F127. Stoking the Fire: Maintaining the Passion for Writing when Success Eludes

Room 101, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 1
Friday, February 28, 2014
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Most writers start out on their literary journeys with high goals, whether that means a book deal, teaching job, publication in major literary journals, or some other tangible achievement. But if personal goals are not realized, how does a writer keep going? This panel features four writers who have created writing lives and have maintained their artistic focus while dealing with rejection, lack of community, post-MFA depression, all while juggling responsibilities of family and day jobs.



Joe Ponepinto is the Book Review Editor for the Los Angeles Review. He is a creative writing instructor for a Michigan arts organization. His stories have appeared in journals such as Prime Mincer, Passager, and others. He has an MFA from Northwest Institute of Literary Arts.

Q Lindsey Barrett, assistant fiction editor of Hunger Mountain, is a writing teacher, conference speaker, and member of the National Book Critics Circle. She received her MFA in Fiction from Vermont College. Her work appears in Drunken Boat, Wordstock Ten, and Los Angeles Review.

Teri Carter’s stories can be found in Columbia, Post Road, Redivider, and other journals and anthologies. She has a BA from the University of Minnesota, where she was awarded the Marcella de Bourg Fellowship in creative writing, and she holds an MFA from San Jose State University.

Kobbie Alamo, college writing teacher, is president of the Whidbey Writers MFA Alumni Association. Winner of the Glendon Swarthout’s Best-Fiction Award, and a finalist in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel contest. Examples of her work can be found in Hunger Mountain, Red Cedar Review, and Gray Areas.


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