If you notice the blog has been quiet lately that’s only because we have been busy in the MFA office reading applications and getting reading for the swiftly approaching January residency. (No really, it’ll be here so fast.) But quiet on the blog does NOT mean quiet everywhere, and we’ve got lots of exciting things to tell you about.
First and foremost, we are grateful that our students and alumni that were in the path of Harvey and Irma are safe. But that doesn’t mean that they (and many others) don’t still need our help. That’s why we will be holding a special hurricane relief reading/fundraiser in conjunction with Ciclops Cyderi and Brewery’s Pints and Poets reading series. So come have a drink, listen to some great readings, and support a cause that’s close to all our hearts. All donations will given to CAN’d Aid Foundation by Oskar Blues, an organization that provides clean drinking water for those affected by the hurricanes. The event is free, but donations are appreciated.
And just in case you don’t follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and you didn’t know about our Facebook Live event, I’d like to report it was a great success. As of today, we’ve had over 300 views of our information session that was held as a live streaming event here in the MFA office. If you missed it, don’t worry because you can still view it on our Facebook page any time you want. Many thanks to our fearless leader, Rick Mulkey, for coming in during his sabbatical to help field questions and talk about the program. Also much gratitude to alumnus, Travis Burnham, for making time for us on a Saturday morning to help with the event. Of course, I’m not surprised by his willingness to jump in and lend a hand as, apparently, it’s just what our alumni do. We had current students and alumni both, answering questions posted in the comments section faster that Rick, Travis, or I could get to them. We are grateful for our MFA family, and we’d love to have you join our tight-knit community. The application deadline for the January residency is October 1, 2017.
Have you checked out our Instagram account yet? So far we’ve featured everything from faculty to craft books, campus pics to bookish art. And we’re always looking for new things to feature, so be sure to send us your pics of your semester reading or your new favorite craft book or your pick for the Man Booker prize. In the meantime, the Converse MFA Instagram is going to be taking a brief trip to the Big Apple at the beginning of October, so be on the lookout for all things bookish in NYC. (You know there’ll be a trip to the Strand in there.)
Until next time, keep writing!