Poets and Writers calls Carmen Bugan’s recent book “essential”

1996 RC creative writing alum Carmen Bugan‘s recent book, Poetry and the Language of Oppression: Essays on Politics and Poetics (2021) was listed as one of the “essential books for creative writers” on the Poets & Writers website. The brief accompanying review notes that “through five probing chapters . . . Bugan incorporates pieces from her life and writing as well as the work of other writers . . . to consider how poetry acts as a healing language in times of public duress.”

Carmen is giving a poetry workshop on Saturday, November 20, through the Geneva Writers Group: “The Language of Recovery: Poems of Hope and Healing.” Click here for more information and to register. 

A recent lecture by Carmen on poetic inspiration, given in support of the release of Poetry and the Language and Oppression, is available on YouTube. 

And in April, Shearsman Books will publish Time Being, a collection of Carmen’s poems about the pandemic.

RC alum Ian Ross Singleton’s new book

2004 RC creative writing alum Ian Ross Singleton’s novel, Two Big Differences, will be published by MGraphics out of Boston in October 2021, with illustrations by William Ford. Excerpts of Ian’s novel are available in the fifth RC Alumni Journal (a PDF of the issue is viewable here, and also on the RCWriters website, under the journals tab).

Ian is a writer and translator of the wonderful English and Russian languages. He is a Professor of Writing at Baruch College and Fordham University and an alternate delegate in his union, the Professional Staff Congress. His short stories, translations, reviews, and essays have appeared in journals such as: Saint Ann’s Review; Cafe Review; New Madrid; Midwestern Gothic; Fiddleblack; Asymptote; Ploughshares; The Los Angeles Review of Books and Fiction Writers Review. His short-story collection manuscript Grow Me Up was a finalist for the 2020 Tartts Fiction Award. He judged the 2017 Hopwood Award contest at U-M. Ian has taught Creative Writing and Literature for New York Writers Workshop, San Francisco State University, Cogswell Polytechnical College, the Prison University Project, and the PEN Prison Writing Program.

RC alum Jon Michael Darga featured in Writer’s Digest

RC writing alum Jon Michael Darga (2014) is one of 21 literary agents profiled in Writer’s Digest’s annual “Literary Agent Roundup,” in the September-October 2021 issue. The article should be viewable on-line later this Fall. Jon works for Aevitas Creative Management in New York, and details his fiction and non-fiction interests, as an agent, talks about recent sales, and gives submission guidelines and tips for writers.

Last March, Jon and fellow RC 2014 writing grad Allison Epstein talked about “Paths to Publication” with RC creative writing head Laura Thomas. A video of the talk is viewable below, and available on the RC’s YouTube page.

RC senior Jade Wurst a 2021 Honors Summer Fellow

RC Senior Jade Wurst was one of 19 Summer Fellows chosen by the U-M Honors Program last summer. The Program “offers the unique opportunity for students to spend a summer in Ann Arbor focusing on thesis work.” A description of Jade’s work on the Honors website says: “As the culmination of her studies in Creative Writing and Literature, her thesis will consist of a poetry collection that approaches sight critically. Of particular importance are power dynamics manifested in sight, relationships between the visual and notions of reality. and ways in which self and exterior are constructed. This collection will draw from Critical and Cultural Studies as well as reflections on sight in varied disciplines. Sight as a line of inquiry came to her attention when she realized how dependent her writing was on it. More specifically, she has come to recognize the photographic quality of her earlier poetry, seeking now to explore and subvert these dynamics. She hopes this project will challenge her as a writer and open new avenues of inquiry.”

RC alum Carmen Bugan contributes to podcast about the power of words

RC creative writing alum Carmen Bugan (RC 1996) recently contributed to an Oxford University Press podcast about the power of words, arguing against the uses of rage in dealing with social justice.

Carmen also recently reviewed Eilean Ni Chuilleanain’s Collected Poems on Harvard Review Online.

Carmen’s new book of essays, Poetry and the Language of Oppression, was recently published by Oxford University Press. The press release notes that the book “offers an autobiographical practicing poet’s perspective on writing about Cold War government surveillance and political oppression;  discusses the process of ‘writing oneself free’ by adopting a second language, and makes the case for the necessity of individual, personal testimony in literature; and contributes an understanding of the language of oppression, and the concepts of freedom and liberty of the individual in a conflict-riven society.”

Carmen was born in Romania and emigrated to the United States in 1989. After U-M she earned an MA in creative writing from Lancaster University, and a MA and PhD (English Literature) from Oxford University, UK. Her poetry collections include Crossing the Carpathians (2004), The House of Straw (2014), Releasing the Porcelain Birds (2016) and Lilies from America: New and Selected Poems (2019). She has also published a memoir, Burying the Typewriter (2012), and Seamus Heaney and East European Poetry in Translation: Poetics of Exile (2013).  She teaches at the Gotham Writers Workshop in NYC and lives in Long Island.

