Creative Writing Program graduates to present master of fine arts thesis readings

by Tracy Graf

Six students in the University of Notre Dame’s Creative Writing Program will present master of fine arts thesis readings Friday (April 19) at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Hesburgh Center for International Studies on campus. The event is free and open to the public.p. Graduating students Jenny Boully, Jenny Bryant, John Dethloff, Nora Edwards, John Readey and Michael Richards each will present work from a collection of stories or creative nonfiction, a novel or a collection of poetry.p. Boully is one of only 16 students nationwide to win the Associated Writing Programs’ Journal Prize for her poetry. Her book of lyric essays, “The Body,” will be published by Slope Editions this spring.p. Bryant is the first recipient of the Nicholas Sparks Prize, through which she will receive a one-year residency at Notre Dame to work on her first book. The Sparks Prize was established last year with a $1.5-million gift from Sparks, a best-selling author and 1988 Notre Dame graduate.p. The Creative Writing Program is a two-year degree program centered on workshops in poetry and fiction and offers courses in literature, translation, literary publishing and thesis preparation. The highly selective program admits just 10 writers each year.p. p.

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