Goddard MFA alum Kevin Rabas has been named Kansas Poet Laureate. He will serve in this position for two years. Kevin Rabas teaches at Emporia State University, where he leads the poetry and playwriting tracks and chairs the Department of
Casey worked as a journalist in the Marines until, in the late l970’s, she attended a writing conference in California where one of the faculty told her she should, be writing poetry instead. Casey took this person and their work and when she returned to base, declared herself resident poet, meaning she would no longer report to duty.
I gave my name
rank an serial number,
said I was a poet. Beyond
that I refused to speak.
Rather than send her to the brig for going AWOL, Casey’s superior officers sent her to the psych ward. Part of her time in the psych ward is a subject of this book.
I wanted to open the valise of what could not make the trip into English. I wanted to hear Cortázar’s voice, the author speaking the language in which he wrote.
Goddard MFA alumna Julia Bouwsma‘s Midden, her second book of poems, was selected by Afaa Michael Weaver, for the Poets Out Loud Prize. Midden will be published by Fordham University Press in Fall 2018. In Midden, Bouwsma writes about the forcible eviction
I didn’t know how obsessed I was with the world – with the actual word “world” – until I went through my second book of poems and saw that I used the word at least 30 times. Actually, another poet told me I used it 30 times but of course I went back and counted the words myself (because they were my words) to see if this was true. I’d never done anything like that – count how many times a word got used. I wonder if other poets do this?
Goddard MFA in Creative Writing Program faculty member Michael Klein’s poem “Beginners” was chosen for the Poem-a-Day project of the American Academy of Poets. The poem appeared online yesterday (January 29) and can be read here. Poem-a-Day is the original and only daily
Goddard MFAW faculty Michael Klein: The beautiful writer, John Berger, who died a day into the New Year once said to the living: “hope is not a form of guarantee; it’s a form of energy, and very frequently that energy is strongest in circumstances that are very dark.” For all of you, I wish radical hope.
Goddard MFAW faculty Kenny Fries: Dear Young Disabled Writer and Disabled Writers Not Yet Born,
You might ask: What does this have to do with the disturbing results of the recent U.S. election? Why is this story important for me to impart to you at this time?
When I was born in 1960 nobody knew whether I would live or die. When, after four weeks in an incubator, my parents were able to take me home, nobody knew whether I’d be able to walk.
Now, here I am fifty-six years later, alive and, most of the time, still walking.
“This issue celebrates the pain and brilliance in the breaths we take or don’t. See how much time has to offer in the 2016 issue of Clockhouse.” So says Editorial Director Sarah Cedeño in her reflection on what so many
Copies of 2016’s Clockhouse Volume Four are available, and submissions are still open for what will be Clockhouse’s 2017 Volume Five. Published in partnership with Goddard College by the Clockhouse Writers’ Conference, Clockhouse is an eclectic conversation about the work-in-progress of
Goddard MFA alumna Teresa Mei Chuc writes, “If you’re in NYC on Sat., July 30th, I hope you can join us for a poetry reading at Poets House. Several Goddard College MFA in Creative Writing alumni will be there: Drew Dillhunt (Port Townsend, WA), David Giver (Plainfield, VT), Susan Deer Cloud (Plainfield, VT) and Teresa Mei Chuc (Plainfield, VT).
Goddard MFA faculty member Michael Klein gives us permission to share his poem Harmonium. Here’s a taste: “Peace is revolutionary—that hasn’t changed / but intelligence is less popular now. And inspiration. / There’s no money in it. Some of us have been possessed by a more fearful version / of who we are and aim the camera at ourselves to make sure we are living.”
By Heather Leah Huddleston Poets use fewer words than writers of other genres, and maybe because of this, their very existence is oftentimes viewed as somewhat magical, definitely romantic. It seems that everyone these days wants to be a “writer”
We’re offering what we hope is a timely reminder that Clockhouse’s submission period is open. We’ve worked hard to get the word out–you’ll see the call in Poets & Writers, The Writer’s Chronicle, New Pages, Narrative, and other outlets–but here’s