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Kimiko Hahn joins First Lady Jill Biden at The White House

Professor Kimiko Hahn joined First Lady Jill Biden and Kishida Yuko, wife of Prime Minister Kishida Fumio, in a cultural program as part of an official visit to Washington, just last week.

Fresh off the heels of winning the Ruth Lilly lifetime achievement award from the Poetry Foundation, Kimiko led writing exercises with a group of local high school students, which drew from her heritage and celebrated Japanese culture. The First Lady, who is herself a former teacher of writing, of course knew that Kimiko Hahn would be a great choice to lead this workshop in honor of the Japanese ambassador’s visit.

If you want to see some of this special event, you can watch the video from The White House YouTube page:

Congratulations, Kimiko!

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Interview with Briallen Hopper: Famous Writing Routines

“Rest is an essential part of my process.”

– Briallen Hopper

Let’s face it, people want to go to MFA programs to work with particular writers: people whose work they admire, writers who can show them the right way to approach their own work. That’s why it’s so perfect that our own Briallen Hopper (author of the creative essay collection Hard to Love) has been interviewed for Famous Writing Routines, a magazine dedicated to exploring the daily habits, writing process, and work routines of some of the most renowned authors throughout history.

Check out that interview to get all of Briallen’s insights on the writing process:

This way, you know when you apply to pursue creative nonfiction here at Queens College, you’re in good hands!

If you’re thinking about working on a memoir or essays, like Briallen Hopper writes, check out our application page.

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1/29 – Graduate Information Session

Please join us virtually for a Graduate Information Session to explore the MFA in Creative Writing program at Queens College.

Located in the most culturally and linguistically diverse county in the nation, the Queens College MFA in Creative Writing program attracts students dedicated to crossing boundaries in genre, craft, and language. Classes are small, mostly in the evening, and students work closely with faculty mentors. Gain creative experience with affordable public university tuition in an urban environment with a verdant 80-acre campus.

The program offers tracks in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and literary translation–and students are encouraged to experiment with multiple genres. Queens College hosts a lively events series and has partnerships with the Louis Armstrong House Museum, The Poetry Society of America, Ghostbird Press, and Pete’s Candy Store. Teaching opportunities, internships, and scholarships are available. See how far you can take your writing.

Monday, January 29, 2024, 5:00 pm

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Book Launch for Jonathan Kravetz – 6.25.24

MFA alum Jonathan Kravetz is having his book launch for his debut novel, How We Were Before, tomorrow night as part of the Half King Reading Series at Revision Lounge and Gallery tomorrow night!

If you’re free, head down to Avenue B tomorrow night!

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Powerhouse Arts Community Day

The first Powerhouse Arts Community Day will feature hands-on workshops, demonstrations, screenings, and conversations with PHA Print, Ceramics, and Public Art shops, as well as partner organizations, artists, and educators. Textile Arts Center, Reel Works, Beam Center, Center For Urban Pedagogy, Makeville Studio, UrbanGlass, ESPO’s Art World, The Alpha Workshops, NYC Resistor, Craftspring, Street LabMGC Community Print Studio, and The People’s Creative Institute will all be on site.

Powerhouse Arts (PHA) is a not-for-profit organization committed to creative expression. Our purpose-built facility hosts an extended network of art and fabrication professionals and educators who work together to co-create and share artistic practices vital to the wellbeing of artists and the communities to which they belong. 

This family friendly, all-ages event, taking place across three floors in our purpose-built art-making facility, will also include performances in our beautiful, light-filled Loft and Brooklyn College’s M.F.A. Students Thesis Exhibition in our Lobby. The event runs 1–5pm (doors close at 4:30pm) and is free with RSVP:

Walk away with a screenprint; bring your own shirt for an ESPO original; design a zine; make a button; paint with clay; learn soldering, glassblowing, marbling, community weaving, blockprinting; and much more!

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John Rice in McSweeney’s

MFA alum John Rice just had a piece published by McSweeney’s Internet Tendency this morning, a review of the 7-Eleven french toast breakfast sandwich, under their Reviews of New Foods section.

McSweeney’s Publishing is a non-profit publishing house based in San Francisco, California, founded by author Dave Eggers in 1998. In addition to their daily humor website, McSweeney’s also publishes approximately ten titles a year, as well as the quarterly literary journal Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, The bimonthly magazine The Believer, Illustoria (an art and storytelling magazine for six to 11-year olds), and, formerly, the legendary food journal Lucky Peach.

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency is considered one of the most preeminent publications for literary satire and humor, so a big congratulations to John is in order!

Go check it out now, and think about it every time you are near a 7-Eleven:

https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/7-eleven-french-toast-sandwich-with-sausage-egg-cheese-and-chipotle-bacon-mayonnaise-dressing

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Richard Prins – Best American Essays 2024

We just got some excellent news today: MFA student Richard Prins has been selected for The Best American Essays 2024. Richard, fresh off the heels of winning an NEA Fellowship, had his essay “Because: An Etiology” selected by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and acclaimed New York Times critic Wesley Morris.

