R260. Janus-Faced: The Writing MFA in Art School and the University

Room 506, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 31, 2016
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


In the university, creative writing is a discipline and art form, traditionally housed in, or near, departments of English. In art and design schools, MFA​ writing programs are newer, and more contested, developments. Today, as material/digital/performative commitments re-shape writing, do art school and the university meet in the writing program? This panel invites discussion from a range of positions, disciplinary and interdisciplinary, in both university and art and design school.



Mairéad Byrne's recent publications include Famosa na sua cabeça (Famous in Your Head), You Have to Laugh: New + Selected Poems, and Jennifer's Family, a collaboration with photographer Louisa Marie Summer. She is a professor of poetry & poetics at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence.

Amaranth Borsuk is a poet working across media platforms. Her most recent book is As We Know, a collaboration with Andy Fitch. Prior books include Handiwork; and, with Brad Bouse, Between Page & Screen. She teaches in the MFA in creative writing and poetics at the University of Washington, Bothell.

John Cayley makes language art using programmable media. Recent work has explored aestheticized vectors of reading (thereadersproject.org) and "writing to be found" within and against the services of Big Software. In future work, he aims to write for a readership that is as much aural as visual.

Peter Gadol is the author of six novels, including Silver Lake, Light at Dusk, and The Long Rain. His short fiction has appeared in Story, Tin House, LARB Quarterly, Story Quarterly, and Bloom. Gadol, a 2014 NEA Fellow, is chair of Graduate Writing at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.

Tracie Morris is a poet, performer, and scholar with an MFA in poetry from Hunter College, a PhD in performance studies from NYU, and has trained at RADA and Michael Howard. She is the author of three poetry books. Tracie is a professor of performance and performance studies at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.


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