UMass Amherst MFA for Poets and Writers Presents Fall 2022 Guest Writer Series: UMass Amherst

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The MFA for Poets and Writers is pleased to announce the Fall ’22 Visiting Writers Series. This year’s series features Abigail Chabitnoy, Edie Meidav, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah and Kyle Dacuyan. The readings are free and will take place in the great hall of the old chapel and will begin at 6 p.m.

For more than 50 years, UMass Amherst’s nationally acclaimed guest writer series has featured emerging and established writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. The series is sponsored by the MFA for Poets and Writers and the Juniper Initiative, and made possible with support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the University of Massachusetts Arts Council, and the Department of English.

Thursday, September 29: Abigail Chabitnoy | Register

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Abigail Chabitnoy

Abigail Chabitnoy is a descendant of Koniag and a member of the Tangirnaq Aboriginal Village in Kodiak. She is the author of the upcoming “In the Current Where Drowning Is Beautiful”; “How to Dress a Fish,” shortlisted for the 2020 Griffin International Prize for Poetry and winner of the 2020 Colorado Book Award; and the illustrated collection of linocuts “Converging Lines of Light”. She was a 2021 Peter Taylor Fellow at the Kenyon Writers Workshop and a 2020 Witter Bynner Native Poet Residency recipient at Elsewhere Studios in Paonia, Colorado. His poems have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Boston Review, Tin House, Gulf Coast, LitHub, and Red Ink, among others. This fall, she joined the MFA for Poets and Writers faculty at UMass Amherst as an assistant professor. Abigail holds a BA in Anthropology and English from Saint Vincent College and an MA in Creative Writing from Colorado State University. Find it on salmonfisherpoet.com.

This event is part of art. Sustainability. Activism., a collaboration between the Palace of Fine Arts, the MFA of Poets and Writers and the School of Earth and Sustainability.

Wednesday, October 20: Edie Meidav ​​| Register

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Edie Meidav

Edie Meidav ​​is the author of the lyrical novel “Another Love Discourse,” as well as “Kingdom of the Young,” a collection of fictional shorts with a nonfiction coda, and three award-winning novels called Editorial Picks. by The New York Times and elsewhere: “Lola, California”, “Crawl Space” and “The Far Field: A Novel of Ceylon”, and a co-edited anthology “Strange Attractors”. His work has been recognized by foundations such as Lannan, Howard, Whiting, Fulbright (Sri Lanka and Cyprus), Kafka Prize, Village Voice, Bard Fiction Prize, Yaddo, Macdowell, VCCA, Art OMI and Fundacion Valparaiso. Former director of the MFA of the New College of California in San Francisco, she has been a judge for Yaddo, the NEA, Mass Cultural Council, Juniper Prize, the PEN/Bingham first novel prize and editor of “Conjunctions”.

Thursday, November 3, 2022: Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah | Register

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Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is the author of the best-selling short story collection “Friday Black”. His work has appeared or is to appear in numerous publications, including ‘Guernica, Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing, Printer’s Row’, ‘Gravel’ and ‘The Breakwater Review’, where he was selected by ZZ Packer as a winner of the second annual Breakwater Review fiction competition. He’s from Spring Valley, New York. He graduated from SUNY Albany and later earned his MFA from Syracuse University.

Monday, November 17, 2022: Kyle Dacuyan | Register

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Kyle Dacuyan (Photo credit: Amelia Golden)

Kyle Dacuyan is the author of “Incitements”, a 2021 NEA Fellow in Creative Writing and Executive Director of The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s. Poems appear in “The Brooklyn Rail”, “The Offing”, “The Rumpus”, “Social Text” and elsewhere, and he has presented performances at Ars Nova, FringeArts, Haus für Poesie and The Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue, among other places.

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