Jacob Slichter, Carolyn Ferrell, Nelly Reifler & Dennis Nurkse—The Ins and Outs of the Writing Workshop

Slonim Living Room

Open to the public

/ Wednesday


Join Writing MFA faculty members Jacob Slichter, Carolyn Ferrell, Nelly Reifler, and Dennis Nurkse for a panel about workshop—what it is, what it isn't, and when it is at its most ideal.

Jacob Slichter: BA, Harvard College. Author of So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star: How I Machine-Gunned a Roomful of Record Executives and Other True Tales from a Drummer’s Life (Broadway Books, 2004); contributor to The New York Times; commentator for National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition”; drummer for the Minneapolis-based band Semisonic.

Carolyn Ferrell: BA, Sarah Lawrence College. MA, City College of New York. Author of the short-story collection, Don’t Erase Me, awarded the Art Seidenbaum Award of The Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the John C. Zachiris Award given by Ploughshares, and the Quality Paperback Book Prize for First Fiction; stories anthologized in The Best American Short Stories of the Century; Giant Steps: The New Generation of African American Writers; The Blue Light Corner: Black Women Writing on Passion, Sex, and Romantic Love; and Children of the Night: The Best Short Stories by Black Writers, 1967 to the Present. Recipient of grants from the Fulbright Association, the German Academic Exchange (D.A.A.D.), the City University of New York MAGNET Program, and the National Endowment for the Arts (Literature fellow for 2004). Sarah Lawrence, 1996–

Nelly Reifler: BA, Hampshire College. MFA, Sarah Lawrence College. Author of a short-story collection, See Through, and novel, Elect H. Mouse State Judge; fiction in magazines and journals, including Story, Tweed's, Bomb, McSweeney’s, Nerve, Black Book, The Milan Review, and Lucky Peach, as well as in the anthologies 110 Stories: New York Writes After September 11, Lost Tribe: New Jewish Fiction from the Edge, Found Magazine’s Requiem for a Paper Bag, and No Near Exit: Writers Select Their Favorite Work from Post Road Magazine. Recipient of a Henfield Prize, a UAS Explorations Prize, and a Rotunda Gallery Emerging Curator grant for work with fiction and art. Writer-in-residence, Western Michigan University, 2014; editor at Post Road, 2010-present. Sarah Lawrence, 2002–

Dennis Nurkse: BA, Harvard. Author of ten books of poetry (under “D. Nurkse”), including The Border Kingdom, Burnt Island, The Fall, The Rules of Paradise, Leaving Xaia, Voices over Water, and most recently A Night in Brooklyn; poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, and in six editions of the Best American Poetry anthology series; recipient of a literature award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim fellowship, a Whiting Writers’ award, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, two New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships, and two awards from The Poetry Foundation; a finalist for the Forward Prize for best poetry book published in the UK. Sarah Lawrence, 2004–