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Creativity & Compassion: Spalding Writers Celebrate Twenty Years

Edited by Kathleen Driskell and Katy Yocom

Welcome home. Commemorating the twentieth anniversary of the nationally recognized Spalding low-residency MFA in Writing program, this anthology collects essays from the MFA faculty blog from 2014 to 2021. These works offer a trove of insights and accumulated wisdom from fifty faculty members, directors, staff, and alumni—each dedicated to the Spalding ethos of creativity and compassion. Here, you’ll find explorations of craft, literary figures, the writing life, the interrelatedness of the arts, publication, production, and more. By turns practical and lyrical, inspiring and consoling, these essays illustrate the extraordinary literary spirit that defines the Spalding family.

On sale November 16, 2021, on and everywhere books are sold.

Proceeds benefit scholarship funds for students of Spalding’s low-residency graduate School of Writing programs.


Dianne Aprile

Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Beth Ann Bauman

Larry Brenner

Julie Brickman

K. L. Cook

Carolyn Crimi

Debra Kang Dean

Gabriel Jason Dean

Kathleen Driskell

Pete Duval

Lynnell Edwards

Kirby Gann

Lamar Giles

Rachel M. Harper

Edith M. Hemingway

Leah Henderson

Jason Hill

Roy Hoffman

Silas House

Jason Kyle Howard

Fenton Johnson

Erin Keane

Helena Kriel

Ellyn Lichvar

Robin Lippincott

Jody Lisberger

Karen Mann

Douglas Manuel

Charles Maynard

Nancy McCabe

Maureen Morehead

Eleanor Morse

Sena Jeter Naslund

Lesléa Newman

Kira Obolensky

Elaine Neil Orr

Jeremy Paden

Greg Pape

John Pipkin

Michael Roberts

Bruce Marshall Romans

Charlie Schulman

Jeanie Thompson

Neela Vaswani

Rebecca Walker

Crystal Wilkinson

Keith S. Wilson

Katy Yocom

Sam Zalutsky


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