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AAAaaaand We’re Back

While the winter rages on, winter break has come to a screeching halt.  Hopefully everyone has enjoyed their vacations or staycations, because it’s back to the assignments and working and snow and afternoon coffee-jitters, and spring break it’s a long road to spring break.

Silver Lining:

With the MFA students, the MFA reading series has also returned! The first reading will feature Jac Smith, Joseph Thomas, and myself (Jake McCabe). The three of us can’t wait to welcome everybody back into the sphere of productivity with a little bit of fiction.

Here are our bios:

Jac Smith is from Long Beach, California where she received her degree in psychology at CSULB. In 2014 she was a recipient of the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program Scholarship for fiction. Recently she was awarded the 2018 summer residency through The Studios of Key West. Her fiction has appeared in Santa Ana River Review and Hypertrophic Literary.

Joseph Earl Thomas is a Black writer from Northeast Philly whose writing has appeared or is forthcoming in After the Pause, Apiary, Philadelphia Printworks, The Offing, and Philadelphia Stories. He is also 2017 VONA workshop alumni. A memoirist and poet, he often wonders how things might have gone had he fallen in love with hominids first, and so he spends much of his time reading and writing speculative fiction. Joseph is grinding on two book-length projects: Sink, a memoir about coming of age as an undereducated blerd in the city, and a “war” novel, God Bless You, Otis Spunkmeyer. Joseph blogs on birth world problems at josephearlthomas.com and is currently an MFA candidate in prose at the University of Notre Dame.

I am from Chicago and I hold a BFA from Pratt Institute, where I worked as a creative writing teacher at Pratt’s “Saturday Art School” program, as well as editor of Ubiquitous, Pratt’s literary magazine. At Pratt, I wrote a collection of shorts called Chicago Stories for my senior thesis, which was a finalist for Pratt’s thesis prize.

Come and join us January 31, at 7:30 PM in the Geddes Hall Coffee Shop. Free drinks at the water fountain out in the hallway.


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