ABOUT THE ANTICS! READING SERIES:
UC Irvine’s MFA Programs in Writing admit just six fiction writers & six poets per year out of 1000+ applicants. Chosen for both their strong voices & commitment to developing their work in an intensive, intimate creative space, writers enrolled in the Programs in Writing are given three funded years to produce a book-length project.
The MFA Reading Series (a.k.a. Antics!) is a crucial part of the Programs in Writing, an opportunity for the writers to share their work with the larger community. Every reading features two poets and two fiction writers currently enrolled in the program, each of whom reads for around fifteen minutes, providing a sampling of their work.
Notable alumni of the Programs in Writing include Aimee Bender, Hector Tobar, Michael Chabon, Danzy Senna & Yusef Komunyakaa, as well as David Benioff of Game of Thrones fame.
ABOUT THE FEATURED READERS
James Yamada is a third-year fiction student with a background in engineering & physics. He writes about the long-term future of humanity & how we can better protect it.
Jacob Deason is a first-year poetry student from Long Beach, California, who has enjoyed his employment in the maritime industry while receiving an education in writing.
Emma Cairns Watson is a second-year fiction student from LA. Pre-MFA, she coordinated conferences for UCLA, stocked Container Store shelves, & ran corticosteroid assays on chompy voles.
Adam De Petris is a third-year poetry student. He isn't good at introductions. He walks around, reads books, etc. Mostly he just drinks coffee.