Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Join the January 2021 Residency: Public Readings & Events

Indigo Moor and Debra Marquart Reading

Join the Stonecoast MFA community for a week of inspiring readings and discussions with Stonecoast’s award-winning faculty and guest writers, January 7-17th, 2021. Evening events are free and open to the public and will be hosted online through Zoom. 

Please fill out this RSVP form by 3:00 p.m. EST on the day of the event that you would like to attend. An email with Zoom connection information will be sent to the email address that you provide.



Thursday, January 7, 7:00 p.m. EST

Faculty Reading: Chen Chen, David Anthony Durham, Cara Hoffman 


Friday, January 8, 7:30 p.m. EST

Faculty Reading: JJ Amaworo Wilson, Debra Marquart, Elizabeth Searle  


Saturday, January 9, 7:30 p.m. EST

Faculty Reading: Tobias Buckell, Susan Conley, Martín Espada 


Sunday, January 10, 7:30 p.m. EST

Faculty Reading: Lauren Marie Schmidt, Suzanne Strempek Shea, Morgan Talty (Stonecoast alum) 


Monday, January 11, 7:30 p.m. EST

Faculty Reading: Rick Bass, Breena Clarke, Elizabeth Hand, Cate Marvin 


Tuesday, January 12, 7:30 p.m. EST -- SPECIAL EVENT

The Task Before Us: The Rhetoric of Rage

Morgan Talty (Stonecoast alum), Shay Stewart-Bouley (guest), Cara Hoffman, Panagiotis Kechagias (guest) 

Rhetoric is concerned with the art of persuasion, engaging both logic and emotion. How is the rhetoric of rage used by authors? When and how should it be deployed? How might the pathos of rage affect the elements of story? In what ways can the use of rage both succeed and fail in the purpose of storytelling? In fiction, we are concerned with empathetic embodiment--convincing the reader that imagination is akin to experience. But who is allowed to express rage in society and on the page? As writers, how should we use and reconcile this emotion in our work? We're concerned with these questions, concerned with the ethics of emotion in storytelling as well as the injustices ill-informed uses of emotion have evinced to manipulate readers and ultimately perpetuate false knowledge and, in some cases, to precipitate very real acts of violence. 

This winter, the Stonecoast MFA Writing for Inclusivity and Social Equity (WISE) Initiative's ongoing lecture series will examine the role of art in fighting -- and also creating -- systemic oppression and explore what might happen if you invite the Furies to join you at your writing table. 


Thursday, January 14, 7:30 p.m. EST

Faculty Reading: Faith Adiele, Aaron Hamburger, Robert Levy 


Friday, January 15, 7:30 p.m. EST

In Conversation: Creative and Literary Engagement

An intimate talk about staying engaged and committed to creative expression during difficult times. 

Alzenira Quezada, Justin Tussing, Melanie Viets, and Others


Saturday, January 16, 7:30 p.m. EST

Faculty Reading: Ron Currie Jr., Theodora Goss, Katherine Larson  


Sunday, January 17, 7:00 p.m. EST 

Stonecoast MFA Graduation

Join us in celebrating the conclusion of the January 2021 Residency and saluting our newest Stonecoast graduates! 

To attend any of the above events, please fill out this RSVP form by 3:00 p.m. EST on the day of the event.