SAIC Writing Program: MFA and BFA in Writing

SAIC Writing Program: MFA and BFA in Writing SAIC MFAW & BFAW
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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/screenwriting, fiction, poetry, non-fiction, designed text and electives from any Art & Design area of the School. We leave room to imagine longer, wilder and more ambitious work.

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.

04/12/2020

Remember to check out Writing Program Faculty Member Krista Franklin's new book, "Too Much Midnight"!

And look out for her feature in "Poets & Writers" this week!

Congrats Krista!!

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!!

New Play Development Every Day

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.

Interested in being part of a Midwest poetry community?Poets Attack aims to weave a network of poets throughout the Midw...
02/07/2020
Poets Attack — Irvington Vinyl & Books

Interested in being part of a Midwest poetry community?

Poets Attack aims to weave a network of poets throughout the Midwest and beyond, by connecting our local poets with writers from other regions. They have hosted poets from Texas, New York, Kentucky, Illinois, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

They host a series that is just over one year old, well-attended, and has gained local traction. Unfortunately, we have yet to secure funding to pay honorariums. However, we’d be thrilled to arrange a place for participants to stay within Indianapolis, as well as create a space within our store for them to sell any books, chapbooks or zines at the event!

If you are interested in participating, feel free to forward them a sample of your work.

For more information on the event, check out our website: https://www.irvingtonvinylandbooks.com/poets-attack-reading-series

The Department of Exhibitions is happy to announce a new initiative INCUBATOR - giving a name, visibility, and hopefully...
02/01/2020
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The Department of Exhibitions is happy to announce a new initiative INCUBATOR - giving a name, visibility, and hopefully greater accessibility for students to engage with exhibition opportunities in alternative, non-gallery spaces around campus.

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INCUBATOR gives all currently enrolled SAIC students opportunities to exhibit their work across campus in non-gallery spaces. These alternative spaces offer room to experiment and engage in exhibition-making from new and creative approaches.

In celebration of Incubator’s inaugural season, the Department of Exhibitions is hosting an Open Call for work to be shown across all Incubator-run spaces spanning Columbus, MacLean and Sharp buildings. All mediums are encouraged including: 2D/3D work, video, art & tech, performance, workshops, presentations, panel discussions, and readings.

To submit: tinyurl.com/incubator2020

Submission Deadline: Monday, Feb. 3rd

For questions, email [email protected].

Follow @saic.incubator on Instagram for updates.

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Gabriel Bump (BFAW 2014) will discuss his upcoming novel EVERYWHERE YOU DON'T BELONG with author and editor Audrey Petty...
01/28/2020
Gabriel Bump - "Everywhere You Don't Belong" - Audrey Petty | Seminary Co-op Bookstores

Gabriel Bump (BFAW 2014) will discuss his upcoming novel EVERYWHERE YOU DON'T BELONG with author and editor Audrey Petty.

Come! Hear! See! Get a signed copy!

Monday, February 17, 2020
6:00pm - 7:00pm
FREE admission

Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S. Woodlawn Ave.

RSVP through the Seminary Co-op Bookstore's event page.

Seminary Co-op Bookstore  5751 S. Woodlawn Ave. // Chicago, IL 60637773.752.4381 // [email protected]: M-F 8:30-8, Sa & Su 10-6

01/23/2020

What did you do this winter break? The Writing Program made books—loads of them. Check out these snapshots of student workspaces and work from our winter interim Artists' Books class!

Work by Kristin Mariani, Abigail McDonald-Crook, and Ola Wilk-Branas.

12/05/2019
Furrow Magazine Submission Manager

Furrow Magazine is accepting submissions! Apply by Feb. 20th!

https://furrowmagazine.submittable.com/submit

Furrow accepts unpublished poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art, and comics by undergraduate students from anywhere in the U.S. We award $100 prizes to the top submission in each genre. We publish a professional-quality, full-color journal each May and feature new work each month on our website, www.fur...

Come and see SAIC professor Judd Morrissey and SAIC alum Daniel Borzutsky next Tuesday, the 19th!
11/12/2019

Come and see SAIC professor Judd Morrissey and SAIC alum Daniel Borzutsky next Tuesday, the 19th!

Come see COMFORTABLE SHOES, a work from SAIC's own Jorge Silva's company, the Neo-Futurists. COMFORTABLES SHOES is creat...
11/04/2019
Comfortable Shoes | The Neo-Futurist Theater

Come see COMFORTABLE SHOES, a work from SAIC's own Jorge Silva's company, the Neo-Futurists.

COMFORTABLES SHOES is created by ensemble member Ida Cuttler and directed by Halena Kays. The show features performances by Cuttler, and violinist Katie Klocke.

The show runs until November 16.

