News from the School of IAS

Category: Creative Writing and Poetics

MFA Alum Abigail Mandlin founds Literary Journal – Heart on our Sleeves Press

Abigail Mandlin (MFA ’20) recently launched Heart on Our Sleeves Press, a literary magazine featuring poetry and prose. The title is a reference to the way writers encounter the world. As Mandlin writes, “[i]t’s our burden and our pleasure to experience the world in technicolor–in all caps–and it’s what drives us to the page, to...

March 28, 2024

Cedar Sigo and Simon Wolf new collaboration – Occasional Objects

MFA Visiting Writer & Alum, Cedar Sigo and Simon Wolf recently celebrated their new collaboration “Occasional Objects” at Common Area Maintenance. “The words stretched severely.” We arrived early to help Timothy set up the chairs, and to arrange them in a certain way, decide just where the mic would be. The small things like this...

February 29, 2024

New Publication and Public Readings

Jeanne Heuving recently published her three volume book, INDIGO ANGEL, with Black Square Editions. In its three meditations—MOOD INDIGO, BRILLIANT CORNERS and AIR TIME–INDIGO ANGEL takes its lead from different jazz modalities as these ray out into other arts, the natural world and human history. In serial prose and poetry septets that begin again and...

January 25, 2024

MFA’s Cristina Cortez new Book As I Am / Soy Como Soy

Cristina Cortez (MFA ‘18) releases her new work As I Am / Soy Como Soy (2023) published by Books & Smith. As I Am / Soy Como Soy (English & Spanish Edition) is Cortez’s second poetry collection and her most personal work. In an interview with Jeannette Noltenius and Susana Reyes, both key members of...

September 12, 2023

MFA alumni Amy Hirayama and Emily Mundy teach workshops in somatic exploration

MFA alumni Emily Mundy (MFA '22) and Amy Hirayama (MFA '22) brought together attendees of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) conference in Seattle to explore writing as an embodied process.

June 29, 2023

Amaranth Borsuk publishes poems in Colorado Review

The summer 2023 issue of Colorado Review includes a folio from Amaranth Borsuk’s collaboration with Terri Witek, W/\SH, including visual poems, prose poems, epistles, and art. The pieces are part of a larger speculative poetry manuscript that envisions a correspondence between women of two worlds, one of drought and fire, the other rain and flood....

June 29, 2023

MFA Alum Eric Acosta and Amy Hirayama organize Altar/Alter Event in Seattle

MFA alumni Eric Acosta (MFA ‘20) and Amy Hirayama (MFA ‘22), in collaboration with experimental writer and poet Greg Bem and poet/artist/musician Denny Stern, recently co-curated the week-long community event Altar / Alter which took place June 8-16 at The Cherry Pit in Seattle’s Central District. Altar / Alter was an installation and performance series...

June 29, 2023

MFA Alum Troy Landrum Jr. Selected as Wa Na Wari Fellow

Troy Landrum Jr. (MFA ‘21) joins the 2023 cohort of The Seattle Black Spatial Histories Institute, a community story training program that brings together community-based projects with Black oral historians from around the country “to learn and explore the ethics, techniques, best practices, tensions, and dilemmas of community-based oral history and Black memory work.”

June 22, 2023