What Does a Goddard Thesis Look Like?

Take a peek at this selection of some of the beautiful books and production posters that started off as Goddard theses. Then follow our alumni as they continue creating new work as writers in the world. Click the links for alumni and student news for more publishing news and achievements as it happens. Poems, productions, short stories, essays: we have it all!

The Seep

Starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist and Library Journal.

A blend of searing social commentary and speculative fiction, Chana Porter’s fresh, pointed debut is perfect for fans of Jeff VanderMeer and Carmen Maria Machado.

 

The Pink Institution

Finalist for the Believer Book Award, 2004

Beautiful and violent, spare and ominous, Saterstrom’s wholly original novel explodes mythologies of southern femininity.

Up High in the Trees

Selected by Book Sense, Borders Original Voices and Barnes & Noble Discover

Chicago Tribune Favorite Books of 2007

In spare and fierce prose buoyed by the life force of its small, fearless narrator, Up High in the Trees introduces an astonishingly fresh and powerful literary voice.

 

Work By Bloodlight

Winner of the 2018 Maine Literary Award
Winner of the 2015 Cider Press Review Book Award

It’s strange how so much beauty can come out of this often painful, always unflinching work. In poems that range through the physical world—the weasel in the henhouse, the calligrapher at his table—Bouwsma’s language is at once muscular and lyrical, her voice both passionate and honest. —Linda Pastan

 

The Length of This Gap

Entropy: Best Poetry Books and Poetry Collections of 2018

Death is not always tragedy, but then again, neither is love – its encounter, its ennui, its wound. Kristen Nelson’s the length of this gap revels in passionate ambivalence, gliding between emotions without netted hearts to catch her fall. These poems persuade my addiction. —Lily Hoang

 

Leaf Is All

Winner of the 2014 Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize

Meticulously inventive as it considers varieties of replication—benign and malign—and the intersections, the politics, of our communal narratives of family and science. 

 

DON’T FORGET, THIS LIST IS JUST A TASTE! FOR MORE ALUMNI AND STUDENT PUBLICATIONS,  CHECK OUT STUDENT AND ALUMNI NEWS FOR UPDATES.

So Much Pretty

Best Suspense Novel of 2011 by the New York Times Book Review

A haunting suspense novel about a murder mystery based on a real-life missing-persons case. — Entertainment Weekly, #3 on “The Must List”

 

Small Apartments

Grand Prize of the 23rd Annual International 3-Day Novel Writing Contest

Now a major motion picture from Sony Entertainment directed by Grammy Award winner Jonas Akerlund and starring the most refreshingly offbeat cast ever assembled for a dark indie comedy.

 

The Shame of Losing

2019 Washington State Book Awards Finalist

A moving, heartfelt and honest memoir about the choices we make. Cannon takes us through sudden tragedy and a rite of passage she never imagined.

 

An Unquenchable Thirst

Named one of the best books of the year by KIRKUS REVIEWS

An inspiration that transcends any particular religious belief . . . An Unquenchable Thirst is a journey that captivates, but its resonance lies in the life examined.—The Denver Post

 

Setting the Wire

Visiting Writer, Port Townsend 2020

“Taut, lyrical, wise writing.”  – Claire Dederer

A lyric exploration of motherhood, mental illness, and familial ties, Sarah Townsend’s debut work weaves together personal anecdote, film, music, visual art, and psychology.

Makara

2013 Lambda Literary Finalist in Debut Fiction

In gorgeous, briny prose, Kristen Ringman’s novel grabbed my heart and didn’t let it go until the last page. Fionnuala is a delightful character who glides easily between the worlds of the sea and land, the deaf and the hearing, grief and joy. Both magical and raw, this story made me happy to be alive. — Lucy Jane Bledsoe

 

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16feb7:00 pm8:30 pmFeaturedSarah Townsend Reading

Event Details

Debut memoirist Sarah Townsend will be returning to Goddard College as our Visiting Alumna.  She will read and answer questions about her book Setting the Wire: A Memoir of Postpartum Psychosis (The Lettered Streets Press, 2019). This public event will take place at 7pm in the Reading Room on the second floor of Building 204, 200 Battery Way, in Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA 98368. A reception and book signing will immediately follow the reading.

Please join us for this public reading and celebration!

Bestselling author Claire Dederer described Setting the Wire as “a tightly coiled and disturbingly gorgeous exploration of her postpartum mental breakdown. I devoured these pages–while willing myself to slow down so I could catch every nuance of Townsend’s taut, lyrical, wise writing.”

