Sunday, October 31, 2010

Fall GLS Exchange

Look what's up!
It's the Fall 2010 GLS Exchange.
There's all kinds of good stuff in here, including some lovely muse news from fellow alumni.
Check it out!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Bonfire Potluck this Saturday

West Egg Literati Autumn Potluck and Bonfire
Saturday, October 23rd at 6:00-10pm
Location: Sarah Hayes' House

Please join your fellow GLS students and alumnae/i for an autumn potluck and bonfire! Some drinks -- there was mention of mead and wine -- and finger food will be provided by our illustrious hosts, but please feel free to bring something to share.  I suggest something warm.

There will be an opportunity to read what we've been working on these past weeks, so feel free to bring something you would like to share with your fellow potluckers.  If you'd like directions, contact West Egg Literati or check out their Facebook page.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Two great events on Friday, October 22

Friday, October 22
Faculty Appreciation Pot Luck Dinner: Made With Love 
GLC Art Gallery

GLS alumni are throwing a potluck to thank faculty for the wonderful teaching and inspiration they have provided over the years.  The event takes place on Friday, October 22 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm in the GLC Art Gallery.  It's that big, old, columned former-library building the GLC was built around.  Come for the architecture, come for the faculty, come for the Water~Stone reading, come for the company, just come! 

Yes, it's before the Water~Stone Reading, so you might happen to be on campus already anyway to snag a good parking spot.  If you’re interested in bringing a dish to share, post your ideas on the Facebook invite OR email  This was a really fun, low-key event last year.  We had a blast, and the faculty who came seemed to have a great time, too. With you there, it will be even better.  See you there!

Friday, October 22 
Water~Stone Reading
Sundin Hall

The annual Water~Stone reading will be held on Friday evening, October 22 at 7:30 pm in Sundin Hall.  The new edition should be here in about two weeks and it is going to be fabulous!  (Take a sneak peek here and be the first to see the new issue at Rain Taxi’s Twin Cities Book Festival, Saturday, October 16 at MCTC in downtown Minneapolis.)  Also, don't forget that now that we're alumni, we can submit to Water~Stone!  (Deadline December 1!)

We hope you will be able to join us for the reading and reception celebrating the 13th volume of Water~Stone Review on October 22.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Twin Cities Book Festival October 16th!

It's October and that means it's time for Rain Taxi's annual Twin Cities Book Festival.

Yes, it's that time already.  This free extravaganza showcasing all things literary is 

Saturday, October 16, 2010
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
at Minneapolis Community & Technical College

Have you seen the author list?!  There is seriously someone for everyone.  Good grief!  We're talking
  • M.T. Anderson (co-sponsored by the Hamline University Creative Writing Program, no less!) at 3:30
  • Mary Catherine Bateson
  • Richard Paul Evans
  • James Howard Kunstler
  • Frederic Tuten
  • Jean Valentine
  • Jeffrey Zaslow 
  • Bruce Lansky
  • Alexander McCall Smith (10-11)
  • and more, if you can believe it.

On top of that, there are panels on 
  • Minnesota Debut Fiction
  • The Changing World of Publishing: Getting Books to Readers
  • The Great Midwest: Regional Writing
  • Views From The Loft (featuring our own Barrie Jean Borich!)
I would be remiss as a comics fan not to mention the panel on Minnesota Comics at 1:30Bill Willingham of Fables (if you haven't read it, go read it now) will be there along with several other excellent panelists.

But wait!  There's more!  Seriously!
  • A children's pavilion
  • Book sales and signings
  • Lit mag fair (be on the lookout for Water~Stone staff members and a huge variety of literary magazines)
  • Publishers
  • Literary organizations

How can there be so much literary goodness in one place?!  How can such an amazing thing occur?!  Find out for yourself!  (Volunteers are appreciated. :)  See you there . . .

If you have an event you'd like us to mention here on the GLaaS blog, just let us know.

Call for Writers/Readers and Submissions

Libby Casey Irwin (MFA 1995-2000) and ArtWorks of Art St Croix want your creative writing!

What they're looking for
  • any creative writing genre (including songs and novel excerpts)
  • family-friendly, yet vibrant, keen, original works
  • authors able to attend a rehearsal on 3 December 2010
  • authors willing to read their pieces on 4 December 2010 (probably under 5 minutes, depending on participation)

If this sounds like you 

Submit up to five literary pieces
  • by November 15, 2010
  • by email to or 
  • via snail mail at Libby Casey Irwin; 2710 Mallard Drive; Woodbury, Minnesota  55125.

Please include
  • e‑mail address
  • snail mail address
  • phone number 
  • a brief description of yourself and your work as a writing artist.

If you have any questions, call Libby at (651) 738‑7223.   (Libby teaches creative writing and coordinates this literary event at the end of the year. She thanks you for your support of a worthy recitation.)

If you have an event or a call for submissions, we'd love to post it on the GLaaS Blog.  Get in touch with us, let us know you'd like us to post on the blog (and what you'd like to post), and we'll do our best to shine the spotlight on you!