Our Word | Writers-in-Residence

Writer in Residence for Fall 2016: Alice Sola Kim
Alice Sola Kim, a left-handed anchor baby currently residing in New York, is a winner of the 2016 Whiting Award. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in places such as Tin House, The Village Voice, McSweeney's Literary Quarterly, BuzzFeed Books, and The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy. She has received grants and scholarships from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the Elizabeth George Foundation.
About Our Word Writers-in-Residence (WiR)

One of the cornerstones of Our Word’s mission is to provide opportunities for students to have mentorship with writers of color currently working in fiction, poetry or creative nonfiction. In an effort to bring a more diverse perspective to the MFA Program, we invite one artist to be our Writer-in-Residence (WiR) each semester. Copies of the WiR’s books and articles are made readily available to students. The WiR offers feedback to student work in a one-on-one conference setting, providing not only an additional source of feedback, but personal experience and understanding of the unique challenges of writers of minority backgrounds.

Students also receive opportunities to ask more general questions about publishing and race, the writer’s life, academia and teaching during a one-hour Q&A. This is a chance for us to engage with the artist as someone on the path that we hope to travel. One of the most memorable experiences of being an Our Word member is the privilege of meeting with our Writers-in-Residence.
Samantha Thornhill with Writing Program Students
Samantha Thornhill with Writing Program Students
Past Writers-in-Residence include:

Valeria Luiselli
Lynn Chandhok
Wesley Brown
Samantha Thornhill
Marie Mockett
James Canon
Colson Whitehead
Victor LaValle ('98, Faculty)
Hari Kunzru
Monica de la Torre ('95)
Monica Ferrell ('02)
Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts
Cynthia Cruz
James Canon Monica Ferrell Hari Kunzru Colson Whitehead
James Canon, Monica Ferrell ('02), Hari Kunzru, Colson Whitehead
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