Virtual Symposium Followup

A week ago was the first day of the 32nd annual Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium at Mississippi University for Women. For the first time in those 32 years, our symposium was totally virtual, something that is happening with a lot of events this year. The photo we used for our cover was taken a fewContinue reading “Virtual Symposium Followup”

Book Review: Beth Kander, Original Syn

Original Syn by Beth Kander My rating: 5 of 5 stars Though I haven’t been a huge sci-fi fan in many years, Original Syn lives up to some of the best classic science fiction I read when that was a mainstay in my reading life. The novel is inventive, has compelling characters, and has aContinue reading “Book Review: Beth Kander, Original Syn”

Book Review: Katy Simpson Smith, The Everlasting

The Everlasting by Katy Simpson Smith My rating: 4 of 5 stars The Everlasting is an ambitious historical novel that confronts literature’s central questions about love and death in novel ways. The frailty of the body and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of mortality are explored through the lives of aContinue reading “Book Review: Katy Simpson Smith, The Everlasting”

Virtual Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium

It’s October, and that means a big part of my job involves the Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium. Usually, I would be lining up catering, coordinating with Resources Mangaement on setting up Poindexter Hall, getting a van to shutttle our writers to and from their hotel, sending maps and directions for how to get to campus,Continue reading “Virtual Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium”

Do You Need an MFA to Be a Writer?

This morning WordPress showed me a link to this post: You Don’t Need an MFA to Be a Writer by Roxanna Coldiron. Though I direct a low-residency MFA program, I couldn’t agree more. I liked the post, but there was no way to comment, so I decided to write my response here. In her post,Continue reading “Do You Need an MFA to Be a Writer?”