Writing Our Future: Readings from Graduate Writing Programs of the Southland

With Nicole Adlman, KT Browne, Marie Horrigan, Blake Kimzey, Eugenie Montague, Angela Peñaredondo, Amanda Ruud, Rachel Schramm, Emerson Whitney and Victor Yates
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Episode Summary

What are the ideas, forms, questions, syntaxes, images, and narratives of our immediate future? Who better as our compass in the wilds of the now than emerging writers? Join students from five Southland graduate writing programs—CalArts, Otis College, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, and USC—as they share recent writings and tune our ears to the future of language.

Participant(s) Bio

Nicole Adlman is a second-year student in the Master of Professional Writing Program at USC, where she has worked to hone her craft in both fiction and nonfiction writing. She has taught Writing and Critical Reasoning—a freshman rhetoric course—for the university’s Writing Program since 2012.

KT Brown is an MFA candidate at CalArts. Her first novel, Spiral Wares, is an experiment in narrative investigating the ambiguous terrain of memory. Her work has appeared in McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Passages North, and The Review Review, where she is a regular contributor. 

Marie Horrigan is working on a collection of short stories focused on brief moments and their emotional undertones. Before turning to fiction, Horrigan was a political journalist in Washington, D.C., who covered presidential and congressional elections. She will receive her Master of Professional Writing from USC in May.

Blake Kimzey short fiction has been broadcast on NPR and published in Tin House, FiveChapters, Short Fiction, Puerto del Sol, The Los Angeles Review, and Surreal South '13. He is currently a student in the Programs In Writing at UC Irvine and is working on his first novel.

Eugenie Montague is pursuing her MFA in fiction from the University of California, Irvine. Her story, "Geometry," was featured on NPR as part of its Three Minute Fiction contest, and her story, "Ritual," received Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train's June 2012 Fiction Open. She lives in Los Angeles.

Angela Peñaredondo is a poet and artist from Los Angeles. She is also a recipient of a University of California Institute for Research in the Arts Grant, Gluck Fellowship, and UCLA Community Access Scholarship. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Sin Fronteras, Thrush, Solo Novo, Ghost Town and elsewhere.

Amanda Ruud holds a BA from Tufts University. An MFA student at UC Riverside, she is currently at work on a collection of short fiction.

Rachel Schramm is a 25-year-old poet living in Los Angeles, working on her MFA at Otis College of Art and Design. Her interests include tide pools, weather systems, and large, stately conifers.

Victor Yates’ writing has appeared in Windy City Times, Edge, and Qulture. Recently two of his poems were included in the anthology For Colored Boys, edited by Keith Boykin. The anthology won the American Library Association's Stonewall Book Award. He is also the winner of the Elma Stuckey Writing Award.

Emerson Whitney is an experimental poet, writer, and journalist based in Los Angeles. Emerson’s writing has appeared in CA Conrad’s Jupiter 88, Troubling the Line: Anthology of Trans and Genderqueer Poetry, Work Magazine, Shampoo, Bombay Gin, KCRW’s UnFictional, the Huffington Post, the New York Observer, and elsewhere. Emerson is a 2013 Kari Edwards fellow on behalf of Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. And is the author of the forthcoming documentary poetics project, Ghost Box.