MFA Creative Writing Program
Katie Jacobson Writer in Residence Program
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 pleased to announce that our inaugural 2013 Jacobson Writer in Residence will be Lydia Davis. A remarkable writer and a 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.