Friday, June 25, 2010

The new GLS Exchange has arrived!

If you didn't receive the new GLS Exchange through email on Thursday 24 June, you can check it out here.

I'd also recommend letting GLS know your preferred and current email address, as well, so you can be notified of future issues as they are published.

This new, turbo-charged version of the Exchange contains all the content you looked forward to in the paper version and more. Be sure to check out fun additions like The View from West Egg and the Alumni Corner for updates on how you can connect. I'm looking forward to the In the Classroom and the Beyond the Classroom features, myself. Maybe all this community news will inspire you to send us an alumni update or a reading list or book review of your own.

Just because you've graduated doesn't mean you can't still be part of the great GLS community. :)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Michael Kiesow Moore ('99) invites you to write peace into your life this summer

Hi there,

I'm a Hamline MFA alumnus (1999), and I'd like to let everyone know about a week-long class I'll be teaching on Madeline Island this summer. Here are the details:

Writing Peace into Your Life
August 8 to August 13, 2010
All levels / multi-genre

At the peaceful setting of Madeline Island we will spend a week exploring many aspects of peace. If you had peace in your life, what would it look like? How can you use your own inner peace to benefit your family, community, and world? The goal of this class is to have students consciously explore the nature of peace through writing. In the process, we can discover deep truths about ourselves and how we relate to the world.

We'll read and discuss writings by Thich Nhat Hanh, Mohandas Gandhi, and others. Guided meditations and walks in the beautiful island setting will return students to their own sense of inner peace. Students will pull from their own craft toolkits of poetry, creative nonfiction, or fiction, at all levels of writing.

As writers-and as caring human beings-we will meet at the crossroads of peace, creativity, and imagination to inspire hope for the future, deepen our connections to ourselves and others, and inspire each other to use our creativity for peace.

For further information and registration, see (NOTE: You might want to use Internet Explorer to view this site, not Firefox .)

If you have any questions, let me know. Thanks!


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Come to next year's MALS Forum

If you didn't make it out to the MALS Forum in April, be sure to be on the lookout for this event next year. It was frankly fascinating to see what MALS graduates have been writing about. Seriously. From even this small number of presenters, I got to hear about topics from history to sociology to religion to politics to family and beyond.

The only irritating thing about these MALS graduate presentations is the same thing that's irritating about the parallel graduate readings for MFA students: you want to hear more!

Be on the lookout next spring for this intriguing event, and be sure to come hear smart people talk about things they've been thinking hard and writing beautifully about. It's well worth your time.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

TalkingImageConnection (TIC) reading June 17th

Fitting the Profile
a reading presented by TIC and the Tychman Shapira Gallery

Thursday June 17th @ 7PM
Sabes Jewish Community Center
4330 S. Cedar Lake Road
Minneapolis, MN

Naomi Cohn * Geoff Herbach * Rebecca Kanner * Judith Katz * Alison Morse * Margie Newman

respond to 
the exhibit "Profiling: Exploring The Faces of Diversity Within The Jewish Community"

For more information, email

These performances are always a blast and usually have at least one of your fellow alumni.  Be sure to experience a reading this summer, and remember that TIC is always looking for new participants.   Email TIC a story or piece of creative non-fiction or three poems, along with a description of your past experience as a reader and your interest in visual art.