Dates and times announced for Visiting Writers at MFAW Summer Residency

Visiting writers and poets will be on campus for the upcoming MFA in Writing summer residency. 

The program’s next residency begins June 25, 2017 and runs through July 6, 2017. This residency’s visiting writers come from numerous backgrounds and one is a VCFA alumna. 

Mary CappelloMary Cappello—Visiting Creative Nonfiction writer
Reading: Wednesday, June 28, 7pm (free & open to the public)
College Hall Chapel

Mary Cappello is the author of five books of literary nonfiction, including Awkward: A Detour (Bellevue Literary Press, 2007), a Los Angeles Times bestseller; Swallow (The New Press, 2011), based on the Chevalier Jackson Foreign Body Collection in Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum; and the mood fantasia Life Breaks In: A Mood Almanack (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2016). Her work has been featured in The New York Times,, The Huffington Post, on NPR, in guest author blogs for PowellsBooks, and appears in such journals as Cabinet Magazine, The Georgia Review, and Salmagundi. She has performed her work in venues ranging from the Smithsonian Institution to the Velaslavasay Panorama, from Brooklyn’s Observatory and U/Penn's Grand Rounds in Otorhinolaryngology, to more recent collaboratively created “mood rooms.” A Guggenheim and Berlin Prize Fellow, a recipient of the Dorothea Lange/Paul Taylor Prize from Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies, and the Bechtel Prize for Educating the Imagination from Teachers and Writers Collaborative, Cappello is a former Fulbright lecturer at the Gorky Literary Institute (Moscow, Russia) and currently Professor of English and creative writing at the University of Rhode Island.

Victor LaValleVictor LaValle—Visiting Fiction Writer
Reading: Sunday, July 2, 7pm (free & open to the public)
College Hall Chapel

Victor LaValle is the award-winning author of slapboxing with jesus (Vintage, 1999), The Ecstatic (Crown, 2002), Big Machine (Spiegel & Grau, 2009), Lucretia and the Kroons (Spiegel & Grau, 2012), The Devil in Silver (Spiegel & Grau, 2012), and The Ballad of Black Tom (, 2016). His forthcoming novel, The Changeling, will be published by Spiegel & Grau in June 2017. He has been awarded the American Book Award, the Ernest J. Gaines Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship among others. He teaches writing at Columbia University and lives in New York with his family.

Ada LimonAda Limón—Visiting Poet
Reading: Friday, June 30, 7pm (free & open to the public)
College Hall Chapel

Ada Limón is the author of four books of poetry, including Bright Dead Things (Milkweed Editions, 2015), which was named a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, a finalist for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award, and one of the Top Ten Poetry Books of the Year by The New York Times. Her other books include Lucky Wreck (Autumn House, 2006), This Big Fake World (Pearl Editions, 2006), and Sharks in the Rivers (Milkweed Editions, 2010). She serves on the faculty of Queens University of Charlotte Low Residency MFA program, and the 24Pearl Street online program for the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. She also works as a freelance writer splitting her time between Lexington, Kentucky and Sonoma, California.

Robin MacArthurRobin MacArthur—Visiting Alumna Fiction writer
Reading: Monday, July 3, 7pm (free & open to the public)
College Hall Chapel

Robin MacArthur lives on the hillside farm where she was born in Marlboro, Vermont. Her debut collection of short stories, Half Wild (Ecco, 2016), was the winner of the PEN New England award for fiction, and a finalist for the New England Book Award. Robin is also the editor of Contemporary Vermont Fiction: An Anthology (Green Writers Press, 2014) and one-half of the indie folk duo Red Heart the Ticker, which has been featured on A Prairie Home Companion and NPR’s Morning Edition.

She is the recipient of two Creation Grants from the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. When not writing, Robin spends her time prying rocks out of unruly garden soil, picking blackberries and raspberries outside her back door, and traipsing through woods with her big-hearted and half-wild children. Her forthcoming novel, Heart Spring Mountain, will be published by Ecco (HarperCollins) in January of 2018.

Emily RaboteauEmily Raboteau—Visiting Fiction/Creative Nonfiction writer
Reading: Saturday, July 1, 7pm (free & open to the public)
College Hall Chapel

Emily Raboteau is known for writing about race, identity, and social justice. She is author of the novel The Professor's Daughter (Henry Holt, 2005) and the creative nonfiction work Searching for Zion: The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora (Grove/Atlantic, 2013), a finalist for the Hurston Wright Legacy Award and winner of a 2014 American Book Award.  Her fiction and essays have been widely published and anthologized in Best American Short Stories, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Tin House, McSweeney's, Freeman's, The Guardian, The Believer, Salon, and elsewhere. Honors include a Pushcart Prize, the Chicago Tribune's Nelson Algren Award, and fellowships from the NEA, NYFA, the Lannan Foundation and MacDowell.  

An avid world traveler, Raboteau resides in NYC and teaches creative writing in Harlem at City College, once known as "the poor man's Harvard." She is at work completing her next novel, about the intersecting lives of the residents of a building in upper Manhattan, as told through the eyes of its superintendent.