“Art is Not a Place to Take Cover”: A Masterclass with Maggie Nelson

Last month, Maggie Nelson came to the University of Idaho to give a reading, a craft talk with her friend and colleague Brian Blanchfield, and teach a weekend-long masterclass on writing nonfiction. Known for her poetry, memoir, and auto-theory (autobiographical theory) exploring queer politics and the limits of language, she drew in quite a crowd. … More “Art is Not a Place to Take Cover”: A Masterclass with Maggie Nelson

“A Mad Rush to Grab All the Books”: A Guest Post by Stephanie Hamilton

AWP, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, hosts a yearly conference that brings writers, literary journals, publishers, and schools together. This March, in Portland, distinguished writers served on panels, discussing topics of interest ranging from pedagogy, intersectionality, career advice, and genre-specific issues. Readings were hosted on and off-site. There were book signings, raffles, business … More “A Mad Rush to Grab All the Books”: A Guest Post by Stephanie Hamilton

“that poetry / isn’t revolution but a way of knowing / why it must come”: A Guest Post by Ryan Downum

Recently, the poet Roger Reeves visited UI for this semester’s Distinguished Visiting Writer week, to teach a poetry master class, give a reading, and participate in a craft talk. Second-year poet Ryan Downum, who attended the master class, wrote the following post about his experience with Reeves. Throughout the week Roger Reeves spent in our … More “that poetry / isn’t revolution but a way of knowing / why it must come”: A Guest Post by Ryan Downum

Shark Poems at BookPeople: A Reading from Poet Rob Carney

Poet Rob Carney reads from his latest collection The Book of Sharks (Black Lawrence Press, 2018), at BookPeople of Moscow, an independent bookstore on Main Street. The MFA program books BookPeople for a lot of readings. Earlier this month, two poets; last Spring, a thesis defense; last fall, our newest nonfiction professor. He pulls a … More Shark Poems at BookPeople: A Reading from Poet Rob Carney