Sarah Townsend received her MFA from Goddard College, and her MA in counseling psychology from Northwestern University. Setting the Wire has been featured on Beyond Well with Sheila Hamilton, The Ish with Cameron Dezen Hammon, UpFront with Cat Brooks of KPFA (NPR) in Berkeley, and in the Chicago Review of Books. Sarah currently teaches at Hugo House in Seattle, WA. She also serves on the advisory committee of Perinatal Support Washington and on the Postpartum Psychosis Task Force of Postpartum Support International. She co-facilitates the Holyoke Reading Series and the Goddard College Alumni Lighthouse Writers’ Conference & Retreat.

Time

(Sunday) 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location

Goddard College Fort Worden Campus

Fort Worden

19feb7:00 pm8:30 pmFeaturedAward-winning Author Nisi Shawl to Speak at Goddard MFAW Port Townsend Residency

Event Details

Critically acclaimed author Nisi Shawl will be speaking at Goddard College’s MFA in Creative Writing Program on Wednesday, February 19, 2020.  They will read and answer questions about their work, which includes the steampunk novel Everfair –an alternate and happier history of the so-called Belgian Congo. This public event will take place at 7pm in the Reading Room on the second floor of Building 204, 200 Battery Way, in Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA 98368. A reception and book signing will immediately follow the reading.

Nisi Shawl also wrote the James Tiptree, Jr. Award-winning story collection Filter House (2008). Other recent titles include the collections Talk Like a Man (2019) and A Primer on Nisi Shawl (2018). They co-wrote Writing the Other: A Practical Approach (2005), a standard text on inclusive representation in the imaginative genres and the basis for many of their online and in-person workshops.  They co-edited the anthologies Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany; and Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler.  In 2019 Solaris published their latest editing venture, the acclaimed anthology New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color.

Shawl has spoken at Duke University, Spelman College, University of Hawai’i Manoa, Smith College, and several other educational institutions, and has taught at University of Washington Bothell and at Sarah Lawrence College.  They regularly contribute book reviews and criticism to The Seattle Times, Ms. Magazine, Los Angeles Review of Books, Seattle Review of Books, and The Washington Post.  They also edit book reviews for the feminist journal Cascadia Subduction Zone.  Shawl is a Carl Brandon Society founder and a Clarion West board member.  They live in Seattle near an enticingly large lake filled with dangerous currents.

Time

(Wednesday) 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location

Goddard College Fort Worden Campus

Fort Worden

26feb5:30 pm7:00 pmZOOM into the Goddard MFA! Join Our February Info Session.Meet Goddard College MFA in Creating Writing's program director Elena Georgiou and learn how our low-residency MFA program can help you develop your voice as a writer in the world.

Event Details

Want to find out more about the Goddard low residency MFA in Creative Writing? On FEBRUARY 26th, join our next virtual Zoom meeting with Director Elena Georgiou and discover why the first low residency MFA program in the country is still thriving and may be the best for you!
GODDARD HONORS YOUR VOICE, YOUR VISION, YOUR GOALS AND YOUR LIFE.  OUR AWARD-WINNING FACULTY IS HERE TO HELP YOU DEVELOP THE SKILLS YOU NEED TO CREATE THE PROJECT YOU CAME TO WRITE. OUR RESIDENCIES GIVE YOU THE FREEDOM TO EXPERIMENT OR DIVE DEEPLY INTO YOUR GENRE.  NO LECTURES, NO REQUIRED TRACKS, NO ONE ELSE’S CANON.
Goddard’s model is ideal for people with commitments to family or work who choose to hone their writing skills at the same time. The Goddard MFA program enables you to tailor your study to any of a wide variety of genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, graphic novel, and hybrid forms, and to learn from a diverse faculty of published authors. Goddard also offers playwriting, screenwriting, TV writing, and libretto writing from our Vermont campus, through one-on-one mentorship from working writers in the TV, theatre, film, and opera fields.
Goddard’s program takes place on two coasts: Port Townsend, WA in February and July, and Plainfield, VT in January and July.
Our next call is on February 26  2020 5:30-7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/vJ0scuiurDkjPzFxMPRzHhQDjS7UZNX0Lw
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Time

(Wednesday) 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EST

Location

Virtual

Organizer

Goddard College Admissionsdaphne.kinney-landis@goddard.edu

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february

16feb7:00 pm8:30 pmFeaturedSarah Townsend Reading

Event Details

Debut memoirist Sarah Townsend will be returning to Goddard College as our Visiting Alumna.  She will read and answer questions about her book Setting the Wire: A Memoir of Postpartum Psychosis (The Lettered Streets Press, 2019). This public event will take place at 7pm in the Reading Room on the second floor of Building 204, 200 Battery Way, in Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA 98368. A reception and book signing will immediately follow the reading.

Please join us for this public reading and celebration!

Bestselling author Claire Dederer described Setting the Wire as “a tightly coiled and disturbingly gorgeous exploration of her postpartum mental breakdown. I devoured these pages–while willing myself to slow down so I could catch every nuance of Townsend’s taut, lyrical, wise writing.”

