R248. Get Out of Town: Fulbright Opportunities for Writers

Room 303, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 3
Thursday, February 27, 2014
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Four writers who have received fellowships for work and study around the globe from the Fulbright Scholar Program will discuss the application process for receiving funding and share their experiences as Fulbright scholars. Panelists will provide advice on navigating the complicated world of fellowship opportunities, provide their best strategy tips for maximizing application success, talk about the realities of teaching abroad, and read work that derived from their Fulbright experiences.



Jeffrey Thomson is the author of four books of poems, including Birdwatching in Wartime, winner of both the 2010 Maine Book Award and the 2011 ASLE Award in Environmental Creative Writing, and Renovation. In 2012, he was the Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry.

Christopher Bakken is the author of two books of poetry, After Greece and Goat Funeral, and the culinary memoir, Honey, Olives, Octopus. He is also co-translator of The Lions’ Gate: Selected Poems of Titos Patrikios. He teaches at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania.

Poet Marianne Boruch's recent collection, The Book of Hours, won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, 2013. Her eighth collection, Cadaver, Speak, is due out in 2014. She's also written a memoir, The Glimpse Traveler, and two essay collections on poetry. She teaches at Purdue University and Warren Wilson College.

Ann Fisher-Wirth is the author of four books of poems, most recently Dream Cabinet and Carta Marina, and coeditor of the newly published, Ecopoetry Anthology. She has had senior Fulbrights to Switzerland and Sweden. She teaches at the University of Mississippi.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center