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  • As I write these words I am hurtling through a tunnel

    As I write these words I am hurtling through a tunnel

    Goddard MFAW alumna Theresa Barker: As I write these words I am hurtling (hurtling!) through a tunnel below ground under the hills of Seattle, in a plastic and metal carriage in a chamber that a thousand thousand thousand inventions of humans have created. Such a thing is unthinkable if you really pay attention to it, as unthinkable as time travel, yet here I am. READ MORE »
  • Lost in a Dark Forest, I Come upon a Wall

    Lost in a Dark Forest, I Come upon a Wall

    Goddard MFAW director Elena Georgiou: I am “midway upon the journey of [my] life”, in a dark forest; in a world where rising levels of disrespect and unkindness are called “pendulum swings”. I’m so profoundly, overpoweringly, overwhelmingly, dreadfully, devastatingly disappointed. And I am also lost. A wall cannot solve. A wall does not equate. A wall is bad math. READ MORE »
  • Trust the Process

    Trust the Process

    Goddard MFAW alumna Kris Johannesson: “At Goddard, we have this saying. Trust the process. READ MORE »
  • Language of Risk and Revelation

    Language of Risk and Revelation

    Goddard MFAW faculty Beatrix Gates: Turning to write about risk and its accompanying later knowledge, revelation, I fell into memories of the waves out from 9/11. Soon I was wearing a different set of shoes and walking in a different time. READ MORE »

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  • Goddard MFA Alumna Cara Hoffman’s New Novel in the New York Times

    Goddard MFA Alumna Cara Hoffman’s New Novel in the New York Times

    Goddard MFA  alumna Cara Hoffman‘s latest novel, Running, is reviewed in the New York Times Book Review.   In the review, Justin Torres writes, “”Hoffman impressively evokes the combination of nihilism, idealism, rootlessness, psychic and economic necessity, lust and love that might set
  • Goddard MFA student Ni’ja Whitson Named One of “100 Culture Influencers”

    Goddard MFA student Ni’ja Whitson Named One of “100 Culture Influencers”

    MFAW-VT student Ni’Ja Whitson has been named one of Brooklyn magazine’s “100 Culture Influencers.” Ni’ja says, “I’m furiously, fiercely committed to a creative practice that is unabashed and uncompromising, that is a contribution to liberation, that is an unapologetic offering
  • Rahna Reiko Rizzuto’s Shadow Child to be published by Grand Central Pulblishing

    Rahna Reiko Rizzuto’s Shadow Child to be published by Grand Central Pulblishing

    Goddard MFAW faculty member Rahna Reiko Rizzuto‘s novel, currently titled Shadow Child, will be published by Grand Central Publishing next year. American Book Award winner and National Book Critics Circle Finalist Rahna Reiko Rizzuto’s second novel, a suspenseful dual narrative about motherhood, sisterhood, and
  • A Darrah Cloud, MFA Faculty, Premiere

    A Darrah Cloud, MFA Faculty, Premiere

    Darrah Cloud, Goddard MFA Faculty member, premieres Prairie Diary on February 14, 2017, at 7pm at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space in NYC.  Soprano Allison Charney, cellist Kajsa William-Olsson and pianist Reiko Uchida (aka the Ark Trio) will be presenting Love Resounding, 

“We are leaving our incredible faculty, brilliant talents themselves, who truly care about the likes of us, who utilize equal parts love and cattle prod…but we’re taking each other.”

Goddard MFA Graduate, Vermont, Jan. 2013

I yearned for creative freedom...My advisors at Goddard helped tailor my studies to my unique needs and interests, while at the same time stretching me beyond where I might have wandered on my own.

Mary Johnson, Goddard MFA alumna and author of An Unquenchable Thirst: A Memoir, a Kirkus Best Book of the Year

 

 

“Goddard’s emphasis on diversity and individuality really appealed to me...I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted out of an MFA program: self-directed learning that would allow me to take risks and follow hunches, and a safe environment in which I could make the mistakes we all need to endure if we are going to learn.”

Matthew Quick, Goddard MFA alumnus, and bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook and many other novels.

Goddard College is the only school I ever wanted to attend. It's a place where radical change is supported and encouraged; where commitment to creative discipline and social justice is expected. I know of no other institution where respect for the craft of writing is fostered with such joy or where dedication to intellectual rigor and curiosity are modeled by the faculty with so much respect for the student. I'm proud to be an alumna of this historically progressive institution. Goddard College changed my life.

Cara Hoffman, Goddard MFA alumna and author of the critically acclaimed novels So Much Pretty and Be Safe I Love You

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  • MFAW student Ni’Ja Whitson’s world premiere performance piece–“A Meditation on Tongues” is written up in today’s New York Times.

    The choreographer Ni’Ja Whitson’s “A Meditation on Tongues” is a live adaptation of “Tongues Untied,”…[Read more]

  • The Writer posted an update 4 months, 1 week ago

    MFAW-VT alumni Christian Peet’s Tarpaulin Sky Magazine (not his press) has just launched a post-election special. Here’s the link: https://tarpaulinsky.com/us-election-2016/

    This special includes MFAW faculty Jan Clausen and BFA faculty Arisa White.

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  • MFAW-WA student Charles Fairchild\’s short story, \”Willa Jones,\” has been published in The Pinch Literary Journal (print only). Congratulations!

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