Sarah Townsend received her MFA from Goddard College, and her MA in counseling psychology from Northwestern University. Setting the Wire has been featured on Beyond Well with Sheila Hamilton, The Ish with Cameron Dezen Hammon, UpFront with Cat Brooks of KPFA (NPR) in Berkeley, and in the Chicago Review of Books. Sarah currently teaches at Hugo House in Seattle, WA. She also serves on the advisory committee of Perinatal Support Washington and on the Postpartum Psychosis Task Force of Postpartum Support International. She co-facilitates the Holyoke Reading Series and the Goddard College Alumni Lighthouse Writers’ Conference & Retreat.

Time

(Sunday) 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location

Goddard College Fort Worden Campus

Fort Worden

19feb7:00 pm8:30 pmFeaturedAward-winning Author Nisi Shawl to Speak at Goddard MFAW Port Townsend Residency

Event Details

Critically acclaimed author Nisi Shawl will be speaking at Goddard College’s MFA in Creative Writing Program on Wednesday, February 19, 2020.  They will read and answer questions about their work, which includes the steampunk novel Everfair –an alternate and happier history of the so-called Belgian Congo. This public event will take place at 7pm in the Reading Room on the second floor of Building 204, 200 Battery Way, in Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA 98368. A reception and book signing will immediately follow the reading.

Nisi Shawl also wrote the James Tiptree, Jr. Award-winning story collection Filter House (2008). Other recent titles include the collections Talk Like a Man (2019) and A Primer on Nisi Shawl (2018). They co-wrote Writing the Other: A Practical Approach (2005), a standard text on inclusive representation in the imaginative genres and the basis for many of their online and in-person workshops.  They co-edited the anthologies Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany; and Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler.  In 2019 Solaris published their latest editing venture, the acclaimed anthology New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color.

Shawl has spoken at Duke University, Spelman College, University of Hawai’i Manoa, Smith College, and several other educational institutions, and has taught at University of Washington Bothell and at Sarah Lawrence College.  They regularly contribute book reviews and criticism to The Seattle Times, Ms. Magazine, Los Angeles Review of Books, Seattle Review of Books, and The Washington Post.  They also edit book reviews for the feminist journal Cascadia Subduction Zone.  Shawl is a Carl Brandon Society founder and a Clarion West board member.  They live in Seattle near an enticingly large lake filled with dangerous currents.

Time

(Wednesday) 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location

Goddard College Fort Worden Campus

Fort Worden

26feb5:30 pm7:00 pmZOOM into the Goddard MFA! Join Our February Info Session.Meet Goddard College MFA in Creating Writing's program director Elena Georgiou and learn how our low-residency MFA program can help you develop your voice as a writer in the world.

Event Details

Want to find out more about the Goddard low residency MFA in Creative Writing? On FEBRUARY 26th, join our next virtual Zoom meeting with Director Elena Georgiou and discover why the first low residency MFA program in the country is still thriving and may be the best for you!
GODDARD HONORS YOUR VOICE, YOUR VISION, YOUR GOALS AND YOUR LIFE.  OUR AWARD-WINNING FACULTY IS HERE TO HELP YOU DEVELOP THE SKILLS YOU NEED TO CREATE THE PROJECT YOU CAME TO WRITE. OUR RESIDENCIES GIVE YOU THE FREEDOM TO EXPERIMENT OR DIVE DEEPLY INTO YOUR GENRE.  NO LECTURES, NO REQUIRED TRACKS, NO ONE ELSE’S CANON.
Goddard’s model is ideal for people with commitments to family or work who choose to hone their writing skills at the same time. The Goddard MFA program enables you to tailor your study to any of a wide variety of genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, graphic novel, and hybrid forms, and to learn from a diverse faculty of published authors. Goddard also offers playwriting, screenwriting, TV writing, and libretto writing from our Vermont campus, through one-on-one mentorship from working writers in the TV, theatre, film, and opera fields.
Goddard’s program takes place on two coasts: Port Townsend, WA in February and July, and Plainfield, VT in January and July.
Our next call is on February 26  2020 5:30-7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/vJ0scuiurDkjPzFxMPRzHhQDjS7UZNX0Lw
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Time

(Wednesday) 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EST

Location

Virtual

Organizer

Goddard College Admissionsdaphne.kinney-landis@goddard.edu

FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM

Subscribe Here:

february

16feb7:00 pm8:30 pmFeaturedSarah Townsend Reading

Event Details

Debut memoirist Sarah Townsend will be returning to Goddard College as our Visiting Alumna.  She will read and answer questions about her book Setting the Wire: A Memoir of Postpartum Psychosis (The Lettered Streets Press, 2019). This public event will take place at 7pm in the Reading Room on the second floor of Building 204, 200 Battery Way, in Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA 98368. A reception and book signing will immediately follow the reading.

