Celebrated novelist Justin Torres is a highlight of the free evening readings and presentations
Thursday, June 13, 2013
The evening readings include faculty readings, a film, a collaboration of poetry and musical accompaniment, and a June 24 visit by the highly celebrated novelist Justin Torres, author of the exquisite and blistering “We the Animals.” Named one of Salon’s “Sexiest Men of 2011,” Torres received the Rolón United States Artist Fellowship in Literature, and is a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford.
The program also welcomes acclaimed Young Adult novelist Sara Zarr to the Writing for Young People faculty. Another featured event of the series, on Wednesday, June 27, will include poetry by Thomas Sayers Ellis accompanied by saxophonist James Brandon Lewis.
The readings are presented by Lesley’s Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences’ acclaimed Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Program in Creative Writing, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Steven Cramer, Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Director of the MFA in Creative Writing, organizes the summer series.
Cramer, a distinguished poet, is the recipient of the L.A. Times Book Prize Nomination, a Massachusetts Honor Book Citation, the Sheila Motton Prize from the New England Poetry Club, a Massachusetts Artists Foundation Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.
“Lesley’s MFA in Creative Writing began with twenty-two students in 2003, growing over the last ten years to over 100 current students, 300 alumni and 30 faculty,” Cramer says of the program. “We are now a durable part of the Boston/Cambridge literary landscape, and our faculty and alumni regularly contribute to the national wealth of contemporary writing.”
The program has recently been named one of the Top Ten Low-Residency Programs by Poets & Writers magazine. Five years ago, the successful Writing for Stage and Screen track was added. In all five of the program’s genres—fiction, nonfiction, poetry, stage and screen, and writing for young people—students attend two intensive residencies on campus per year, participate in one-on-one distance learning during semesters, and are offered what Cramer calls “online office hours” that provide much individual attention. The residencies build lifelong artistic communities among students and faculty. As part of Lesley’s commitment to community engagement, the MFA program invites the public to attend evening readings and presentations from visiting authors, Lesley faculty, and graduating students.
The readings will take place in Lesley University’s Marran Theater, 34 Mellen Street, Cambridge, Mass.
FRIDAY, JUNE 21
7:15—Reading/Presentation: Screening of film written by Barry Brodsky, writing for stage and screen; Sara Zarr, writing for young people
SATURDAY, JUNE 227:00—Reading: Kyoko Mori, fiction and nonfiction; Pamela Petro, nonfiction
SUNDAY, JUNE 23 7:00—Favorite Poem Reading: MFA Writing Faculty
MONDAY, JUNE 247:00—Reading: Justin Torres, visiting writer, fiction
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 267:00—Reading: Pat Lowery Collins, writing for young people; Thomas Sayers Ellis; poetry; and James Brandon Lewis, accompanist on saxophone
THURSDAY, JUNE 277:00-8:30—Staged Readings by Graduating Stage and Screen Students FRIDAY, JUNE 284:30-5:30—Graduating Student Readings6:30-8:00—Graduating Student Readings
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