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Jan. 15, 2014 / Here’s to the new semester….

The new semester is up and running….David Yezzi is teaching his course on Verse Drama and Satire, along with a course on Poetry Book Reviewing, and David J. Rothman is teaching a course on Fixed Lyrical Forms and Lyrical Genres, another on Historical Foundations of English Prosody and Poetics, and a half-semester on Poetry Pedagogy…. Continue reading

Nov. 11 / A Good Day for David J. Rothman

WSCU Poetry MFA Director David J. Rothman is having a good day. Below find a link to a poem about ski racing that appears today on “Colorado Matters,” the news show of Colorado Public Radio. And here’s a link to a brief story about a visit to the Fountain Valley School (one of Colorado’s best… Continue reading

Oct. 24 / Colorado Flood Benefit Reading at Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver, on Nov. 1

Come one, come all, to this benefit for the flood at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, on Nov. 1 — we’ll have a good time. Excellent poets, a little music, and all for a good cause. Readers include WSCU Poetry MFA Advisory Board Member (and CO Poet Laureate) Dave Mason, along with Poetry MFA Director… Continue reading

Oct. 3 / Andrew Hudgins on Prof. David Yezzi’s New Book, “Birds of the Air”

Andrew Hudgins’s quick take on Professor David Yezzi’s Birds of the Air: There are many fine and engaging poems in David Yezzi’s Birds of the Air, but the one that has stuck in my head for the past three weeks is the long blank-verse narrative at the center of the book. “Tomorrow and Tomorrow” is… Continue reading

October 20 / David J. Rothman’s Latest, “Living the Life: Tales from America’s Mountains and Ski Towns,” Available for Pre-Publication Order

WSCU Poetry MFA Director David J. Rothman’s Living the Life: Tales from America’s Mountains & Ski Towns is forthcoming from Conundrum Press Nov. 5. Info is up on the press web site, along with a blog post here. Many thanks to Caleb Seeling and Sonya Unrein for doing such a splendid job as editors.

July 13 / Rothman and Yezzi Talk the Talk on Crested Butte’s KBUT with Chad Rich

WSCU MFA Poetry Concentration Director David J. Rothman and Faculty member David Yezzi appeared on KBUT’s “West Elk Word” show this past Saturday, interviewed by host Chad Rich. The show has been archived and is available here. Both the Davids read some poetry and discuss the program at length. We are grateful to Chad for… Continue reading

July 13 / WSCU Poetry MFA Faculty Reading at Townie Books in Crested Butte a Roaring Success

Here are a few photos from the reading July 13 at Townie Books in Crested Butte. First come the owners, Arvin Ram and Danica Ayraud, to whom we’re very grateful. Next is David Yezzi, at the podium, and finally the audience, which filled the place. Other readers were David J. Rothman, MFA Director Mark Todd,… Continue reading

June 25 / Felicia Chernesky’s First Book Receives a Superb Review in Publisher’s Weekly

Congratulations to WSCU MFA student Felicia Chernesky, whose first book, Pick a Circle, Gather Squares, has received a glowing review in Publishers Weekly. We take particular delight in this sentence: “Chernesky’s bubbly rhymes keep the story moving swiftly.” A wonderful day for Felicia and for our program. Keep on bubbling…

May 29 / WSCU To Host Reception at West Chester Poetry Conference, June 5

The annual West Chester University poetry conference bacchanalia is upon us. Please join the Western State Colorado University MFA students, faculty, board members, Symposium participants and friends on Wednesday, June 5, at 10 pm (after the opening reading) at the Iron Hill Brewery (3 West Gay St.) for a reception. If you can track down… Continue reading

May 25 / Educators’ Scholarships for 2013 Symposium on Poetry Criticism

I love good news. Thanks to a generous private donation from Phyllis Gottesfeld Knight of Denver that has been matched by Western State Colorado University, the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at WSCU is pleased to offer five scholarships to educators who wish to attend the Symposium on Poetry Criticism as part of… Continue reading