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Buddy and Me

By Allison Backous

As I write, my dog Buddy is nestled next to me, wrapped in an afghan, asleep. It is a rare moment, this silence, the sweetness of my dog sleeping next to me, his quiet breath punctuating the air. I don’t know how to write about a dog without sounding dorky or mushy, but I know this: Buddy may be a gift but he’s also a pain. Continue Reading …

Fall Faculty Changes

The coming Autumn quarter will bring exciting change to the MFA program: the welcome of two new faculty members. Continue Reading …

Gina Ochsner Wins the Grub Street Book Prize

Seattle Pacific University MFA fiction faculty member Gina Ochsner’s novel The Russian Dreambook of Color and Flight was recently awarded the 2011 Grub Street National Book Prize in Fiction! Continue Reading …

“Writing Is a Spiritual Exercise”: Jessica Eddings-Roeser

Before enrolling in the MFA program at SPU, I never told anyone that I was a writer. I felt like it was a hobby that I loved, but not necessarily an activity that I could justify given the needs of my family, students, and the hurting world. Continue Reading …

March Residency 2011 Highlights

By Dyana Herron

Last Saturday we wrapped up the residency at Camp Casey on Whidbey Island, and Sunday morning headed home, exhausted but happy. I’ve now attended nine SPU MFA residencies– five as a student and four as an administrator– and I think this was perhaps the most fun I’ve had at a residency so far.Continue Reading …



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