“The Nervous Writer” by Steven Flores (MAPH ’10) in Contrary

April 9th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

 

A guest post by Jeff McMahon, MAPH Writing Advisor (MAPH ‘ 02)

S.W. (Steven) Flores (MAPH ’10) has a story in the current issue of Contrary that satirizes creative writing workshops at their less than optimum. Flores is a second-year MFA student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.nervous writer

His story is in no way reflective of the UW-Madison MFA, he says, which he “loves to death!”, or of workshops at Chicago, but the story may be influenced by some other workshops he’s experienced.

“And, really, it’s just fiction.”

Oh, but is fiction ever just fiction? » Read the rest of this entry «

Stephen Tapert (MAPH ’02) Announces Book and Exhibition at The Museo Nazionale del Cinema in Turin

March 21st, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Tapert_CoverFilm historian, writer, and filmmaker Stephen Tapert, who earned his M.A. from The University of Chicago in 2002 and later worked at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is set to curate his first exhibition at the world’s largest film museum: The Museo Nazionale del Cinema in Turin, Italy. » Read the rest of this entry «

AWP 2014: On Giving/Getting Permission

February 28th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

“Find the place that scares you most and run to it.” — Eric McMillan (MAPH ‘10) on writing and, well, life

Talking Craft: (from left) Evan Stoner ('14), Hao Guang Tse ('14), Andy Tybout ('14), Chris Robinson ('14), Joel Calahan ('05, current preceptor), Eric McMillan ('10), Hilary Dobel ('09)

Talking Craft: (from left) Evan Stoner (’14), Hao Guang Tse (’14), Andy Tybout (’14), Chris Robinson (’14), Joel Calahan (’05, current preceptor), Eric McMillan (’10), Hilary Dobel (’09)

Last night, while leading eight current MAPH creative writers on an uphill March from the Seattle’s Washington State Convention Center to Von Trapp’s in Capitol Hill, I was marveling (aloud, perhaps unfortunately for my companions) about what going to the AWP conference can do for an aspiring writer. We were on our way to the second-ever MAPH/UChicago Alumni offsite reading at AWP. Earlier that morning, my colleague A-J Aronstein and I had stopped by a panel featuring the poet and teacher—and reader at last year’s offsite event—Shaindel Beers (MAPH ‘00) entitled the “Art of Difficulty.” Using beautiful language, Shaindel described teaching poetry students in prisons, schools, etc. as finding a way of “giving permission.” To write, one has to believe that they have something worth saying, a voice worth hearing. To Shaindel, it is a writing teacher’s job to nurture that belief, to create a space for it to thrive.

MAPH on the march!

MAPH on the march!

I felt this way last year when I attended the conference as a student, and I feel it even more this year as an alum: what AWP does best is a lot like what MAPH does best. » Read the rest of this entry «

Colloquium Launch Party – November 15 – Sign up now!

November 8th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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The editors of Colloquium invite you to the Third Issue Launch Party/First Birthday Party!

  REGISTER HERE to save yourself a spot.

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Colloquium Features 2013 MAPH Thesis Awards!

September 23rd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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From the Editors:

The MAPH thesis awards are back! While the annals of MAPH history may not be exact as to how long the thesis awards have been absent, we are delighted about their return. » Read the rest of this entry «

Greg Langen on The Odyssey Project Internship: Freedom and its Discontents

September 9th, 2013 § 1 comment § permalink

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The cover page for In Medias Res, the Odyssey Project’s publication.

Check out MAPH Alumnus Greg Langen’s (’13) reflections on his internship at the Odyssey Project. Also be sure to see the Odyssey Project’s latest issue of In Medias Res, edited by Greg Langen. 

 

A liberal arts education is, on the graduation speech level, freedom granting. With the powers of critical thinking and a strong (passable) handle on the English language, no area of culture is barred to those with BAs and the like. MAPH free since June ‘13, I know this notion well. As a humanities masters student I am free to read, free to write, free to deconstruct the laden societal assumptions perpetuated by YouTube commercials, free to know that my notion of the obviousness of my liberal subjecthood is much more complicated than I know or can escape (Althusser fans?), free to alienate nearly everyone around me at one (multiple) point(s) in our relationship (Feel free to skip this section). However, a thing that nobody tells you while you are in the process of freeing your mind (but that all creatures of institutions secretly know) is that freedom can be suffocating. I discovered this on my first day at the Odyssey Project when my boss, the lovely and impassioned Amy Thomas Elder, sat down with me to talk about my class for the upcoming summer. “You are free to do whatever you want,” she told me. “I don’t want to get in your way.” » Read the rest of this entry «

Side Dish Mag: Writing in the AfterMAPH

August 27th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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A post from Emma Martin (AM ’11) on her new writing project, Side Dish mag, a community blog for writers and non-writers alike:

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MAPH Writers!

August 20th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink


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Curious where MAPH writers are now? Wondering what new publications have come out? Check out the recently updated MAPH Writers page on our website. There you’ll find a list of alumni, links to novels, essays, poems, and blogs, and what writers are working on now.

Don’t see your published work there? Please let us know! We would love to feature you and your work on the website.

Colloquium Buzz

August 8th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Issue 2 of Colloquium was featured on Bookforum’s Omnivore blog yesterday!

Also! “The Serpent, Subtle and Brazen: Idolatory, Imagemaking, and the Hebrew Bible,” an essay from Issue 2 by Carina Del Valle Schorske (MAPH ’13) was one of today’s Editor’s Picks over at Mosaic Magazine. She’s in great company with writers from The Times Literary Supplement, Commentary, Middle East Quarterly, and Moment.

Exciting stuff!

 

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Call for Applications – Graham Foundation Grants to Individuals

July 23rd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Those of you who have spent some time exploring Chicago may have come across the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts.  Based in the beautiful Madlener House in Gold Coast, the Foundation puts on exhibitions, screenings, and other public events that promote discussion about architecture and its role in the arts, culture and society. In addition to providing public programming, the Graham Foundation makes grants to both individuals and organizations interested in doing projects “that investigate the contemporary conditions, expand historical perspectives, or explore the future of architecture and the designed environment.”  Although the Foundation’s primary focus is in the field of architecture, its organizers are also looking for work that comes from the humanities, the sciences, and fine arts that addresses questions of architecture and space.

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Applications for the Graham’s 2014 Grants to Individuals are now available online. The deadline to submit an inquiry is September 15, 2013.  There are two types of individual grants offered:  Production and Presentation and Research and Development.  If you are interested in applying you can find more information about eligibility here, and you can also view last year’s recipients here.

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