative prose, and/or translation.

Terrance Hayes will judge!

Full submissions guidelines are here:https://www.autumnhouse.org/submissions/caapp-book-prize/.

The deadline is February 15th.

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