MFA Creative Writing Program

Katie Jacobson Writer in Residence Program

Katie Jacobson Writer in Residence Lydia Davis at REDCAT

The Katie Jacobson Writer in Residence Program is a new feature of the CalArts MFA Creative Writing Program designed to bring a prestigious writer to campus for a public reading, a classroom visit, and to meet with our students in one-to-one meetings. The Writer in Residence Program offers a unique opportunity for students to gain hitherto unprecedented access to leaders in their field, to discuss professional working methods, and to get feedback on their own work.  

We are thrilled to announce that our 2014 Writer in Residence will be critic and novelist Samuel R. Delany. Samuel Delany has won four Nebula Awards, two Hugo Awards, and the William Whitehead Memorial Award for lifetime achievement. He is an inductee into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame and has been honored with the David R. Kessler Award from the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies as well as the Lambda Literary Pioneer Award. His stories are available in Aye and Gomorrah and other stories and Atlantis: Three Tales. His novels include Nova, Dhalgren, Hogg, The Mad Man, and the Stonewall Award-winning Dark Reflections. His nonfiction collections include Silent Interviews, Longer Views, Shorter Views, and Times Square Red/ Times Square Blue. His award-winning autobiography is The Motion of Light in Water. A judge for the 2010 National Book Awards, he was the subject of a 2007 documentary, The Polymath, and is the author of a popular creative writing textbook, About Writing. His most recent novel is Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders. It and his interview in the Paris Review’s “Art of Fiction” series both appeared in the spring 2012. Delany lives in New York City and teaches creative writing at Temple University.

Our inaugural 2013 Jacobson Writer in Residence was Lydia Davis.  A remarkable writer and true innovator known for her very short fiction, Davis is a MacArthur Fellow and the 2013 winner of the Man Booker International Prize.  "Should we simply concur with the official title and dub them stories?" Booker panel chairman Christopher Ricks said in a statement announcing the prize.  "Or perhaps miniatures? Anecdotes? Essays? Jokes? Parables? Fables? Texts? Aphorisms, or even apophthegms? Prayers, or perhaps wisdom literature? Or might we settle for observations?"  

Lydia Davis's work includes the novel, The End of the Story (1995), and seven story collections, including Break It Down (1986), Almost No Memory (1997), Samuel Johnson is Indignant (2002) and Varieties of Disturbance (2007).  She has also translated a number of works of French philosophy and literature, most notably Swann's Way by Marcel Proust and Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary.

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