Creative Writing Reunion

THE FALL 2022 GEORGIA COLLEGE ALUMNI WEEKEND IS FRIDAY-SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4-5 (Above: Martin Lammon with Creative Writing Undergrad & MFA Students, alumni, and friends!)

Welcoming Back to the GCSU Campus and Milledgeville Our Undergraduate and Graduate Alumni Writers

Celebrating the MFA Program’s 20th Anniversary

Our reunion is ALL SET for Friday-Saturday, November 4-5. Connect with old friends and other alumni, faculty, and current students. Join us for the whole weekend or as much as you can!

REGISTER DIRECTLY at the Alumni Reunion Creative Writing Registration page for our Saturday Reception & Alumni Reading (FREE) and to sign up for an optional picnic lunch ($10) before the reception & reading. You can learn more about Alumni Weekend at GCSU Alumni Services, including info about discounted lodging options in Milledgeville (reservations due by OCT 14).

For info about all our weekend events, see below. We’re also hosting two downtown gatherings in addition to our Saturday on-campus reception and alumni reading. Please email program administrative assistant Ms. Shordae Carswell by FRIDAY OCT 28 to let us know if you’ll attend other events. ALSO let her know you want to sign up for our Saturday Alumni Reading event: shordae.carswell@gcsu.edu

The 2019 MFA Graduating Class Thesis Reading (pre-pandemic!)
Friday 4:00 p.m. Blackbird Coffee at the NEW Birdhouse Theatre (114 W. Hancock St)

Alumni Memories Downtown

Refreshments provided (folks can also purchase special coffees and other beverages). Impromptu performances, readings, news and special announcements, PLUS a Remembrance of 2009 MFA Graduate Angela Hall. We’ll meet in Blackbird’s new “Birdhouse Theatre” (see above) and have access to the stage. Special thanks to Blackbird owners (and MFA alums) Iona and Jimmy Holder!

Saturday 1:30 p.m. Library’s Pat Peterson Museum Education Room (221 N. Clarke St)

Reception Plus Our Alumni Readings

Join our alumni, faculty and friends for a reception, alumni readings, and more. Please let us know by FRI OCT 28 if you’d like to read your work. Please email Shordae Carswell (see email below) at the program office for more info and to sign up. Above: The 2022 MFA Graduating Class Thesis reading.

Saturday 4:00 p.m. Metropolis Café in their private Backyard Patio (138 N. Wayne St)

Alumni Memories Downtown

Join Martin Lammon and other program alumni, faculty, and friends for Baba Ganouj, Hummus, Spanakopita, Samosa, Kabobs, and other Greek & Indian dishes at Metropolis. Food and beverages provided (folks can also order drinks or special dishes). Above: Current faculty writers Laura Newbern, Kerry Neville, Peter Selgin, Kerry James Evans, and Chika Unigwe.

Let us know you’re coming and sign up for the Saturday afternoon alumni reading! Please email Ms. Shordae Carswell by Friday, October 28: shordae.carswell@gcsu.edu

Remembering 2009 MFA Graduate

Angela C. Hall (1971-2022)

Angela Hall completed her GCSU MFA in Creative Writing (with an emphasis in Scriptwriting), working closely with faculty playwright David Muschell. After graduating from our MFA program in 2009, she would later pursue additional studies at the University of Georgia. She was a recent Dodd Interdisciplinary Fellow at UGA’s MFA in Narrative Writing at the Grady School of Journalism. A Georgia native (from Dublin), she passed away this summer on July 18, 2022. Learn more about her life and her recent work at this Lamar Dodd School of Art web page. We will remember her and celebrate her life at our Friday Blackbird Coffee gathering and throughout our Weekend Reunion.

Finally, Dr. Martin Lammon has created a new scholarship to support incoming first-year MFA in Creative Writing students. If you would like to join him, other faculty, friends, and alumni in supporting this scholarship, you can add your gift to the Creative Writing MFA Alumni Annual Scholarship when you register at the Alumni Reunion Creative Writing registration page.

Celebrating the MFA Program’s 20th Anniversary. Students & faculty writers at AWP-Baltimore, Spring 2003 (L-R): Back, Minal Singh (2003), David Muschell, Kelly Lundy (2005), Scott Hughes (2004), Brent House (2004); Middle: Amy Zipperer (2004), Sarah Prickett (2004), Barry Darugar (2005), Joel Peckham, Sara Pirkle (2004), Wayne Thomas (2003); Front: Martin Lammon, Jessica Edwards (2004), Ruth Knafo Setton, Susan Atefat-Peckham, Rachel Pridgeon (2004). Absent (2004 MFA grads): Traci Burns, Tammy Wyatt, and Bill Lambdin