MFAW-VT Alumna Chera Hammons Miller Named Writer-in-Residence

MFAW-VT Alumna Chera Hammons Miller Named Writer-in-Residence

Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Connotation Press, Rattle, Sugar House Review, Tar River Poetry, THRUSH, Tupelo Quarterly, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and The Writer’s Almanac, among others. Books include Amaranthine Hour (Jacar Press, 2012), Recycled Explosions (Ink Brush Press, 2016), and The Traveler’s Guide to Bomb City (Purple Flag Press, forthcoming January 2017). She is a member of the editorial board of poetry journal One. She lives in Amarillo, TX.

MFAW-VT Alumni Joe Ricker and His 5-Book Deal

MFAW-VT Alumni Joe Ricker and His 5-Book Deal

About the author: Joe Ricker is a former bartender for southern literary legends Barry Hannah and Larry Brown. He has also worked as a cab driver, an innkeeper, acquisitions specialist, professor and in the Maine timber industry. Esquire magazine referred to him as “[a] man of letters who’s gentle in the way that only the toughest of hard-asses can be.” He grew up in Sanford, Maine, and earned degrees from Marion Military Institute, Ole Miss, and Goddard College. Ricker now lives in Reno, Nevada, where he teaches in the University of Nevada’s English department.

MFAW-VT Faculty Member Sherri L. Smith’s “Who Were the Tuskegee Airmen” Published

MFAW-VT Faculty Member Sherri L. Smith’s “Who Were the Tuskegee Airmen” Published

During World War II, black Americans were fighting for their country and for freedom in Europe, yet they had to endure a totally segregated military in the United States, where they weren’t considered smart enough to become military pilots. After acquiring government funding for aviation training, civil rights activists were able to kickstart the first African American military flight program in the US at Tuskegee University in Alabama. While this book details thrilling flight missions and the grueling training sessions the Tuskegee Airmen underwent, it also shines a light on the lives of these brave men who helped pave the way for the integration of the US armed forces.

MFAW-VT Faculty Member Deborah Brevoort’s BLUE MOON OVER MEMPHIS, a Noh Drama

MFAW-VT Faculty Member Deborah Brevoort’s BLUE MOON OVER MEMPHIS, a Noh Drama

Playwright Deborah Brevoort’s text eschews the easy irony that so often characterizes our encounters with Elvis. The poetic brevity of her script and the gravity of noh, featuring a musical score by composer Richard Emmert, leave us in stunned silence, inviting us to look past the pervasive cynicism of our age to perceive a new, humane way of thinking about one of twentieth-century America’s most unforgettable figures.

MFAW Faculty Member Kennan Norris Has a New Book of Short Stories

MFAW Faculty Member Kennan Norris Has a New Book of Short Stories

“Set in the Central California countryside and the Southern California desert, By the Lemon Tree’s old school stories chronicle the collision of wide-eyed childhood with the end of lives human and animal. In “Twice Good” a downtrodden city administrator shows up for a Black Panther protest forty years too late. “Funeral in Fresno” introduces us to an impatient reverend who is forced to confront his past and his future, while in the title story, a young boy born and raised in East Oakland bears witness to life and death in an ancient rural world.”

MFAW-VT Alumna Cheryl Heller’s “The Intergalactic Design Guide” Has Launched

MFAW-VT Alumna Cheryl Heller’s “The Intergalactic Design Guide” Has Launched

MFAW-VT alumna Cheryl Heller just launched The Intergalactic Design Guide, which illuminates a process for leading change that contradicts the prevalent assumption that the future is “someone else’s” responsibility. It’s a book about leaders who are doing what others consider impossible, and a map for how anyone who wants to step up can become one.

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