2011 Westies Anthologized

My Clarion West classmates have had a pretty rockin year so far with stories in anthologies and collections. If you are looking for some good short stories to read, I highly recommend checking these out. First up is S.L. Gilbow’s new short story collection. I’ve been waiting for Gilbow to put out a collection ofContinue reading “2011 Westies Anthologized”

Australian Women Writers Challenge

This year I’m challenging myself to read more books by Australian women authors as part of the Australian Women Writers Challenge. My specific self-challenge is to read six books by Australian women authors in 2013. Here are two of the books I’m planning to read this year: The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo LanaganSelkiesContinue reading “Australian Women Writers Challenge”

Books I’ve Loved: Lovely, Dark and Deep by Amy McNamara

Lovely package my copy arrived in – thank you Amy!  I loved this book. Wren is a great character, and her interactions with others are believable. She’s eighteen, spending a year after high school living at her artist father’s house in the Northeast. All she wants is time alone to process life as it wasContinue reading “Books I’ve Loved: Lovely, Dark and Deep by Amy McNamara”

MFA Flashback: Comprehensive Exam

In addition to coursework, students in the MFA program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks must complete two tasks: compose a thesis and pass a comprehensive exam.  What is this exam? The exam is in February, and MFA students are expected to take it in their second year. It is a pass/ fail exam. IfContinue reading “MFA Flashback: Comprehensive Exam”