MFA in Creative Writing Winter Residency announces guest writers and guest speakers – The Morning Sun


the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at Alma College will offer public readings and presentations by six guests during its winter 2022 residency.

David Mura, S. Kirk Walsh, Peter A. Wright, Jonathan W. Thurston-Torres, Izzy and Dawn Daniels will speak on topics such as writing, editing, oral poetry and storytelling, in a series of speeches. Mura and Walsh will also be performing readings of their work which will be open to the public. The winter residency is scheduled from December 27, 2021 to January 6, 2022, at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center in Roscommon.

Mura is a memorialist, poet, fiction writer, essayist, and literary critic, who will lecture for MFA students at 2 p.m. on December 28 and 10:30 a.m. on December 29. It will give a public reading at 7:00 PM on December 29. Mura’s latest book is A Stranger’s Journey: Race, Identity and Narrative Craft in Writing. He is the author of two memoirs, Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei, which won the Oakland PEN Josephine Miles Book Award and was a New York Times Outstanding Book, and Where the Body Meets Memory.

Walsh is a novelist, editor, and teacher, who will give a 10:30 a.m. talk on December 31 and a 7 p.m. public lecture on January 1. Walsh’s first novel, The Belfast Elephant, inspired by the real events of Belfast, Northern Ireland during World War II, was published by Counterpoint Press in April. Now in its fourth printing, the novel has garnered praise from the New Yorker, the Christian Science Monitor and others, in addition to being selected for several playlists.

Wright, editor / publisher of acquisitions at Running Wild Press, will participate in a panel discussion at 10 a.m. on January 3 and give an informal talk at 11 a.m. on January 4. Two of the books Wright edited won Kirkus Reviews awards and one was named July Book of the Month. A published author of both fiction and creative non-fiction, Wright’s writings can be found in various online and print publications. Her short story, Thirty Seconds to Kill, was published in 2019.

Thurston-Torres, editor for Thurston Howl Publications, Sinister Stoat Press and Fenris Publishing, will participate in a panel discussion at 10 a.m. on January 3. They hold a doctorate. candidate at Michigan State University. They have been an active HIV advocate in Michigan, giving a TEDx talk on the subject, writing a journalistic article titled “Blood Criminals” and recently submitted a chapbook request for poems about HIV.

Izzy is the editor and founder of Weasel Press and editor for Thurston Howl Publications, which will participate in a panel discussion on January 3 at 10 a.m. His work has won him numerous Leo literary awards and the Oxfurred Comma. Inclusivity price. He also works with the adult publishing industry, delving into magazine work and recently wrote and published his own erotic horror collection, Carnage.

Daniels will host a workshop, “The Art of the Speech: Developing the Writer’s Voice for Presentation,” at 9:30 am on January 2nd. Daniels has 25 years of professional experience as a freelance singer, spoken word artist / storyteller, and drama teacher. His master’s degree in divinity studies at the Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Indiana, focused on the ministry of writing and theopoetics. She is the founder and owner of Ballyhoo Books in Alma.

To find out more about the public readings or Alma College’s Master of Fine Arts program, contact the Program Director, Sophfronia Scott, at [email protected] or (989) 463-7394.


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