Alumni Writers Extravaganza

Stack of books imageThis major event takes place every three years.  The next AWE will be in 2018.  Please check back for more information as it becomes available.

 

The OSU Creative Writing Program and the Alumni Writers Extravaganza were featured in the Sept-Oct 2015 issue of the Alumni Magazine!  Alumni Magazine Feature

 

The Alumni Writers Extravaganza is a celebration of Ohio State alumni creative writers — and of creating writing at the Ohio State University.
 

In the fall of 2015, we were very happy to bring home to Ohio State a dazzling group of both MFA and undergraduate creative writing alumni, who showcased their new books and also offered wisdom and counsel about the writing life once the OSU nest has been fled.  Full details about the event are below.

 

 

Schedule of Events


FRIDAY EVENING  OCTOBER 2, 2015


 

WELCOME HOME GALA at the FAWCETT CENTER

(This event is open to all current OSU MFA and undergraduate creative writing students, OSU MFA and creative writing alumni, and invited guests.)
 
POETRY, FICTION, AND NONFICTION READING AT 7:30 PM
Erin Belieu (Slant Six), Claire Vaye Watkins (Gold Fame Citrus), and Mac McClelland (Irritable Hearts). Barnes & Noble will sell books on site from 7:15pm-9:00pm.
 
DANCE PARTY with DJ Ann Glaviano until 11:00pm.  Cash bar and light refreshments available.
 
 
 

SATURDAY  OCTOBER 3, 2015


All readings and panels are free and open to the public.

MORNING READING: FICTION AND POETRY AT 10:00 AM
Barnes & Noble Event Space 

Yona Harvey (Hemming the Water), TaraShea Nesbit (The Wives of Los Alamos), and Natalie Shapero (No Object)
 
**Grab lunch on the way as you head over to Denney – feel free to bring it to the panel.
 
 

LUNCHTIME PANELS (11:30 AM – 1:00 PM) (CHOOSE ONE)

The Death of the Story Collection? (Don’t Write That Obit Yet) — Denney 214
Claire Vaye Watkins and Douglas Watson on putting together and publishing a first collection of stories. Panel moderated by second-year MFA fiction writer Noelle O’Reilly. 
 
Great Expectations: Writing and Publishing Your First Novel — Denney 311
TaraShea Nesbit, Michael Kardos, and Gabriel Urza. Panel moderated by third-year MFA fiction writer Angela So.
 
Walking the Line: Facts, Research, Memory, and Memoir — Denney 206
Mac McClelland, Ira Sukrungruang, Joe Oestreich, and Rebecca Barry. Panel moderated by second-year MFA nonfiction writer Samantha Tucker Iacovetto.
 
Poebiz GPS: Navigating the Poetry World — Denney 238
Andrea Scarpino, Natalie Shapero, Lo Kwa Mei-en, and Erin Belieu. Panel moderated by third-year MFA poet Cait Weiss.
 
 

AFTERNOON PANELS (1:15 – 2:45 PM) (CHOOSE ONE)

The Alt-Ac Life (Writers Who Don’t Teach for A Living) — Denney 311
Mac McClelland, Mike Alber, Shari Goldhagen, and Douglas Watson talk about their lives and making a living, post-MFA. Panel moderated by MFA alumna Ann Glaviano. 
 
Go Back, Jack, Do It Again: A Panel for Poets — Denney 206
Maggie Smith, Erin Belieu, and Lesley Jenike on writing and publishing their second books. Panel moderated by MFA Program Visiting Assistant Professor Marcus Jackson.
 
SPECIAL PANEL FOR UNDERGRAD AND NEWLY GRADUATED ENGLISH MAJORS
What Are You Gonna Do With That? (How My OSU English Degree Prepared Me for My Life) — Denney 214
OSU English/Creative Writing undergrad alumni TaraShea Nesbit, Bryan Wynbrandt, Rochelle Hurt, and Sage Boggs talk about their writing and their lives, and the paths they’ve taken since graduating. Panel moderated by Pablo Tanguay, Program Coordinator for Undergraduate Studies, OSU English. 
 
 

AFTERNOON READING: NONFICTION AND POETRY AT 3:00 PM
Denney 311 

Joe Oestreich (Lines of Scrimmage), Ira Sukrungruang (Southside Buddhist), and Matt Zambito (The Fantastic Congress of Oddities). Barnes & Noble will sell books on site.
 
 

LATE AFTERNOON/EVENING PANELS (4:30 – 6:00 PM) (CHOOSE ONE)

Going the Distance: From Stories to Novels — Denney 311
Claire Vaye Watkins, Michael Kardos, Shari Goldhagen, and Douglas Watson—four writers whose first books were story collections—talk about the transition. Panel moderated by second-year MFA fiction writer David Yee.
 
Are We There Yet? (A Panel for Poets:  On Writing and Publishing Your First Book) — Denney 206
Matt Zambito, Rochelle Hurt, Andrea Scarpino, and Lo Kwa Mei-en. Moderated by MFA alumna Michelle Burke.
 
Live from New York—and LA! (OSU CW Alumni on Getting Started in Television) — Denney 214
Mike Alber, Bryan Wynbrandt, and Sage Boggs. Moderated by Angus Fletcher, OSU English/MFA/Film Studies screenwriting professor.
 
**Dinner on your own.
 
 

EVENING READING: FICTION AT 8:00 PM
Barnes & Noble Event Space

Shari Goldhagen (In Some Other World, Maybe), Douglas Watson (A Moody Fellow Finds Love and then Dies), and Gabriel Urza (All That Followed
 
 
 

SUNDAY  OCTOBER 4, 2015


All readings and panels are free and open to the public.

MORNING READING: POETRY AT 11:00 AM
Barnes & Noble Event Space

Lo Kwa Mei-en (Yearling), Lesley Jenike (Holy Island), Rochelle Hurt (The Rusted City), and Andrea Scarpino (Once, Then)
 
**Grab lunch on the way as you head over to Denney –feel free to bring it to the panel.
 
 

AFTERNOON PANEL (12:30-2:00 PM) (CHOOSE ONE)

A Job for Life: Getting (and Keeping) A Tenure-Track Teaching Position — Denney 311
Andrea Scarpino, Joe Oestreich, and Lesley Jenike. Panel moderated by OSU MFA alumnus Silas Hansen, Assistant Professor of English (Creative Writing) at Ball State University. 
 
The Last Thing You Expected: Writing Popular Literary Fiction — Denney 214
Michael Kardos, Shari Goldhagen, and TaraShea Nesbit talk about what we talk about when we talk about “popular.” And “literary.” Moderated by MFA Program Professor Lee Martin. 
 
 

LATE AFTERNOON PANEL (2:15 – 3:45 PM)

The Balancing Act: Work and Life — Denney 311
Maggie Smith, Joe Oestreich, Douglas Watson, Michael Kardos, and Rebecca Barry on how to make it work: writing, jobs, kids, sanity, etc. Moderated by second-year MFA poet Suzannah Showler.
 
 

EVENING READING: FICTION, POETRY, AND NONFICTION AT 4:30 PM
Barnes & Noble Event Space

Michael Kardos (Before He Finds Her), Maggie Smith (The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison), and Rebecca Barry (Recipes for a Beautiful Life: A Memoir in Stories)
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