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Want to see what’s happening right now in Notre Dame’s MFA program? If so, stop by the Hammes Bookstore on Wednesday April 29th, 2015, at 7:30 for a hugely energetic blend of styles (from two fiction writers, and one poet) that range from the mythical, to the metafictional, to the ironic.

Evan Harris’ writing is concerned with contemporary political realities, travel narrative, and the boundaries between stories and the people who tell them.

Kyle Muntz’s current project integrates elements of mythology, surrealism, and the grotesque with fantasy narratives.

Alethea Tusher’s poetry is a translation of herself, and other poems are translations of those translations, and still other poems are translations of those translated translations.

This reading is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

Kyle Muntz



Eleven wondrous voices, one literary night. Graduating students of the MFA in Creative Writing at Notre Dame (four poets, along with six prose writers) will be reading five-minute selections from their final thesis. Join us as we celebrate their accomplishments and wish them more to come on Thursday April 23rd, 2015 at 7:00 PM in the Regis Philbin Studio Theater.

Jace Brittain lives in Los Angeles or Berlin or Indiana, even Bemidji sometimes. His writing has appeared in Deluge, the Destroyer, and elsewhere.

Paul Cunningham manages Radioactive Moat Press and its lit journal, Deluge. He also works as an editor for Fanzine and Action Books. His writing has appeared in Bat City ReviewDIAGRAMTarpaulin SkyLIT, and Witness.

Jonathan Diaz is a poet from Los Angeles, a city whose complexity undergirds and informs his work. He also spent a term at Oxford University, where he studied poetry and philosophy. He is the co-founder and co-editor of the online literary journal Californios.

Suzi F. Garcia writes about feelings, feminism, and race. She is a Gender Studies minor, and an assistant editor at Noemi Press. She was nominated for an Intro Journals Award by the University of Notre Dame. Her work can be found in the Yalobusha Review, the Pinch, Barely South, and more.

Julia Harris grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  In 2013, she graduated from Saint Mary’s College with a B.A. in English Literature and English Writing. She was on the editorial board for Chimes, and had works published there, and The Avenue, a literary journal for creative non-fiction.

Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint was born in Burma (Myanmar) and lived in Bangkok, Thailand for seven years before immigrating with her family to San Jose, California. Thirii attended Brown University, where she studied Literary Arts and had many adventures. Her writing has been published in CaketrainThe Kenyon Review OnlineThe Literarian, and The Bicycle Review.

Jessica Newman’s writing has appeared in elimaeCaketrain,UnsaidPANK and elsewhere. She is currently working on a book that, by combining fiction with nonfiction, lives in both the future and the past.

Sarah Roth writes between the archive and the catacomb, bridging text and movement, community arts pedagogy and social advocacy, museum and studio. Her writing has appeared in Spires and is forthcoming in Documenting Life and Destruction and MAKE. She is often in transit.

Garret Travis received his BA in English from Louisiana State University. He is interested in snakes, underground rooms, and the proliferation of media through/in writing.

DH Varma’s work has been published in Oxford American Magazine, Mikrokosmos, the Barely South Review, and elsewhere. Currently, he is juggling a few multi-genre projects probing notions of family, his hometown (Memphis, TN), and various talismans.

Rachel Zavecz’s work often straddles the genres of fantasy and science fiction while engaging modern culture and attempting to push poetic form and performance in new directions. She was a finalist and honorable mention for the 2014 Fairy Tale Review Poetry Award with a feature forthcoming in the 2015 Mauve Issue.

The reading is free and open to the public. Tickets will be available at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. We hope to see you there!

Kyle Muntz

April 15th MFA Reading


In the mood for some of the most diverse, surprising work from today’s young writers? Come see three MFA students from Notre Dame’s Creative Writing program on Wednesday April 15th, 2015, at 7:30 in the Hammes Bookstore.

Katy Cousino is a poet invested in grotesque bodies, and seeks to psychologically challenge what is considered normal for the physical human condition.

Chris Holdaway is an amateur astrophysicist whose poetry confuses contours of the Cosmic Microwave Background with landscapes of Earth.

Tony Messina’s stories are usually strange, sometimes transgressive, and can often be described as magical realism.

This reading is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

Kyle Muntz

April 1st MFA Reading

Do you want to know what’s happening in writing today? If so, come on down to the Hammes Bookstore on Wednesday April 1st, 2015, at 7:30 for a blend of imagination (from two poets, and two fiction writers) so intense it spits fire.

Ae Hee Lee’s poetry draws on fairy tales from across cultural boundaries, and finds the unsettling spirits that live inside our experiences.

Bret Nye is working on a manuscript in which “ghost stories” emerge from metafiction and the weight of painful memories.

Matthew Pelkey’s writing blends a focus on personal experience and a career in music with urban life, particularly in Chicago.

