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Spalding MFA Alumni Association Newsletter. March 2022 Issue

Welcome new faculty!

We’re delighted to welcome Lee Martin to the fiction faculty and Ellen Hagan to the Writing for Children & YA faculty!

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Lee Martin

Ellen Hagan

Opportunities Coming Up

at AWP...

6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at Tattooed Mom, 530 South Street, Philadelphia. Bring something short to read at our open mic!

at Spring residency...

Save the date! Our 20th anniversary gala and renaming celebration takes place Thursday, May 26, on the rooftop at the Brown Hotel. Special thanks to Nana Lampton (P '04) for her generous gift to make the event extra special.

Hole up at the Brown or on campus with our weeklong Writing at the Brown alumni retreat, May 21-28. Reserve your spot by April 10.

Homecoming takes place in person Wednesday - Friday, May 25-27, with additional virtual sessions. To book your room at the Brown, call 502-583-1234 and request the Spalding Friends & Family rate.

in Paris...

Travel enrollment is now open for our Summer residency in Paris, July 18-26. Enroll by March 22 for our $300 early-bird discount!

Post-master’s certificate students receive a $2K tuition discount. Email Katy for details. 

Join Katy at noon ET / 9 PT Friday, March 18 on Zoom for an informal Paris Q&A. Bring your travel questions!

every week...

Join one (or more!) of our weekly “Write with Me” sessions:

Sundays, 6-9 p.m. ET, hosted by Chella Courington

Or go to and enter meeting ID: 824 5106 4561 and Passcode 123123

Tuesdays, 7 p.m. ET (30-60 minutes), hosted by Jill Cox-Cordova

Or go to and enter meeting ID: 857 5953 0130 and Passcode: 112233

Starting March 24: Thursdays, 11 a.m. ET (around 75 minutes), hosted by Terry Price. Terry begins each session with an inspirational thought.

Or go to and enter meeting ID 869 3383 4598 and Passcode: 542428


twice a year, virtually...

Introducing a new virtual event for alums and students! Spalding’s Business of Writing Seminars take place twice yearly, beginning in September. Send us your proposals and suggestions

beginning this fall...

The School of Writing will offer a Distinguished Visiting Alumni lecture each fall and spring, on a topic in the featured area of concentration. Naming rights are available for the series.

Alumni News

The most recent Life of a Writer is up on the Good River Review blog. Y'all have been busy!

Send your Life of a Writer news. Next deadline is April15, but you can submit anytime!

A Spalding Lift

Please update your website with our new name, the Sena Jeter Naslund-Karen Mann Graduate School of Writing (or, for short, the Naslund-Mann Graduate School of Writing). Thanks for linking to us!

When you mention Spalding in your bio, please use our new name there as well.

Scholarship Referrals

The $2,000 Alumni Select Scholarship is for applicants you refer. Tell your friends to apply by August 1 for Fall. Thanks to recent referrers:


Connor Bjotvedt

Vanessa Gonzales

Nathan Gower

Silas House

Kathy Jones

Jaclyn Melcher

Karen Leslie Mills

Nikki-Nicole Peoples

Terry Price


Email Katy if your name should be added to this list.

2022 Gifts

Our thanks to the following donors for their generous support:

Cindy L. Brady

Christina Lee Brown

Kathleen Driskell, Chair

Elizabeth Dallmann (CNF '06)

Catherine Foy (F '13)

Angela Jackson-Brown (F '09), faculty 

Claudia Labin (F '07)

Nana Lampton (P ’04)

Karen Mann, Co-founder and Administrative Director

Tori Murden McClure (CNF '05, President of Spalding University)

Amanda Michael

Marilyn Moss (CNF ’09)

Diane Sweeney (F '07)

Dr. Elizabeth Winston (P '15)

Katy Yocom, Associate Director (F ’03) 

Honor a favorite writer

Consider making a gift in honor of a favorite mentor, a fellow student who traveled through the program at your side, or a friend or family member who believed in you.

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