MFA Reading Series

The MFA Reading Series, presented by ASU's Creative Writing Program, brings notable writers to the ASU community for readings and discussions about writing and their literary works. All readings are free of charge, open to the public, and take place on the Arizona State University campus in Tempe. Past readers include Ian McEwan, Michael Martone, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, Richard Garcia, and Jennifer Spiegel.  2013-2014 MFA Reading Series Poster

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Van Clief StefanonTuesday, March 17, 2015 - 7 p.m., University Club - Tempe Campus

Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon is the author of Open Interval, a 2009 National Book Award finalist,and Black Swan, winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, as well as Poems in Conversation and a Conversation, a chapbook in collaboration with Elizabeth Alexander. Her work has appeared in such journals as African American Review, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, Gulf Coast, and Shenandoah, and in the anthologies Bum Rush the Page, Role Call, Common Wealth, Gathering Ground, and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South. She is currently at work on a third collection, The Coal Tar Colors.


matthew gavin frankMATTHEW GAVIN FRANK (nonfiction writer and poet)

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 - 7:30 p.m., MU 230, Pima Auditorium

Matthew Gavin Frank is the author of the nonfiction books Preparing the Ghost: An Essay Concerning the Giant Squid and Its First Photographer (W.W. Norton: Liveright), Pot Farm, and Barolo, the poetry books The Morrow Plots, Warranty in Zulu, and Sagittarius Agitprop, and the chapbooks, Four Hours to Mpumalanga and Aardvark. His essay collection/cookbook, The Food You Require is Heavier: 50 States, 50 Essays, 50 Recipes, is forthcoming in 2016 from W.W. Norton: Liveright. He teaches creative writing in the MFA Program at Northern Michigan University, where he is the Nonfiction Editor of Passages North. This winter, he prepared his first batch of whitefish liver ice cream. It paired well with onion bagels.

He is an alumnus of ASU's MFA in Creative Writing Program.

 preparing the ghost

MATT BELL (fiction writer and poet)

Wednesday, Sep. 24, 2014 - 7:30 p.m., Language & Literature Building (LL 316)

Matt Bell is the author of the novel In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods, a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award, a Michigan Notable Book, and an Indies Choice Adult Debut Book of the Year Honor Recipient. He is also the author of two previous books, How They Were Found and Cataclysm Baby. In 2015, Soho Press will publish his next novel, Scrapper, followed in 2016 by a new short story collection.

His stories have been published in magazines such as Conjunctions, Gulf Coast, The American Reader, Ninth Letter, Unstuck, Fairy Tale Review, Guernica, and Hobart, as well as anthologies including Best American Mystery Stories and Best American Fantasy. His poems have appeared in Salt Hill, Spork, Barn Owl Review, Waxwing, Tupelo Quarterly, and Big Lucks, among other venues.


The MFA Reading Series is co-sponsored by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.

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