Nichole Riggs’ work is informed by surrealism and a concept of poetry as an artifact of the subconscious.

This reading is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

Kyle Muntz

Poetry Slam

Do you like excitement? Do you like poetry? Then come on down to the Snite Museum of Art for the 3rd Annual WHAM! BAM! POETRY SLAM! on Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 5:00–7:30pm.

The poetry slam will consist of three rounds, with winners announced at the end of the night. Poets will read up to three original poems, in a large variety of styles. Judges will be picked at random from the audience. Poetry slams are not improvisational and they address serious issues, such as poverty, violence, racism, substance abuse, and economic exploitation, among other topics. The emphasis on audience participation also makes these events unusual. Visitors are encouraged to give feedback and judges are picked at random from the audience; they are not necessarily poetry “experts.”

Get ready to slam!

Reception & Open Mic: 5:00- 5:30 p.m.
Program: 5:30 -7:30 p.m.

Free parking is available. Please visit the Snite Museum website.

This program is free and open to the public.

Kyle Muntz


Reading with John Shoptaw


What does it take to win a literary prize? Come and find out with John Shoptaw on March 18, 2014 at 7:30 PM in the Eck Center Auditorium.

John Shoptaw is the second winner of The Notre Dame Review Book Prize. His first collection of poetry, Times Beach, will be published in the spring of 2015 by the University of Notre Dame Press.

Poems from Times Beach have appeared in The Colorado Review, Common Knowledge, The New Yorker, Notre Dame Review, A Smartish Pace, and elsewhere. His other publications include a critical volume, On the Outside Looking Out: John Ashbery’s Poetry (Harvard UP) and the libretto for the opera Our American Cousin (BMOP sound; composed by Eric Sawyer).

John Shoptaw was raised in swampeast Missouri. The poems of Times Beach dwell on the time-places of the Mississippi watershed. He teaches ecopoetry and poetry writing in the English Department of the University of California at Berkeley.

This reading is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

Kyle Muntz

Ross Gay Reading

Poster_Gay_letterHello there!

Please come and join us for a reading with American poet, educator, painter, basketball coach, and occasional demolition man Ross Gay on Wednesday February 18th, 2015, at 7:30 in the Hammes Bookstore.

Ross Gay is the author of two collections, Against Which (CavanKerry Press, 2006), and Bringing the Shovel Down (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011). His hard-hitting poetry deals often with urban violence, yet with a keen and vibrant complexity that explores “everything from the basketball court to conceptions of time to his father”.

He received his MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, his PhD at Temple University, and currently teaches in the MFA program at Indiana University Bloomington.

This reading is free and open to the public, and without a doubt will be a great public service. We hope to see you there!

Chris Holdaway

Lynne Tillman Reading

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We’re so excited to announce our second visiting author of the spring semester, Lynne Tillman, who will read at Notre Dame on Wednesday February 11th, 2015, at 7:30 in the Eck Center Auditorium. Tillman has fans among both the professors and students of the creative writing program, and we hope you’ll join us to see what her fantastic work is all about.

Lynne Tillman is a novelist, short story writer, and cultural critic, whose creative work bends narrative writing into experimental realms, and whose non-fiction has documented some of the most important periods of art in America. Tillman’s writing is as engaging as it is refined, letting the reader in at the same time it challenges them.

Her novels include American Genius, A Comedy (2006), No Lease on Life (1998), Cast in Doubt (1992), Motion Sickness (1991), and Haunted Houses (1987). Her short story collections include Someday This Will Be Funny (2001), This Is Not It (2002), The Madame Realism Complex (1992), and Absence Makes the Heart (1990). She is currently Professor/Writer-in-Residence in the Department of English at the University at Albany, where she teaches at the School of Visual Arts’ Art Criticism and Writing MFA Program.

This reading is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

Kyle Muntz


Lucy Corin Reading

Hi Everyone!

Come and join us for a reading with Lucy Corin at Notre Dame on Wednesday January 21st, 2015, at 7:30 in the Hammes Bookstore.

Lucy Corin is the author of the short story collection The Entire Predicament (Tin House Books, 2004) and the novel Everyday Psychokillers:  A History for Girls (FC2, 2007). The collection One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses was released in September 2013 from McSweeney’s Books. Her stories have appeared in American Short Fiction, the Mid-American Review, Conjunctions, Ploughshares, Tin House Magazine, PEN America, the Iowa Review, and many other places.

Lucy Corin has a BA from Duke University and an MFA from Brown. She’s an Associate Professor at University of California, Davis where she teaches in the English Department and directs the Creative Writing Program.

This reading is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

Kyle Muntz


Hi everyone!

Come and join us at our final MFA Student Reading on Wednesday December 10th at 7:30PM in 209 Debartolo Hall for a dynamic mix of poetry, prose, and multimedia performance.

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.”

The reading is free and open to the public.

Hope to see you there!

Kyle Muntz


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