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Korean poet extraordinaire Kim Yideum will read Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at the Hammes Bookstore on Notre Dame’s campus.

Yideum will be reading simultaneously with one of her translators, Ji Yoon Lee, a recent graduate of the Notre Dame MFA in Poetry. They will be reading from Yideum’s Cheer Up Femme Fatale, recently published in English by Action Books.

The reading begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.


About the author and translator:

Kim Yideum 
has published five books of poetry—A Stain in the Shape of a Star (2005), Cheer Up, Femme Fatale (2007), The Unspeakable Lover (2011), Song of Berlin, Dahlem (2013), and Hysteria (2014). Her work has been adapted into a play (The Metamorphosis, 2014) and a film (After School, 2015). She has received numerous awards for her poetry, including the Poetry & the World Literary Award, the Kim Daljin Changwon Award, the 22nd Century Literary Award, and the Kim Chunsoo Award. She teaches at Gyeongsang National University, works as a newspaper columnist, and hosts a poetry-themed radio program. Her first book in English translation, Cheer Up, Femme Fatale (translated by Ji Yoon Lee, Don Mee Choi and Johannes Göransson) was published by Action Books earlier this year.

Ji Yoon Lee is the author of Foreigner’s Folly (Coconut Books, 2014), Funsize/Bitesize (Birds of Lace, 2013), and IMMA (Radioactive Moat, 2012). She is the winner of the Joanna Cargill prize (2014), and her manuscript was a finalist for the 1913 First Book Prize (2012). Her poems and translations have appeared in Asymptote, Eleveneleven, The VoltaPANK, Bambi Muse, Seven Corners, The YOLO Pages, The Animated Reader: Poetry of Surround Audience, and &Now Awards 3. She was born in South Korea and came to the United States as a teen. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame.


This event is sure to be exciting and cheery. We hope to see you all there!



Come on out to the 4th Annual Wham! Bam! Poetry Slam! at the Snite Museum of Art on April 5th, 2016! The event starts at 5:00 pm and is free and open to the public!

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A poetry slam is a competitive event in which individual poets perform their work and are judged by random members of the audience. The rules for the competition are simple. Poems can be on any subject and in any style but must be original creations of the performers. Each poem must take less than three minutes to perform, and these performances may not use props, costumes, musical accompaniment, or memorization aids. Each poet will go through two rounds of performances. Judges are selected from the audience to rate each performed poem on the basis of the presentation of the poem and its content. In each of the two rounds of scoring, the highest and lowest of the judges’ scores are thrown out, and a tabulator calculates each contestant’s score.

This is sure to be a blast and we hope to see you all there!!




Come one, come all to the Debartolo Performing Arts Center where Roderick Coover and Scott Rettberg will present their film Toxi•City on March 23, 2016! The showing begins at 8:00 PM and everyone is welcome!

Toxi•City is a combinatory of narrative segments and historical anecdotes chronicling deaths from Hurricane Sandy. In over one hour of clips, 6 characters describe conditions living in a future shaped by global warming.

This event is cosponsored by the Creative Writing Program, the Department of English, the Office of Digital Learning, the Department of Film, Theater and TV, the Minor in Sustainability at Notre Dame, and the Debartolo Performing Arts Center.


About these presenters:

Roderick Coover (b. 1967) is Director of the Graduate Program in Film and Media Arts at Temple University. Coover makes films, interactive cinema, installations and webworks. Some of his latest projects include the interactive series Unknown Territories (unknownterritories.org) about exploration in the American West (www.unknownterritories.org) and the edited book, Switching Codes: Thinking Through Digital Technology In The Humanities And Arts (Chicago 2011). A pioneer in interactive documentary arts and poetics, his works are distributed through Video Data Bank, DER, Eastgate Systems and elsewhere. is creative work has been exhibited online and at art venues including SIGGRAPH, Documenta Madrid, The American Philosophical Society Museum, Chemical Heritage Foundation Museum, and elsewhere. You can learn more about his work at www.roderickcoover.com.

Scott Rettberg (b. 1970) is Professor of Digital Culture in the department of Linguistic, Literary, and Aesthetic studies at the University of Bergen. Rettberg was the project leader of ELMCIP (Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice), a HERA-funded collaborative research project, and the founder of the Electronic Literature Organization. Rettberg is the author or coauthor of novel-length works of electronic literature, combinatory poetry, and films including The Unknown, Kind of Blue, Implementation, Frequency, Three Rails Live, Toxicity and others. His creative work has been exhibited online and at art venues including the Chemical Heritage Foundation Museum, Palazzo dell Arti Napoli, Beall Center, the Slought Foundation, The Krannert Art Museum, and elsewhere.


The showing is free and open to the public, and we hope to see you all there!




The final MFA reading of the spring 2016 semester will take place Wednesday, March 16, 2016, so don’t miss out on your last chance to hear our own talented emerging writers read their creative works!

The reading will take place in 207 Debartolo Hall  at 7:30 pm, and will feature first year poet Kelsey Castaneda and first year fiction writers Thomson Guster and Bailey Pittenger.


About these writers:

Kelsey Castaneda’s current poetry project is a feminist yawp that experiments with erasure and translation of Classical authors like Ovid and Vergil.

Thomson Guster just echoes stuff he’s heard and apes stuff he’s seen, but you won’t be able to tell—not with the encryption he’s used.

Bailey Pittenger’s current prose project is a blend of ingredients from translation, Audubon field guides, and miscommunications.