Thursdays are always pay-what-you-can.

For more information, check out: https://neofuturists.org/events/comfortableshoes/

Neo-Futurist Ida Cuttler premieres the full production of her rigorous storytelling of epic and exhausting proportions! Part of the Neo-Futurist ...

10/19/2019

Just a reminder to come out to Myopic Books TONIGHT to see our own Professor Elise Paschen at 7PM. She will be reading with Timothy Donnelly and Emilie Yardley Hodges

We invite you to attend a reading by Elise Paschen (a  Writing Program faculty member), Emilie Yardley-Hodges (BFAW 2015...
10/16/2019

We invite you to attend a reading by Elise Paschen (a Writing Program faculty member), Emilie Yardley-Hodges (BFAW 2015), and Timothy Donnelly.

The reading, as part of Myopic Bookstore's Poetry Series, is this Saturday at 7:00 PM. Admission is free.

See you there!

10/04/2019
Apply - Interfolio

APPLY for the Mellon Gateway Fellowship/Assistant Professor Tenure Track with emphasis in Poetry by November 30th

Brown University Department of Literary Arts seeks a poet with a strong secondary practice, such as hybrid genre, fiction, non-fiction, film/video, new media, language-driven installation, digital mediation/composition, or performance.

Qualifications: Applicants should hold an MFA or equivalent, with a career-appropriate publication record, and be able to demonstrate the potential for excellence and innovation in teaching poetry and cross-disciplinary practice.

https://apply.interfolio.com/66693

In partnership with the Poetry Foundation, please join us for a reading with poet and educator Eduardo C. Corral. He is ...
10/03/2019
Poetry off the Shelf: Eduardo C. Corral

In partnership with the Poetry Foundation, please join us for a reading with poet and educator Eduardo C. Corral. He is the author of Guillotine, forthcoming in 2020 from Graywolf Press, and Slow Lightning, winner of the 2011 Yale Series of Younger Poets. His honors include a Whiting Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Holmes National Poetry Prize, and a Hodder Fellowship. Corral teaches in the MFA program in creative writing at North Carolina State University and lives in North Carolina.

The event will be hosted at the Poetry Foundation, 61 West Superior Street, on Monday, October 7th. Doors will open at 6:45pm, and the event will begin at 7:00pm. Admission is free. There will be an ASL interpreter at this event.

Join us for a reading with poet and educator Eduardo C. Corral. He is the author of Guillotine, forthcoming in 2020 from Graywolf Press, and Slow Lightning, winner of the...

Come see current SAIC Professor Sara Levine speak with former SAIC Professor Carol Anshaw about Carol's new book "Right ...
10/02/2019
Carol Anshaw discusses RIGHT AFTER THE WEATHER | Unabridged Bookstore

Come see current SAIC Professor Sara Levine speak with former SAIC Professor Carol Anshaw about Carol's new book "Right After the Weather"
@ UNABRIDGED Bookstore on Wed, Oct. 16 @ 7PM

https://www.unabridgedbookstore.com/event/carol-anshaw-discusses-right-after-weather

We're thrilled to welcome Carol Anshaw to the shop to discuss her new novel, Right After the Weather. Carol will be joined in conversation by Sara Levine. A Q&A and book signing will follow the discussion.

REGISTER for the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing's Fall Master ClassFEATURING avery r....
10/02/2019

REGISTER for the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing's Fall Master Class
FEATURING avery r.young, Author of neckbone
DATE: Saturday, October 19, 2019, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Call for Submissions for Gumbo Magazine, a forthcoming bi-annual print publication that will be disseminated all over th...
09/23/2019
Call for Submissions — Gumbo

Call for Submissions for Gumbo Magazine, a forthcoming bi-annual print publication that will be disseminated all over the country and in select parts of the world.

They have a broad range of opportunities available to writers, poets, artists, and photographers, and all selected submissions will be compensated.

https://gumbomedia.com/callforsubmissions

Gumbo Magazine is a one-of-a-kind product and movement of Gumbo Media, a Chicago-based media company and storytelling platform that for over two years has curated content, experiences, and economic opportunities to expand the narrative of Black life, creating space for hundreds of Black creatives, p...

The Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival is now accepting entries for its 2019-2020 Fiction, Poetry, Very ...
09/11/2019
Tennessee Williams Festival 2019

The Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival is now accepting entries for its 2019-2020 Fiction, Poetry, Very Short Fiction, and One-Act Play Contests.

Emerging writers are encouraged to submit work for a chance to win generous awards, which include grand cash prizes ($500 - $1,500), a trip to New Orleans, VIP Festival passes, public readings at the 2020 Festival (March 25-29, 2020), and publication. Full guidelines for each contest are available online at www.tennesseewilliams.net. Contest deadlines are in October but early submission is encouraged.

