The MFA Student Reading Series was founded by alumna Lisa Gonzales in 2004 as an opportunity for MFA students to read in an off-campus venue. Though the poets and prose-writers featured in these readings come from a variety of backgrounds and aesthetics, the readings always create a ruckus and draw a packed audience. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear the best young writers in Indiana!

Fall 2014 finds these most-talented writers reading at 8:00 p.m. at Hammes campus bookstore. On-campus reading can also be fun.

Jace Brittain, Jonathan Diaz, Jessica Newman, and Dev Varma [Nov 19]

Jace Brittain is working on a project influenced by silent film, exploring language altered by perception.

Jonathan Diaz is presently a fictio-poet, interested in narratives of conversation and negative/positive theology.

Jessica Newman writes stories that fall somewhere between fabulism and creative non-fiction, sometimes on the same page.

Dev Varma, also known as D.H. Varma, Devtron, or Lil Cheeseburger is currently engaged in a “metafabüllegorical project” concerning Love and the founder of Chik-fil-A.

Julia Harris, Thirii Myint, and Sarah Roth [Dec  3]

Julia Harris practices somewhere between poetry and photography, writing through the viewfinder as though it were a rifle scope.

Thirii Myint crafts stories that explore the boundaries of self, gender, and narrative itself.

Sarah Roth is constantly proving that she can write everything.

Paul Cunningham, Suzi Garcia, Garret Travis, and Rachel Zavecz [Dec 10 LOCATION CHANGE: 209 DeBartolo]

Paul Cunningham writes about the gap that exists between languages in translation, masculinities, sexuality, whiteness, and the police and surveillance understatedness of the United States.

Suzi Garcia would happily turn the world’s entire population into glammed up cabaret dancing cyborgs. Her poetry will make you embark on a new walk of life.

Garret Travis is at work on a novel concerned with underground rooms, bodies displayed on screens, mundanity, and a ghost that looks like Willem Dafoe.

Rachel Zavecz is currently chronicling the epic story of Rat King and Robot Jesus. With emphasis on the “epic.”