Three Alums Score Publications and Praise: VanCalbergh, Méndez-Booth and Neves

Summer 2013 is shaping up to be a hot one for MFA alums. The 
publication parade continues with Michael VanCalbergh ('13)  
and Nancy Méndez-Booth ('12) placing pieces in summer issues 
of Naugatuck River Review and Poets & Writers, respectively. 

Our alums are also spreading the words in other ways: Paula Neves ('12) 
recently conducted a poetry workshop at Our Sisters School in 
New Bedford, MA, and was cited in an article in the 
Portuguese-American Journal.

Mike VanCalbergh's poem "History of Eating" is forthcoming in the 
August 2013 edition of the print journal Naugatuck River Review 
(www.naugatuckriverreview.com). Of his experience cooking up this 
four-course poem, Mike observes that it "came from trying to understand 
how certain habits, like the way you eat, can come from a very solid 
and interesting background. The four parts represent the four generations 
of eating strategies and how they evolved with each generation." 

As a perfect accent to the course she teaches, Latino/a Literature 
& Culture, Nancy Méndez-Booth's essay "Why We Write: Tilted Naked 
Weirdo" appears in the July/August 2013 issue of Poets & Writers. The 
essay "explains how Junot Díaz helped her find both her voice and the 
ability to tell the most uncomfortable—and most honest—stories" 
(http://www.pw.org/content/why_we_write_10).  

Of her experience teaching a one-hour poetry writing workshop to MA 
under-represented middle school girls after a rushed four-hour drive 
from NJ, PaulA Neves notes, "[it] helped me hit the ‘reset’ button and 
remember just why it is I do this ‘soul making’ work."  PaulA was 
especially cited for capturing the experience of being a visiting writer 
at this school serving mostly low-income students of Portuguese and 
Cape Verdean descent. Read about it in 
"Community: Writers program flourishes at Our Sisters School-
New Bedford, MA" in the Portuguese-American Journal 
(http://portuguese-american-journal.com/).