MFA in Creative Writing @ St. Mary's College Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Scholarship Fund Gala

MFA in Creative Writing @ St. Mary’s College Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Scholarship Fund Gala

Founded in 1995, the MFA in Creative Writing program at St. Mary’s College celebrates their 20th anniversary with a night of literary toasts by some of the larger community’s luminaries, with all of the proceeds to benefit a scholarship fund for MFA students. Litseen is proud to have been the media sponsor for this event, which took place on Saturday, February 27 @ Dolby Chadwick Gallery and featured toasts by Daniel Handler, Robert HassCristina GarcíaYiyun Li, Joyce Carol Oates Al Young, as well as two students currently in the program: Tiffany Jimenez and Siavash Saadlou:


The program has earned a stellar reputation locally and internationally for its award-winning and beloved faculty—among them Hass, