Ashland MFA creative writing summer residency sessions to be open to the public

Sessions will take place from July 16-29 and consist of evening readings and afternoon craft workshop discussions. | File photo

Ashland University's Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Residency Program sessions will be opened to the public over the course of the summer.

Sessions will take place from July 16-29 and consist of evening readings and afternoon craft workshop discussions. There are three visiting writers who will be in residency for this session: poet J. Allyn Rosser, author Steve Almond and creative nonfiction writer Gretel Ehrlich.

Rosser acts as an editor for the New Ohio Review and teaches courses. She has four poetry collections and her work has appeared in several magazines and journals.

Almond has written and published eight books in fiction and nonfiction. His work has also appeared in Best American Mystery Stories and Best American Short Stories.

Ehrlich works as a naturalist and writer who has been published in Time, National Geographic and other news and magazine publications. Ehrlich has also traveled to arctic regions and other areas. Her book, Facing the Wave: A Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami, was awarded the Kirkus Best Book of 2013.

This summer residency program will also serve as the final reading at the Ashland campus by MFA Director Stephen Haven, who has accepted a director position at Lesley University. This reading will take place on July 27 at 7 p.m.

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