This weekend marks the 10th Anniversary of the Queens University of Charlotte MFA Program. Ten years ago this month, I made my first of many visits to the Charlotte, NC campus–then called Queens College–to develop my writing skills and to join a writing community that has far exceeded my expectations.
Naturally, there’s a party. And more than a party, there are workshops and seminars for alums, because the learning never stops. I’ll be workshopping a piece of a new novel, listening to lectures and panels, and did I mention the parties?
One of the highlights of the long weekend will be the launch of Boomtown: Explosive Writing From Ten Years of the Queens University of Charlotte MFA Program.
The anthology looks great and includes work by many faculty from the program (Jonathan Dee, Elizabeth Strout, Pinckney Benedict, Fred Leebron, Dan Mueller, Cathy Smith Bowers, Peter Stitt, Robert Polito, Ann Cummins, and others) and students/alums (Clifford Garstang, Susan Meyers, Mary Beth Ray, Linera Lucas, Kevin Jones, Gwynyth Mislin, Annette Gendler and many others).
I’m very pleased to have a story in this anthology, and also glad that the book is available for purchase on Amazon and will soon be available elsewhere.