Reading at Common Good Books

work_in_progress_readingI’m reading from the novel at Common Good Books on Thursday, November 6th at 7:00 pm. I’ll be sharing the room with the esteemed Robert Martin and Caitlin Bailey, who are likewise reading from their own manuscripts in progress. Come see what happens when you give the room (and the mic!) to a bunch of writers whose work isn’t yet bound between two covers.

It’s sure to be a high-wire night full of daring and bravado—or white-knuckled terror, depending on how easy/difficult it is to read from new work to a room full (one hopes) of friends. Ah, who am I kidding? It’s going to be a blast. Come for the wild ride because this lineup has never happened before and may never happen again.

For thrilling details like bios and so on, see the event listing at Common Good Books.

To make sure that I know you are coming so I know who’s going to be heckling me, join the Facebook event.

Thanks to the brilliant Jon Troutman for making this awesome event poster.

Thanks to David Enyeart at Common Good Books for hosting us.

And thanks to the Minnesota State Arts Board for making all this possible.

msab_logo_color_smallSteve Woodward is a fiscal year 2014 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Twin Cities Book Fair

Don’t miss the TCBF this Saturday at the state fairgrounds! I’ll be at the Graywolf booth from 11-1:30 if you want to stop by.

Rain Taxi’s got the full schedule here:

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Jim Moore will be reading from Underground, and Matthea Harvey will be reading from If the Tabloids Are True What Are You? 

It’s an extravaganza of local and national talent.

See you there.

Sierra Nevada Residency in Ireland

IMG_2079 Late August saw me flying out to the west coast of Ireland en route to Doolin, a small town known as the home of Irish traditional music. I spent a week there with the students and faculty of the Sierra Nevada low residency Creative Writing MFA program. I’ve been working with some of Sierra Nevada’s fourth-semester students on their thesis manuscripts, and I came along to take part in the summer residency. I’m working with Sierra Nevada as part of a new initiative the program has to provide students the chance to work with editors, and I think it’s an amazing opportunity.

It was awesome spending time with everyone there. They are all so talented and dedicated to their work. Highlights include taking hikes up to the nearby Cliffs of Moher, a boat trip to the Aran Islands, the graduation at the University of Galway during race weekend (horses), and as many readings as you could ever wish for. If you’ve considered getting an MFA, but don’t want to quit your job or relocate to do so, Sierra Nevada is a great option. Check out the program page for more info here:

http://www.sierranevada.edu/academics/humanities-social-sciences/creative-writing-mfa/