AULA’s MFA in Creative Writing program has just published the second issue of the popular online literary journal Lunch Ticket, which features the rich works of poets, artists, authors, essayists, and interviewers. Lunch Ticket is produced twice a year and is edited by Antioch University MFA graduate students. The current issue includes a featured essay by Diana Woods, who recently lost her battle with cancer after earning her MFA degree in Creative Writing from AULA last year at the age of 70. The issue also features interviews with bestselling author Aimee Bender; author and Los Angeles Times book critic David Ulin; and AULA MFA graduate Jillian Lauren, whose memoir Some Girls covers her time spent in a prince’s harem in Brunei. You can read these and many other fascinating submissions in the Winter/Spring 2013 issue.
Antioch University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program was founded in 1997 as the nation’s first low-residency creative writing program on the West Coast by Professor Emerita Eloise Klein Healy. Last week, Healy was named the City of Los Angeles’ first poet laureate by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who stated that, “Eloise Klein Healy’s work highlight[s] the truly innovative and imaginative nature of our City’s literary genius. I am proud to have her serve as the Ambassador to our City’s vibrant poetry and literary culture.”
At AULA’s two 10-day residencies each year, students gather at the site of the world’s only MFA program specifically devoted to literature and the pursuit of social justice. Rather than focusing exclusively on the completion of a single book-length final manuscript, the MFA program educates students in the various roles of the writer in society, and how to make a difference on the page and in the diverse communities where writers work and live.