RC students win Winter 2021 Hopwood Awards

Several current RC students (and LSA students majoring in RC Creative Writing or having taken an RC writing class or tutorial) won Winter 2021 Hopwood awards! Congratulations!

Screenplay: Alexander Wagner

First- and Second-Year Nonfiction: Jingqi Zhu, Darby Williams

Undergraduate Nonfiction: Annie Ning, Ellie Katz

First- and Second-Year Poetry: Nicole Tooley

Undergraduate Poetry: Sebastien Butler, Kennedi Killips

Keith Taylor Award for Excellence in Poetry: Kennedi Killips

Marjorie Rapaport Award in Poetry: Avery Fessenden

Naomi Saferstein Literary Award: Phoebe Danaher

Paul and Sonia Handleman Award: Sebastien Butler

Peter Phillip Pratt Award in Fiction: Jeana Vallina

Roy and Helen Meador Award: Nicole Tooley

Roy W. Cowden Memorial Fellowship: Jena Vallina, Arjun Thakkar

Carolyn Lusch works on sustainable transportation and land use planning

After graduating from the RC in 2011, Carolyn Lusch earned a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from U-M’s Taubman College in 2015. Since then she has worked on sustainable transportation and land use planning projects in Michigan and Connecticut, working to shift the sprawling & auto-oriented narrative.

She has published articles on public transportation, pedestrian safety, and writing communities in Concentrate, the CT Mirror, the New Haven Independent, and the Arts Paper. Her fiction has been featured in Carrot Bean Magazine and the Local Lit @ Lotta reading series. She is starting an online lit mag, Lat/Long, to celebrate writing about place, space, and urbanism. You are encouraged to submit!

When not planning or writing, she can be found wandering the streets of New Haven with her spunky 3-year-old, Eli. Her family looks forward to returning to the verdant grounds of the Midwest in the near future!

 

Carmen Bugan’s book of essays due in August

Oxford University Press will publish a book of essays by Carmen Bugan (RC 1996),  Poetry and the Language of Oppression, this August (June in the UK). The press release notes that the book “offers an autobiographical practicing poet’s perspective on writing about Cold War government surveillance and political oppression;  discusses the process of ‘writing oneself free’ by adopting a second language, and makes the case for the necessity of individual, personal testimony in literature; and contributes an understanding of the language of oppression, and the concepts of freedom and liberty of the individual in a conflict-riven society.” More about the book at the Oxford University Press website. (For a 30 percent discount, use code AAFLY66).

Carmen was born in Romania and emigrated to the United States in 1989. After U-M she earned an MA in creative writing from Lancaster University, and a MA and PhD (English Literature) from Oxford University, UK. Her poetry collections include Crossing the Carpathians (2004), The House of Straw (2014), Releasing the Porcelain Birds (2016) and Lilies from America: New and Selected Poems (2019). She has also published a memoir, Burying the Typewriter (2012), and Seamus Heaney and East European Poetry in Translation: Poetics of Exile (2013).  She teaches at the Gotham Writers Workshop in NYC and lives in Long Island.

2021 Poetry Blast! as part of National Poetry Month

This April, U-M Institute for the Humanities is sponsoring a 2021 Poetry Blast! in celebration of National Poetry Month. Activities include daily poetry readings (including many by RC faculty and staff, including Darcy Brandel,  Hannah Ensor, Laura Kasischke, Sarah Messer,  Christopher Matthews, and Van Jordan), prompts to write poetry, and “pop-up” poems appearing around campus.

The daily readings will be featured at noon on the Humanities Youtube channel. Click here to receive a daily reminder in your inbox.

Sign up for daily poetry prompts (written by the RC’s Laura Kasischke) by clicking here.

More information about the Poetry Blast is on the Institute for the Humanities home page.

 

Sarah Messer featured in February Ann Arbor Observer article on poetry

RC Creative Writing teacher Sarah Messer was featured in a February 2021 Ann Arbor Observer article called “Lives of the Poets,” which reviewed the Ann Arbor connections of several famous poets (including Robert Frost, W.H. Auden, Donald Hall, Jane Kenyon, Robert Hayden, and Radcliffe Squires), then focused on local poets  Linda Gregerson, Keith Taylor (who recently retired from U-M, where he ran the English undergraduate writing program), and Sarah

Sarah is a Hopwood Award winner (1990). She came to Michigan to work with Alice Fulton, who taught at U-M from 1983-2002. In later years, Sarah quit a tenured teaching position at North Carolina-Wilmington to return to Ann Arbor, where she eventually started working at the RC, after a recommendation from long-time RC creative writing teacher Ken Mikolowski. Sarah also works at White Lotus Farms, caring for the goat herd. The print and on-line article has a cute photo of Sarah with Buckwheat, one of the White Lotus goats.

In 2010 Sarah co-founded the One Pause poetry program at White Lotus. Its website is currently getting an overhaul, but videos of readings and interviews are available on the One Pause Youtube channel.

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