Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Four events the week of April 18th

Does GLaaS have a week of fun for you!

April 18th: Book Arts Class with Georgia Greeley at 2 PM
April 20th: Terry Tempest Williams Aperitif at 5:30 PM

Hamline has some fun for you, too!

Terry Tempest Williams is coming to Hamline University and will be doing two events you might love.

Mahle Lecture in Progressive Christian Thought: “Finding Beauty in a Broken World”
Tuesday, April 20
7:30 PM
Hamline United Methodist Church
1514 Englewood Avenue
Saint Paul, MN

“A Writer’s Interview with Terry Tempest Williams”
conducted by faculty member Barrie Jean Borich and MFA student Nuria Sheehan
Wednesday, April 21
7:30 PM
Sundin Music Hall
1531 Hewitt Avenue
Saint Paul, MN

We hope to see you there!

Alumni Happy Hour: April 21

Author Terry Tempest Williams is coming to Hamline!

We’ll be at Sweeney’s Saloon (96 North Dale Street in St. Paul) starting at 5:30 pm.  Around 7:00 we’ll head over to campus for the “Author’s Interview” program that begins at 7:30 pm in Sundin Hall.  GLS Alumni Board will buy the first round of drinks (beer or wine).

The Best Gift You'll Ever Make: April 18th

The Best Gift You'll Ever Make 
Book arts with Georgia Greely
Create keepsakes for graduates
April 18 @ 2 PM
GLS House

More details to come . . .  Stay tuned!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

15 Books Pete Heiden ('09) liked in 2009

From the last six months or so . . .
  • My Self, My Muse: Irish Women Poets Reflect on Life and Art edited by Patricia Boyle Haberstroh
  • True at First Light by Ernest Hemingway
  • No Boundaries, an Anthology of Prose Poems edited by Ray Gonzales
  • Unpacking the Boxes, A Memoir of a Life in Poetry by Donald Hall
  • The Winged Life, Writings of Thoreau edited by Robert Bly
  • Reaching out to the World, New and Selected Prose Poems by Robert Bly
  • A Hundred White Daffodils by Jane Kenyon
  • Where Our Food Comes from: Retracing Nikolav Vavilov’s Quest to End Famine by Gary Paul Nabhan
  • Wolves and the Wolf  Myth in American Literature by S.K. Robisch
  • To and From by G.E. Patterson
  • Eccentric Islands by Bill Holm
  • Grass Dancer by Susan Power
  • A Wilderness Within, the Life of Sigurd Olson by David Backes
  • Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich
  • First Words by Joyce Sutphen

Friday, March 19, 2010

Check out Kathleen Cassen Mickelson's blog: One Minnesota Writer

Name of your blog: One Minnesota Writer
Link to your blog: http://oneminnesotawriter.blogspot.com/
What your blog is about: I talk about writing, submitting, sharing, and the kindnesses that writers and other artists can offer each other. This is not a site for complaints about various editors or writing groups or the multitude of things that can make people upset. But, if you have a story about a kindness that helped you in your creative career, by all means, chime in. What blogs are really about, deep down, is community.
Your name (if you're not blogging anonymously): Kathleen Cassen Mickelson
Year you graduated from Hamline: MFA, creative nonfiction, 1998
When you started blogging: March 2010 (yup, brand new)
Why you blog: I started blogging as a result of my work as a reader, then an editor, at Every Day Poets, an online daily poetry journal. We went through a period where we got some really rude comments from readers who clearly did not write poetry themselves, and I began to ponder why people feel they can be so much ruder online than in person. I'd like to be a kinder presence on the blogosphere.
Who your intended audience is: Anyone interested in writing, making art, or the creative process. I post links to my blog weekly via Facebook, LinkedIn, mnartists.org, ning, and other places on the Internet as I discover them.
What blogs you like to read:  Some of my favorites are Brevity's Creative Nonfiction Blog, Poetic Asides with Robert Lee Brewer, Life on the Periphery, and New Pages Blog.
Advice to or question for bloggers: No advice - I'm too new. But please visit my blog and leave some comments. I'd love to hear from you. Thanks! 

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Alumni Poetry Book Club: March 30

The Hamline GLS Alumni are hosting a Poetry Book Club on the last Tuesday of each month from 7:30-9pm at Jean Larson's house. On March 30, we will discuss the book Little Boat by Jean Valentine.

This is an incentive for graduates interested in poetry to read a whole book of poems, to come up with questions/insights/what works what doesn't/favorite moments, and discuss them with alumni. You can sit back, engage, read part, read all. Come monthly, come sometimes. Flexible and low key-unless someone decides to raise a ruckus!-you know how poetry can affect some of us.

Please email Jean at jeanielars@comcast.net for more information.

