Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Stonecoast MFA Public Schedule for Winter 2012 Residency


8:00 p.m.                     Welcome Remarks and Faculty Introductions

                                    Annie Finch, Director

                                    Harraseeket Inn – Casco Room

8:15 p.m.                     Flash Faculty Readings

Faculty Flash Readings I: Faculty members will share three minutes of their work.

Tony Barnstone, Sarah Braunstein, David Durham, Annie Finch, Aaron Hambuger, Joy Harjo Nancy Holder, Cait Johnson, James Patrick Kelly, Debra Marquart

Harraseeket Inn – Casco Room                       


 7:30 p.m.                     Faculty and Guest Readings

                                    Boman Desai (Nancy Swan) and Elizabeth Hand (James Patrick Kelly,)

                                    Harraseeket Inn – Casco Room

 Boman Desai (Fiction) is the author of four novels: The Memory of Elephants, Asylum, USA, A Woman Madly in Love, and Servant, Master, Mistress. He has been published in the US, UK, and India in such periodicals as Another Chicago Magazine, Gay Chicago Magazine, Weber Studies, Sonora Review, The Times of India, and The Chicago Tribune. His nonfiction novel, TRIO, grounded in the lives of the Schumanns and Brahms, was offered as a premium during a pledge drive at XLNC1 (Chula Vista), and endorsed by Zubin Mehta. His work has won prizes from the Illinois Arts Council, Stand Magazine (fiction), Dana Awards (novel), and The Memory of Elephants was submitted for the Booker Prize by Andre Deutsch. Boman has taught at Truman College and Roosevelt University. He was invited to be Artist-in-Residence at the Seaside Institute, but chose instead to attend the residency at Stonecoast. He is also a Brahms scholar.

 Elizabeth Hand (Popular Fiction, Fiction) A couple of years after seeing Patti Smith perform, Elizabeth flunked out of college and became involved in the nascent punk scenes in DC and NYC. From 1979-1986 she worked at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air & Space Museum; she was eventually readmitted to university to study cultural anthropology, and received her B.A. She is the author of many novels, including Winterlong, Waking the Moon (Tiptree and Mythopoeic Award-Winner), Glimmering, and Mortal Love, and three collections of stories, including Saffron and Brimstone. Her fiction has received the Nebula, World Fantasy, Mythopeoic, Tiptree and International Horror Guild Awards. Her novels have been chosen as New York Times and Washington Post Notable Books. She has been awarded a Maine Arts Commission Fellowship. A regular contributor to the Washington Post Book World and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, she lives with her family on the Maine Coast.


  7:30 p.m.                     Faculty and Guest Readings

                                    Martín Espada (guest) (Roger Bonair Agard)  

                                    Harraseeket Inn – Casco Room

Martín Espada (guest) Called“the Latino poet of his generation” and “the Pablo Neruda of North American authors,” Martín Espada was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1957. He has published more than fifteen books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His new collection of poems is called The Trouble Ball (Norton, 2011). The Republic of Poetry, a collection published by Norton in 2006, received the Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. An earlier book of poems, Imagine the Angels of Bread (Norton, 1996), won an American Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the Robert Creeley Award, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, the USA Simon Fellowship and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Espada is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.


 7:30 p.m.                     Faculty and Guest Reading

                                    Jaed Coffin (Barbara Hurd) and Elizabeth Searle (Suzanne Strempek Shea) 

                                    Harraseeket Inn – Casco Room

Jaed Coffin (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction) is the author of A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants (Da Capo/Perseus), a memoir which chronicles his experience as a Buddhist monk in his mother's native village in Thailand. Jaed has spoken widely at universities and colleges where his book is taught as a common text in multicultural curriculum initiatives. Jaed’s next book, Roughhouse Friday (Riverhead/Penguin), is about the year he fought as the middleweight champion of a barroom boxing show in Juneau, Alaska. Recently, Jaed has served as the 2009 William Sloane Fellow at Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the 2009-10 Wilson Fellow in Creative Writing at Deerfield Academy, and the 2008 Resident Fellow at the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska. A graduate of Stonecoast MFA, Jaed currently lives and writes in Portland, Maine.

