MFA Alum in Creative Nonfiction

2b184a019c166b5391df731763b5d2f0Congratulations to Butler MFA graduate, Laura Kendall. Not only is she a  new bookstore owner, she will also be published in Creative Nonfiction. One of the most prestigious and selective literary magazines in the country, Creative Nonfiction is an achievement for any nonfiction writer. Laura said, “This was the only place I submitted this piece, because I didn’t want it to go to just any publication. I’m pretty happy I aimed big with this one.”

Laura read part of the essay, “An Equation, Solve for Father,” at the Butler MFA graduate reading last May. “It’s a piece about the complicated (still) feelings I have toward my dad due to his having Asperger’s,” Laura said.

Laura’s essay will appear in the Winter 2017 issue due out in January.


In Thanksgiving

The Butler creative writing program gathered together to celebrate Thanksgiving, MFA style — abundant food, plenty of drink, and student readings. Thanks to all who joined in the merriment. A special thank you to Denise who prepared the Turkey in addition to several of her delicious sides.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the blog asked the MFA community what was about the program that made them thankful.


screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-12-43-05-pmKarin Salisbury: It’s a home away from home. I’m grateful for insightful faculty, supportive staff, and faithful friends I adore. I am also grateful for the many outreach programs, including Writing for Wellness.

screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-12-42-10-pmLuke Wortely: Writing in the Schools

10432493_10205035526105499_5936786788337307588_nLydia Johnson: I’m thankful for friendships, writing support, encouragement and being a part of a community of writers and the Butler community at large. Also that the programs and events are open to alumni so that we can still be involved!

John Eckerd: I touched Kaveh Akbar’s leg once.