The Best American series selects twenty essays out of thousands of nominations from literary journals which represent the best examples of the form published the previous year. Each year an established writer is brought in to act as judge for this prestigious anthology, but is presided over by series editor Kim Dana Kupperman at HarperCollins.

The anthology officially publishes towards the end of October, so you can preorder your copy now. Or, you can read Richard’s inventive essay “Because: An Etiology” in the Potomac Review.

Congratulations, Richard!

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MFA X MFA: Artcake Gallery

I’m seeing double–two QC MFA Programs?!

Students from our MFA Program in Creative Writing met up and held a reading in the thesis show for the QC MFA in Studio Art this past weekend, at Art Cake Gallery.

Our MFA candidates read in front of visual art installations and were treated to a sound installation by our graduating MFA student Julie Goodale.

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Louis Armstrong House Museum Fellowship Reading – 5/25

05/25/2024 – 1:00 pm
The Louis Armstrong House Museum
34-56 107th Street
Queens, NY 11368

Each year, the Queens College MFA Program partners with the Louis Armstrong House Museum to create a residency for two of our students. During this time, each writer conducts research on any aspect of the materials in the archives that relate to or revolve around Louis Armstrong’s larger-than-life story and magnificent musical career, with the intention of developing their own creative work. This reading, in Louis’ own garden, is the culmination of their work.

This year’s fellows Nina DalleyHood and Danielle Gutkovich will read from the creative works they developed in conjunction with their time in the archives. Afterward, a small reception will take place, featuring tours of Louis Armstrong’s actual house.

The Louis Armstrong House Museum (LAHM) sustains and promotes the cultural, historical, and humanitarian legacy of Louis Armstrong by preserving and interpreting Armstrong’s house and grounds, collecting and sharing archival materials that document Armstrong’s life and legacy, developing programs for the public that educate and inspire, and engaging with contemporary artists to create performances and new works.

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The Queens Review Launch Party – 5/18

Our very own Queens Review is having a launch party to celebrate its inaugural issue on Saturday, May 18th at 7PM in Kew & Willow Books. The launch will feature surprise guest readings by contributors and copies of the beautiful print edition (published simultaneously with the web edition) will be for sale, care of Kew & Willow Books.

Queens Review is a renewal of our program’s literary journal; it replaces our long-standing journal Armstrong Literary with a new vision to engage the multiplicity of culture and language, which is the essence of Queens, and connect those stories with the larger literary world. This issue is already yielding big results, with contributions by Cynthia Cruz, Diane Seuss, Stevie Edwards, and Rajiv Mohabir.

The Queens Review is a journal based in Queens: a borough with a multiplicity of cultures, languages, and experiences. Rather than present a single unified voice, we aim to express the varied landscapes around us as well as our own internal terrain. Founded by students and faculty of the Queens College MFA in Creative Writing and Literary TranslationThe Queens Review is interested in work that pushes boundaries –– on an emotional level as well as a linguistic one –– poems, stories, translations, and fragments that scatter, ground, croon, and devastate.

Submissions for Issue 2 should open in the fall, but you can read the first issue on the QR website:

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Nicole Cooley: New Book!

Our own Nicole Cooley’s new book of poems, Mother Water Ash, will be coming out this summer from LSU Press.

Mother Water Ash explores the personal grief of a mother’s sudden death alongside the environmental crises of the storms, fires, and floods that now dominate our world. Examining the landscapes of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, these poems ponder what it means to mourn in the face of ecological catastrophe, and traipse the terrains left by loss.

To preorder your copy, go to the LSU website:

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Nadia Misir in Exhibition May 5th

Sunday, May 5th, 2024
12pm – 5pm
@ Oyate Group
276 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451

MFA alum Nadir Misir will be taking part in an exhibition of Indo-Caribbean visual artists and writers, called Indian Arrival | Indentured Survival, at the Oyate Group headquarters in The Bronx. The exhibit, opening on May 5th, will feature art and literature by the descendants of indentured Indo-Caribbean peoples in celebration of Indian Arrival Month.

Oyate Group (derived from the Dakota language, meaning “people”) is a New York City-based nonprofit organization with the mission to alleviate poverty. The exhibition, curated by Indo-Guyanese artist Raqeebah Zaman, seeks to alleviate poverty through education and information.

Register for the event here: https://tinyurl.com/3682dte8

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Todd Sullivan in The Korea Times

MFA alum Todd Sullivan has a big write-up in The Korea Times, for the 10th anniversary of his literary journal, Samjoko Magazine.

Todd moved to Korea to teach English language courses and has thrived. Todd is the author of five novels, most recently Blood Stew and The Gray Man of Smoke and Shadows, as well as dozens of short stories, poems, essays, and novelettes. He was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize last year for his short story “One Hour,” in the journal After Dinner Conversations.

Congratulations on all your hard work, Todd! Go read Todd’s profile in The Korea Times:

https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2024/04/113_369487.html