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The University of Arizona- CREATIVE WRITING MFA PROGRAM

      THE UNIVESITY OF ARIZONA CREATIVE WRITING MFA PROGRAM

      Ringed by mountains in the lush Sonoran desert, The University of Arizona gives writer an opportunity to develop their craft in the company of other writers.  Our two-year residency program offers workshops, craft seminars, and interdiscuplinary studies, culminating in the producton of a creative thesis supervised by one or more of our permanent faculty.  In addition to courses in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, we offer special topics classes in the novel and screen writing, as well as community-based internships in Tucson. 

      Faculty

      Jason Brown

      Alison Hawthorne Deming

     Elizabeth Evans

      Robert Houston

      Fenton Johnson

      Jane Miller

      Ander Monson

      Manuel Munoz

     Steve Orlen

      C. E. Poverman

      Aurelie Sheehan

      Program

      The MFA degree is comprised of thirty-six units (eleven classes and the supervised completion of a creative thesis) and four semesters residence in the program.  Requirements are distributed as follows:

      .  Four writing workshops in your genre. 

      .  Two creative writing craft seminars.  Recent topics include:

        .  The Next Poetry Narrative

        .  The Book Review: The shaping of Contemporary American Fiction

        .  The Essay Is Dead: Long Live the Essay

        .  Literatures of Science

        .  On Moral Fiction

        .  The Memoir as Literature 

      .  Five electives (may include additional craft seminars, English courses, courses from other departments, or internships) 

      .  One manuscript independent study. 

      WIP

      Works-in-Progress Reading Series.  Graduate students read their work in a biweekly downtown program. 

      LOOK BOOK

      Annual literary journal of the current year’s graduates sent to literary agents and editors. 

      UA PROSE SERIES

      Readings and discussions.  Recent visitors include John D’Agata, Francine Prose, George Saunders, and Rebecca Solnit. 

      SALON SERIES

      Informal gatherings of students, faculty and guests to discuss the art and business of writing. 

      THE WRITER AS CITIZEN

      Internships in arts, science, and education at Biosphere 2, the Center of Biological Diversity, Voices: Community Stories Past and Present, the Poetry Center, and other venues. 

      POETRY CENTER

      Graduate classes take place at the University of Arizona Poetry Center.  Our partner and affilate institution, the Poetry Center is an internationally renowned poetry library with 60,000 items including books, journals, recordings, photographs, and broadsides.  The Poetry Center is also the sponsor of an acclaimed reading series and a variety of educational and outreach programs.  Internships available for MFA students in arts adminstration, library science, and education. 

      SONORA REVIEW

      The Sonora Review is a nationally distributed biannual literary journal publishing prose and poetry from both established and emerging writers.  Founded in 1980, it is the oldest student-run literary journal in the country and offers excellent opportunities for students to acquire and home editorial skills. 

      Alumni

      Writers who have graduated from the University of Arizona MFA program have published hundreds of books, over fifty in the last five years alone, and received honors including the Pulitzer Prize, the MacArthur Fellowship, the Academy of American Poets Prize, the John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Natural History Writing, the Iowa Poetry Prize, the Kenyon Review Short Fiction Award, the O. Henry Prize, the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, and many Wallace Stegner Fellowships.  Recent work has been anthologized in Best New Poets, Best New American Voices, and The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses. 

      Contact

      Aurelie Sheehan, Director 

      Creative Writing MFA Program

      Department of English

      University of Arizona

      PO Box 210067

      Modern Languages Bldg. 445

      Tucson, Az  85721-0067

      520-621-3880

      http://cwp.web.arizona.edu

      Application deadline for the following fall semester is January 1

      For more information, plase contact the program assistant, Marlene Cooksey, at mccoksey@email.arizona.edu

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Vee F. Browne Author- THE STONE CUTTER & THE NAVAJO MAIDEN/ TSE’ YITSIDI’ DO’O’ CHI’IKE’E’H BITSE’DAASHJE’E’, Children’s Books

      THE STONE CUTTER & TSE’ YITSIDI’ DO’O’ CH’IKE’E’H BITSE’DAASHJE’E’

      by Vee F. Browne, illustrated by Johnson Yazzie.  Salina Bookshelf Inc. 

      “After accidentally breaking her mother’s grinding stone, young Cinnebah sets out on a quest to find someone who can repair it.  Along the way she meets a moccasin maker, a potter, and a stone cutter, all of whom offer compassion, wise advice, and thoughtful gifts.  Set in the timeless past, this bilingual English/Navajo story is itself a gift of simple, solid storytelling.  Johnson Yazzie’s illustrations, lovingly lifelike and resplendent with the colors of the Dinetah bring the tale to life.  A final note by author Vee F. Browne describes the sacredness of grinding stones in Navajo culture.  This one to treasure.”- Cathy Jacobus

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Arizona Onstage Productions- Presents Tony Award Winning Musical THE 25TH ANNAUL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

       HOW DOES TUCSON SPELL…H-I-T

      At the Cabaret Space, Temple of Music and Art, August 13th- 29th

      ARIZONA ONSTAGE PRODUCTIONS

     Professional Musical Theater In Tucson

     PRESENTS

      THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE 

      For Tickets- arizonaonstage.org

      Or call

      1-800-838-3006

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