The Curious Theatre Branch, including faculty member Beau O'Reilly and alum Jenny Magnus, will perform in a staged readi...
08/30/2019
Poetry & Drama: Murder in the Cathedral

The Curious Theatre Branch, including faculty member Beau O'Reilly and alum Jenny Magnus, will perform in a staged reading of T.S. Eliot’s 'Murder in the Cathedral' at The Poetry Foundation on September 10th and 11th. Click through for details and to reserve a ticket through Eventbrite!

See T.S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral in a newly-staged reading by Curious Theatre Branch, featuring Richard Beau O’Reilly, Jenny Magnus, Troy Martin, and Julie Williams. Murder in the Cathedral,...

07/29/2019

In the midst of summer fun, we can’t help but be excited for the Fall 2019 events at the Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine—especially for our partnership event featuring Eduardo C. Corral on October 7th!

Also of note from this brochure is the mention of The Slowdown podcast; check out this amazing opportunity to engage with poetry every weekday. The July 26 and July 29 episodes are particularly powerful and timely.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B0gkrIkD43Q/?igshid=2unhncaoye9l

From the New York Times best-selling anthologist Elise Paschen comes The Eloquent Poem, a groundbreaking collection of n...
05/16/2019
The Eloquent Poem Book Launch

From the New York Times best-selling anthologist Elise Paschen comes The Eloquent Poem, a groundbreaking collection of new poems by 128 contemporary poets. Join us for the launch of this extraordinary volume. It is organized into sections according to poetic approach—some formal, some occasional, and includes contributor stories about the inspiration behind each poem.

Thursday, May 23, 2019, 7:00 PM

Readers include Rosanna Warren, Angela Jackson, Calvin Forbes, Christina Pugh, Chris Green, Tony Trigilio, Simone Meunch, Erika T. Wurth, Valerie Wallace, Helen Spica, Sebastian Bitticks, and Phillip James Cozzi.

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/events/148443/the-eloquent-poem-book-launch

From the New York Times best-selling anthologist Elise Paschen comes The Eloquent Poem, a groundbreaking collection of new poems by 128 contemporary poets. Join us for the launch of this extraordinary volume. It is...

The Open Door series presents work from Chicago’s new and emerging poets and highlights the area’s outstanding writing p...
05/16/2019
Open Door Series: Leila A. Wilson & Rachel Jamison Webster

The Open Door series presents work from Chicago’s new and emerging poets and highlights the area’s outstanding writing programs. Each hour-long event features readings by two Chicagoland writing program instructors and two of their current or recent students. This month’s reading features Leila A. Wilson and student Megan Sungyoon, and Rachel Jamison Webster and student Ella Lombard.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 7:00 PM

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/events/148752/open-door-series-leila-a-wilson-rachel-webster

The Open Door series presents work from Chicago’s new and emerging poets and highlights the area’s outstanding writing programs. Each hour-long event features readings by two Chicagoland writing program instructors...

Come to the final readings for our graduating BFAWs and MFAWs and experience fiction, nonfiction, poetry, performance, s...
05/09/2019

Come to the final readings for our graduating BFAWs and MFAWs and experience fiction, nonfiction, poetry, performance, scripts, traditional, experimental, and hybrid works as you've never heard or seen before!

BFA Writing Program Reading: Saturday, May 11, 5-8pm, in the Nieman Center (Sharp)

MFA Writing Program Reading: Tuesday, May 14, 4:30-7:30pm, in the SAIC Ballroom (Maclean)

Free and open to the public!

Don't miss these upcoming performances by MFAW Tricia Park!MAY 9, 12pm: Tricia Park and her award-winning ensemble, the ...
05/09/2019
Solera Quartet | 98.7WFMT

Don't miss these upcoming performances by MFAW Tricia Park!

MAY 9, 12pm: Tricia Park and her award-winning ensemble, the Solera Quartet, will be featured on live radio on WFMT's Impromptu series.

MAY 9, 7pm: The Solera Quartet will appear in a special performance at the Poetry Foundation that will feature Beethoven's Op. 132 Quartet and T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets, with actor Michael Patrick Thornton (Artistic Director and Co-Founder, The Gift Theatre).

MAY 10, 4:30-6pm: The Solera Quartet will collaborate with Writing Program faculty Mark Booth in a performance at SAIC's MacLean Ballroom, as part of the Compassion and Belonging Grants.

Acclaimed by critics as “top-notch, intense, stylish, and with an abundance of flare and talent” and “one of the foremost young string quartets,” the Solera Quartet has quickly gained a reputation for their fiery musical expression, poetic sensibility, entrepreneurial acumen, and exceptional...

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