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Recommended Reading- December 2016

Starting this month, the Ashland MFA will share books recommended by our program’s faculty. We're including instructional guides, anthologies, and classics of the craft, all meant to be helpful tools for developing writers. Listed below are this month’s recommendations.


Creative Nonfiction



The Art of the Personal Essay, ed. by Phillip Lopate

Recommended by Steve Harvey

This is by far the most influential and extensive collection of personal essays in English. It contains work from antiquity and from Europe in translation as well as classic works by English and American Essayists. Lopate’s choices are judicious and representative and, read as a whole, give a sense of scope of this new and, before him, largely unchartered genre.


Poetry



The Poem Is You: 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them by Stephen Burt

Recommended by Angela Estes

This book was just published and offers a terrific introduction to the varied kinds of poetry of the late 20th and early 21st centuries …

Ashland University MFA at AWP

Ashland MFA faculty members and alumni are represented on multiple panels at the AWP Conference in Washington, DC, February 8-11, 2017. 
Below is a list of conference sessions involving our Ashland writing community. Know of a book signing, reading, or other event that we’ve missed? Please let us know so we can add it to the list: mfa@ashland.edu.

We’ll be at Booth #167, so stop by and say hello. Students, faculty, and alumni who would like to help man the booth for an hour or so, please contact Cassy at cbrown44@ashland.edu. See you in Washington, DC!
Thursday, February 9
R196.A 25th Anniversary Reading by CGU's Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award Winners Thursday,12:00 pm- 1:15 pm Location: Room 206, Washington Convention Center, Level Two Lori Anne Ferrell,Susan Mitchell,Carl Phillips,Marianne Boruch,Angie Estes Claremont Graduate University’s Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award is one of the most prestigious prizes a contemporary poet can receive. The Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award was created in 1993…

Calls for Submission - November/December

Each month, the Ashland MFA Program receives calls for submissions and contest deadlines, which it publicizes in its monthly newsletter. Listed below are this month's calls for submission
Journal Submissions
Tammy Journalis reading (all lengths, all forms, all genres) for its seventh issue. Founded in 2009, Tammy is a print journal and chapbook press publishing work from the esteemed fringes and unguarded egresses of American letters. Deadline is December 1, 2016. https://tammy.submittable.com/submit
Riprap Literary Journal is now accepting submissions for issue 39. Calling all poets, short fiction, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction writers, photographers, and artists. Deadline is December 2, 2016. https://riprapliteraryjournal.submittable.com/submit

The Woven Tale Presswelcomes unsolicited submissions. Since their mission is to grow traffic to noteworthy artists and writers on the World Wide Web, they want to be able to link back your work; you must have a blog or website address…