Wonderful worlds

Since we're having a world-building night, I figured I'd ask the three folks leading it to talk about some books they love that have wonderfully crafted worlds.  Here are there responses . . .

Dave says
  • The Earthsea Trilogy by Ursula K. Le Guin: The original "waterworld."
  • The Dark Tower series: Roland the Gunslinger is hands down Stephen King's greatest character, even if the series got wobbly after Wasteland.
  • 1984 by George Orwell: Big brother is watching you...everywhere.
  • Ringworld by Larry Niven: A very detailed book about a (literally) manufactured world.
  • Only Forward by Michael Marshall Smith: Set in a futuristic city where every neighborhood has a different theme.  One neighborhood changes color constantly, another is run by cats.  Not talking cats-just cats.
  • The Great Gatsby: With this one short book, F. Scott Fitzgerald created a glittery world of 1920's wealth and longing.  When the narrator attends a party, you can taste the cocktails.
  • Don Quixote: Miguel Cervantes creates vivid, dusty Spain-then he sets an old dreamer loose upon it who is living in a world of his own.
Jeff says
  • Hobbit / Lord of the Rings / Silmarillion: Tolkien's Middle Earth is probably the seminal and most well constructed fantasy world there is.  He spent most of his life (decades) creating it, its history, the history and movement of its people, and even a number of the different languages, down to syntax, sentence structure, and alphabets. Seriously, the guy was a language professor who wanted to create new languages, and made a world and a new history to fit them.  I don't think we can talk about world building without mentioning Tolkien.
  • Chronicles of Narnia: Not nearly as well constructed as Middle Earth, but I think Narnia also merits mentioning because for quite some time it was the pre-eminent fantasy world for children.  It's been supplanted by Harry Potter, but it's still very relevant (they're still making movies of it!).
Satish says
  • His Dark Materials Series by Phillip Pullman: Though I loved the Harry Potter series, I do feel the world of 'His Dark Materials' is much more sophisticated.  I loved that it really portrayed the ideas of 'outer and inner self' in some fantastic ways. By using the 'Daemon' Pullman characterized one individual using 2 beings. 
I do love comic books, but due to their ongoing nature, they are extremely wild where anything goes, and many times contradict any structure that they have. However, limited series comic books have a much tighter hold of things as it is meant to be one story with a beginning middle and end. Such as...
  • Transmetropolitan: I don't think there is a single page where there is not a trail of cigarette smoke, and it is a must for any fans of Gonzo reporting that was started by Hunter S Thompson. The corrupted use of Nano technology, dirty politics, and vicious media are all things that the disgruntled crude reporter 'Spider Jerusalem' is fighting
  • Y: the Last Man: A great series about a world where every male has died except for a man and his monkey. Enough said.
What do you say?

What book worlds do you love best?  Which ones do you revisit over and over again?  Do share. :)

Welcome to our Worlds!

Join Hamline MFA Alumni David Oppegaard, Jeff Smieding and host Satish Jayaraj as they present their respective sci-fi and fantasy worlds.

The writers will each do a short presentation about their worlds and the inspirations and thought process that has gone into its creation before taking questions from the audience. Though the presenters may read from their work, their creative process will be the primary focus.

March 11 @ 7 PM
Giddens Learning Center 100 E
Hamline University
This event is open to the public.

David Oppegaard lives in St. Paul, MN. He is the author of the Bram Stoker-nominated The Suicide Collectors and the newly released Wormwood, Nevada. Each novel he writes is different- they range somewhere between literary fiction, speculative fiction, horror fiction, and dark fantasy-and the worlds he builds for each is subsequently different as well. Even David is sometimes confused by the genre mishmash inside his head.

Jeff Smieding is a graduate of the MFA program at Hamline University. His debut novel, And In Their Passing, A Darkness, is a dark fantasy fairy tale in the style of the Brothers Grimm, and is represented by Red Sofa Literary. Throughout the past ten years, Smieding has performed live in local bands Kentucky Gag Order and Belles Of Skin City, as well as given literary performances in art galleries, bars, and bookstores with The Lit 6 Project, Electric Arc Radio, Talking Image Connections, and the Riot Act Reading Series. Truly, Smieding is a Minneapolitan Man-about-town. He's pretty cool.

Satish Jayaraj is a 2009 Hamline Alumni whose thesis was Secret Of The Naga Dragons a young adult fantasy novel. He is inspired primarily by global mythology and is always striving in his fiction to find a balance between universal mythological symbolism and individuality while also honoring the pure joy of storytelling.
Of late, more to his surprise than anyone else's, he has also found himself hosting other literary events such as Chris Title's "Barbaric Yawp" Open Mics. This is the second event he has hosted through the Graduate Liberal Studies Alumni Association (GLAAS).