This reading is free and open to the public, so be there or be square!

All the best,




Come one, come all to the Geddes Hall Coffee House on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 to hear first year fiction writer Sarah Snider and first year poets Zack Anderson and Chris Muravez read their creative works!


About these readers:


Zack Anderson’s poems drizzle investigations of masculinity, pop culture, and embodied being with a syrupy glaze of dark snark and paralytic pessimism.


Chris Muravez heretically writes about War and Apocalypse with the audacity of fire and brimstone.


Sarah Snider’s work explores various types of fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, and personal essay, at times blending all styles together.


This reading is free and open to the public! We hope you’ll come out to support these MFA students!


See you there,


P03155Martin Ott, 2015 winner of Notre Dame’s Sandeen Prize, will read for the Notre Dame community on February 17, 2015!

Come one, come all to the Hammes Bookstore at 7:30 pm! The reading is free and open to the public.

About Martin Ott:

In Underdays, Martin Ott writes a book about love and war in poems that represent different eras, voices, and influences. This is a journey that combines the author’s new work, old work reimagined, and multiple voices (internal and external) in a conversation with his older and younger selves – his Underdays – to chart a path forward. The author combines global concerns alongside personal ones, in conversation between poems or within them, to find meaning in his search for what drives us to love and hate each other.

Born in Alaska and raised in Michigan, Martin Ott served as an interrogator in U.S. Army military intelligence. He moved to Los Angeles to attend the Masters of Professional Writing Program at USC, and often writes about his adopted city, including in the novel The Interrogator’s Notebook (currently being pitched by Paradigm as a TV pilot) and poetry book Captive, De Novo Prize Winner, C&R Press.

Social and political themes are prevalent in all of his books, particularly Poets’ Guide to America and Yankee Broadcast Network, coauthored with John F. Buckley, Brooklyn Arts Press and his short story collection, Interrogations, Fomite Press (2016).

His Writeliving blog – http://writeliving.wordpress.com/ – has been read by more than 25,000 people in 100+ countries. More at www.martinottwriter.com.


Hope to see you all there!!

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Paul Cunningham received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame last May, and was the recipient of the 2015 Sparks Prize Fellowship!


He will read his work for the Notre Dame community on Wednesday, February 10,  7:30 pm at the Hammes Bookstore. Come prepared to have your socks knocked off!


More about Paul:

Paul Cunningham (b. 1989) founded Radioactive Moat Press in 2009 and he manages an online journal called Deluge. He is a former assistant editor of Action Books, a managing editor of Action, Yes, and he currently works as a contributing editor for Fanzine. His most recent chapbook is GOAL/TENDER MEAT/TENDER (horse less press, 2015). His writing can be found in Bat City Review, LIT, Spork, The Volta, Tarpaulin Sky, DIAGRAM, and others. His poem-films have been screened in the MAKE Magazine Lit & Luz Festival, Seattle’s INCA: The Institute for New Connotative New Action, the Museo Universitario del Chopo in Mexico City, and the Swedish online journal, kastratet.se.



This reading is free and open to the public so be there, be there, be there!!!


– Kelsey

The Creative Writing program is back for another exciting semester of readings!

This semester the MFA Graduate Reading Series will feature first year MFA candidates.

The first event will take place on February 3 at 7:30 PM in the Great Hall of O’Shaughnessy, and will feature fiction writers Taeyin and Tania Sarfraz, as well as poet Luis Lopez-Maldonado.

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About the authors:

Luis Lopez-Maldonado marries poetry, theatre, and dance to create fresh and provocative art dealing with race, displacement, gender, sex, feminism, terrorism, externalism, and masculinity and everything in-between.

Tania Sarfraz writes short prose that meanders, finds its way. Or stays lost, it’s all the same. She grew up in Lahore, Pakistan.


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





I hope to see you all this Wednesday, December 9, 2015, at 7:30 PM in the Geddes Hall Coffee House to hear second year MFA candidates Suzi F. Garcia, Tony Messina, and Matt Pelkey read their creative works!

Suzi F. Garcia, Tony Messina, and Matt Pelkey work across diverse and vibrant interests, bringing together boundaries commonly conceived of as separate and distinct: pop culture, memoir, the thin line between fiction and nonfiction, and many other issues which can enchant and enlighten all of us.

More about these authors:

Suzi Garcia writes about pop culture, identity, and feelings. Her poetry has been featured in the Offing, The Barely South Review, The Pinch Journal, and more.

Tony Messina’s prose exists in the space between memoir and fairy tale, glides like a jellyfish, and looks like a photograph of the words we say when we tell ourselves we’re telling the truth.

Matt Pelkey writes about the many (fictional) failures he has known and loved.

This event is open to all and free! Don’t miss out on this final fall ’15 reading!



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Come out to Geddes Hall Café on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 7:30 PM to hear the work of three 2nd-year MFA candidates: fiction writers Evan Harris and Kyle Muntz, and poet Ae Hee Lee.

These writers span the spectrum in their interests and preoccupations:

Evan Harris writes fiction and essays. His work-in-progress includes a paranoia about the legacy of biographical data published on the internet.

Ae Hee Lee is South Korean by birth and Peruvian by heart and memory. She writes mythical and mystical, cross-cultural and cross-linguistic poetry that likes to explore worlds and loves within and beyond the human.

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

Event open to all and free! Don’t miss out!


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