The Alan Cheuse International Center kicks off its’s centennial celebration of famed novelist, essayist, and famed orator James Baldwin with Baldwin100-Reads: an initiative seeking to unite readers across the DC-MD-VA region with a common book list of Baldwin’s work.
This February, MFA students Chelsea Lebron and Jaime Goh will be teaching creative writing courses for the Mason Community Arts Academy, the community arts education division of George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. For the first time at Mason, MFA teaching assistants were given the opportunity to apply to teach a creative writing course of their own design for the academy.
Priyanka Champaneri (BA '05, MFA '10) was named one of 35 recipients of a 2024 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts. Creative Writing Fellowships of $25,000 are awarded in alternating years in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry, giving recipients the time and space to create, revise, conduct research, and connect with readers.
We are thrilled to announce the third year of Poetry Alive!, a program that seeks to uplift and empower students at the Fairfax Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) in their creative writing through interactive classes focused on contemporary poetry. Made possible through funding by ArtsFairfax, the 2024 program will allow JDC student poets to collaborate with visiting writers and three teaching fellows from George Mason University’s MFA in Creative Writing program, Nicholas Ritter, Katey Funderburgh, and Chelsea Lebron.
Stillhouse Press launched two new novels in November, T.N. Eyer’s Finding Meaning in the Age of Immortality and Josh Denslow’s Super Normal. These publications represent the first novels and the first works of speculative fiction published by Stillhouse Press, an independent teaching press staffed by students and alumni of George Mason University's graduate and undergraduate creative writing programs and affiliated with Mason’s Watershed Lit: Center for Literary Engagement and Publishing Practice.
On November 8th, the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center will convene four poets, to read and discuss their work on the Arlington campus’s Mason Exhibitions art gallery. Edited by poets Carolyn Forché and Ilya Kaminsky, this anthology is a critical reminder of the struggles Ukrainians are facing in light of war, and serves as a beacon of hope, determination, and reckoning for Ukrainians across the globe in their continual fight for democracy.