Please join us for this public reading and celebration!

Bestselling author Claire Dederer described Setting the Wire as “a tightly coiled and disturbingly gorgeous exploration of her postpartum mental breakdown. I devoured these pages–while willing myself to slow down so I could catch every nuance of Townsend’s taut, lyrical, wise writing.”

Sarah Townsend received her MFA from Goddard College, and her MA in counseling psychology from Northwestern University. Setting the Wire has been featured on Beyond Well with Sheila Hamilton, The Ish with Cameron Dezen Hammon, UpFront with Cat Brooks of KPFA (NPR) in Berkeley, and in the Chicago Review of Books. Sarah currently teaches at Hugo House in Seattle, WA. She also serves on the advisory committee of Perinatal Support Washington and on the Postpartum Psychosis Task Force of Postpartum Support International. She co-facilitates the Holyoke Reading Series and the Goddard College Alumni Lighthouse Writers’ Conference & Retreat.

Time

(Sunday) 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location

Goddard College Fort Worden Campus

Fort Worden

19feb7:00 pm8:30 pmFeaturedAward-winning Author Nisi Shawl to Speak at Goddard MFAW Port Townsend Residency

Event Details

Critically acclaimed author Nisi Shawl will be speaking at Goddard College’s MFA in Creative Writing Program on Wednesday, February 19, 2020.  They will read and answer questions about their work, which includes the steampunk novel Everfair –an alternate and happier history of the so-called Belgian Congo. This public event will take place at 7pm in the Reading Room on the second floor of Building 204, 200 Battery Way, in Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA 98368. A reception and book signing will immediately follow the reading.

Nisi Shawl also wrote the James Tiptree, Jr. Award-winning story collection Filter House (2008). Other recent titles include the collections Talk Like a Man (2019) and A Primer on Nisi Shawl (2018). They co-wrote Writing the Other: A Practical Approach (2005), a standard text on inclusive representation in the imaginative genres and the basis for many of their online and in-person workshops.  They co-edited the anthologies Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany; and Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler.  In 2019 Solaris published their latest editing venture, the acclaimed anthology New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color.

Shawl has spoken at Duke University, Spelman College, University of Hawai’i Manoa, Smith College, and several other educational institutions, and has taught at University of Washington Bothell and at Sarah Lawrence College.  They regularly contribute book reviews and criticism to The Seattle Times, Ms. Magazine, Los Angeles Review of Books, Seattle Review of Books, and The Washington Post.  They also edit book reviews for the feminist journal Cascadia Subduction Zone.  Shawl is a Carl Brandon Society founder and a Clarion West board member.  They live in Seattle near an enticingly large lake filled with dangerous currents.

Time

(Wednesday) 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location

Goddard College Fort Worden Campus

Fort Worden

26feb5:30 pm7:00 pmZOOM into the Goddard MFA! Join Our February Info Session.Meet Goddard College MFA in Creating Writing's program director Elena Georgiou and learn how our low-residency MFA program can help you develop your voice as a writer in the world.

Event Details

Want to find out more about the Goddard low residency MFA in Creative Writing? On FEBRUARY 26th, join our next virtual Zoom meeting with Director Elena Georgiou and discover why the first low residency MFA program in the country is still thriving and may be the best for you!
GODDARD HONORS YOUR VOICE, YOUR VISION, YOUR GOALS AND YOUR LIFE.  OUR AWARD-WINNING FACULTY IS HERE TO HELP YOU DEVELOP THE SKILLS YOU NEED TO CREATE THE PROJECT YOU CAME TO WRITE. OUR RESIDENCIES GIVE YOU THE FREEDOM TO EXPERIMENT OR DIVE DEEPLY INTO YOUR GENRE.  NO LECTURES, NO REQUIRED TRACKS, NO ONE ELSE’S CANON.
Goddard’s model is ideal for people with commitments to family or work who choose to hone their writing skills at the same time. The Goddard MFA program enables you to tailor your study to any of a wide variety of genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, graphic novel, and hybrid forms, and to learn from a diverse faculty of published authors. Goddard also offers playwriting, screenwriting, TV writing, and libretto writing from our Vermont campus, through one-on-one mentorship from working writers in the TV, theatre, film, and opera fields.
Goddard’s program takes place on two coasts: Port Townsend, WA in February and July, and Plainfield, VT in January and July.
Our next call is on February 26  2020 5:30-7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/vJ0scuiurDkjPzFxMPRzHhQDjS7UZNX0Lw
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Time

(Wednesday) 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EST

Location

Virtual

Organizer

Goddard College Admissionsdaphne.kinney-landis@goddard.edu

FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM

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