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.

MFAW Faculty Member Deborah Brevoort’s Staged Reading in November

MFAW Faculty Member Deborah Brevoort’s Staged Reading in November

In 1937, legendary singer Marian Anderson gave a concert in Princeton, NJ and was refused a room at the Nassau Inn because she was black. Albert Einstein invited her to stay at his home beginning an intimate friendship between the two that would last for a lifetime. Based on actual events, My Lord, What a Night provides a thought-provoking account of what happened that night.

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