MFA in Creative Writing Summer Residency Announces Guest Writers and Guest Speakers – The Morning Sun

Alma College’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing program will feature public readings by three guests during its 2022 summer residency.

Deborah Copaken, S. Kirk Walsh and Matthew Dickman will perform readings of their work which are open to the public at Ballyhoo Books, 111 W. Superior St. The summer residency is scheduled for June 16-26 at the Wright-Leppien Opera House at downtown Alma.

Copaken is an author and photojournalist who will give a public reading at 7 p.m. on June 17. Copaken is the author of several books, including Shutterbabe, The Red Book, Between Here and April, and Ladyparts. His photojournalism work has appeared in Time, Newsweek and The New York Times. She also produces and writes her own popular Substack, Ladyparts.

Walsh is a novelist, editor and teacher, who will give a public reading at 7:30 p.m. on June 19 at Ballyhoo Books. Walsh’s debut novel, The Belfast Elephant, is based on real events in Belfast, Northern Ireland during World War II. Now in its fourth printing, the novel has garnered accolades from The New Yorker, the Christian Science Monitor and others, as well as being picked up for several reading lists. She is currently working on a second novel based on events in Detroit in the 1930s and 1940s.

Dickman is a poet who will give a public reading at 7 p.m. on June 24 at Ballyhoo Books. Dickman is the author of All-American Poem, Mayakovsky’s Revolver, Wonderland and Husbandry. He is the recipient of the May Sarton Prize for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, London Review of Books, and Esquire, among others.

In addition to the three guest writers, faculty members of the MFA program are hosting guest reading events throughout the second half of June at Ballyhoo Books:

  • 7 p.m. June 16: Robert Vivian
  • 7 p.m. June 18: Anna Clark
  • 7 p.m. June 19: Matthew Gavin Frank
  • 7 p.m. June 21: Karen E. Bender
  • 7 p.m. June 22: Jim Daniels and Leslie Contreras-Schwartz
  • 7 p.m. June 25: Benjamin Garcia

Finally, at 7:45 p.m. on June 18, MFA students will have their own reading session, also free and open to the public. The reading will be held at Highland Blush, 118 E. Superior St., Alma.

To learn more about public readings or the MFA program at Alma College, contact Program Director Sophfronia Scott at [email protected] or (989) 463-7394.