MFA Mixer in Oakland (April 21)

a note from Watchword:

Please join us this Monday, April 21, for the Second Annual MFA Mixer. Students from 7 Bay Area MFA programs (CCAC, SF State, Mills College, St. Mary’s, New College, USF, Cal State Hayward) are invited to participate in our Happy Hour, Open Mic, and Literary Exchange. The public is welcome to come join in on the happy hour as well!

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; Open Mic begins at 8:15 p.m. (arrive by 8 to sign up). The venue is Mama Buzz Café, 2318 Telegraph Ave. (@ 23rd) in Oakland, accessible by AC Transit and only 4 blocks from the 19th St. BART station. Directions: 510-465-4073.

We don’t need to explain what Happy Hour or Open Mic are. But what exactly is the Literary Exchange?

To facilitate connections among MFA students from different programs, we wanted to create a way to experience each other’s writing – in addition to the Open Mic readings. How does it work? Simply bring copies of your creative work – whether it’s a poem, short story, chapbook, ‘zine, or broadside – to share with other students. It can be as simple as a photocopy or as elaborate as a designed booklet. Give some, collect some, start a conversation. It’s that easy! Think of it as publishing your work to a small and appreciative audience.

There are only 2 rules: the work you bring must be free, and you should include your name, school, and a way for people to contact you.

If you have any questions about the Literary Exchange or the event, please feel free to contact Danielle Jatlow at danielle [at] watchwordpress [dot] org or Grace Loh of Mills College at graceloh [at] pacbell [dot] net.