2010 MFA in Writing

March 26
Molly Detwiler
Thomas Reese
Jaime Britton
Shazelle Goulet
Melanie Farle
Alex Vikmanis

April 10
Sara Consolati
Josh Breitbart
David Addona
Michelle Krivanek
Todd Johnson
Erin Morrill
Lisa Gordon

April 16
Seth Singleton
Brittany Ham
Christine Meade
Emma Rose Miller
Emily Jern-Miller
Molly Prentiss

April 24
Sarah Fontaine
Stephanie Suggs
Junior Clemons
Julie Littman
Sarah L. Webb
Madeleine Zinn
Dustin Acton

Seth Singleton  
This is my light
Artist Statement
Seth worked many jobs on his road to the CCA Writing Center. The first time he walked through its doors, he felt safe and unworthy within the same breath. Contemplating leaving its space is no more difficult than leaving behind a loved one.
Now, he returns to the world armed like the Prince Five-Weapons from Joseph Cambell’s mythologies. A collection of stories, the first half of a novel — and the blueprints to finish it, a syllabus for teaching creative writing, the quiver filled with writing exercises and the list of required reading for life.
In his quest to teach, write, publish, edit, and grow, a spirit of writing, like a hearth fire, nurtured by the guidance of teachers and the support of friends, burns within him. He knows that with every endeavor sparks are cast into the air.

Thesis Work
Barry started coming to the old brick bar on 12th and Jackson about ten years ago, give or take a couple months. That was when it was the Gilded Goose.
He spent the first two years performing Steve Martin impressions for the doormen and bartenders. They let him inside after wiping the tears from their eyes and served him drinks with a smile, a wink and a nod that said, yeah, we know you’re only twenty. The older waitresses taught him how to flirt and the younger girls taught him which lines worked.
Barry had come back every Friday and Saturday to confirm his connection and add to his growing list of impersonations. The doormen never blocked his way, the older waitresses kept flirting, and then it was like he could talk to any woman. Three years later, Barry was working the door Tuesdays and Thursdays and as a bar back Friday and Saturday nights. He liked walking Maryanne Wellis to her car after the bar closed. One night she offered him a ride home. When they pulled up to a trash lined curb Maryanne asked if she could come inside his studio apartment and use the bathroom.
Three days after his 23rd birthday Barry took his first weekend bartending shift. He called Maryanne on his break and she put the baby on the phone so he could say hi. For the last five years he could be found Monday through Saturday behind the bar from 2 p.m. to close and nobody worked the door anymore.

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