 Elizabeth Searle (Fiction, Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) has a new novel, Girl Held in Home, was released in 2011. She is the author of Celebrities in Disgrace, a novella which was produced as a film in 2010; A Four-Sided Bed, a novel nominated for an ALA book award; and a story collection, My Body to You, winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Prize. Elizabeth's theater works have drawn national media attention. Her Tonya and Nancy: The Rock Opera premiered in 2008 to coverage from the AP, Good Morning America, CNN, CBS and elsewhere; a new production is being produced in Boston in 2011. Her Tonya & Nancy: the Opera (most recently performed in 2010) drew coverage from NPR, ESPN, the NYT and more. Elizabeth has published stories in magazines such as RedbookPloughshares, and Kenyon Review and anthologies such as Don't You Forget About Me (Simon & Schuster). She won Boston's 2010 Literary Death Match.


  7:30 p.m.                    Faculty and Guest Reading

                                    Barbara Hurd (Tammy Harkins) and Alexs Pate (Debra Marquart)  

                                    Harraseeket Inn – Casco Room

Barbara Hurd (Creative Non-fiction) is the author of three books of creative nonfiction: Walking the Wrack Line: On Tidal Shifts and What Remains (University of Georgia Press, forthcoming 2008), Entering the Stone: On Caves and Feeling through the Dark (Houghton Mifflin Company), Stirring the Mud: On Swamps, Bogs, and Human Imagination (Beacon). She has also published a collection of poetry, The Singer’s Temple (Bright Hill Press).  Barbara’s essays and poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Best American Essays 2001, Best American Essays 1999, The Yale Review, The Georgia Review, Nimrod, New Letters, Audubon, and others. She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, four Maryland Individual Artist Awards for Poetry, winner of the Sierra Club’s National Nature Writing Award, and finalist for the Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction and the PEN/Jerard Award. She teaches creative writing at Frostburg State University in Maryland.

Alexs Pate (Fiction, Poetry) is the author of five novels including the New York Times Bestseller Amistad, commissioned by Steven Spielberg’s Dreamworks/SKG and based on the screenplay by David Franzoni. Other novels include Losing Absalom, Finding Makeba, The Multicultiboho Sideshow and West of Rehoboth, which was selected as “Honor Fiction Book” for 2002 by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Alexs’s first book of nonfiction, In The Heart of the Beat: The Poetry of Rap was published by Scarecrow Press January 2010. His memoir, The Past is Perfect: Memoir of a Father/Son Reunion will be published next year by Coffee House Press. An excerpt of the memoir appears in the Fall 2007 edition of Black Renaissance Noire. Alexs’s poetry collection, Innocent, was published in 1998. Alexs is an Assistant Professor in African American and African Studies at the University of Minnesota, where he teaches courses in writing and black literature, including a course on “The Poetry of Rap.” He is currently at work on two novels, The Slide and a story about a black pirate captain, Adventures of the Black Arrow: Search for Libertalia.


7:30 p.m.                     Flash Faculty Readings

Flash Readings II: Faculty members will share three minutes of their work.

Rick Bass, Jeanne Marie Beaumont, Ted Deppe, Charles Martin, Carolina   DeRobertis, Suzanne Strempek Shea, Scott Wolven             

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Special Reading

                                    Shanna McNair will deliver the first public reading of a never-before published story by Ralph Ellison from The New Guard. 

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 7:30 p.m.          Staged Readings of Student/Faculty Scripts                            James Patrick Kelly, Michel Kimball, Indigo Moor, Amy Tibbetts 

                                    Harraseeket Inn – Casco Room

James Patrick Kelly (Popular Fiction) has written novels, short stories, essays, reviews, poetry, stage and audioplays, and planetarium shows.  He has also edited a series of acclaimed critical anthologies with John Kessel, the most recent of which is The Secret History of Science Fiction.  Although Jim is primarily known for his science fiction, his work also includes mainstream, mystery, fantasy, and horror. His audioplays have been produced by The Sci-Fi Channel's Seeing Ear Theater, and he himself produces two podcasts: Free Reads and James Patrick Kelly's StoryPod on He writes a regular Internet column for Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. His work has been translated into nineteen languages. His short stories have appeared in numerous “Best of the Year” collections over the past thirty years, and he has won both the Science Fiction Writers of America’s Nebula Award and the World Science Fiction Society's Hugo award.

  Michael Kimball (Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) is a novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. His novel Undone received the Fresh Talent Award in the U.K. and remained on the London Times' top ten bestseller list for two months in 1996. Stage plays include Ghosts of Ocean House, nominated for the 2007 Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America, and the award-winning short play Say No More, which has seen multiple performances by more than 25 companies across the country. Michael has sold original screenplays and adaptations to movie companies and written episodes for the TV series Monsters.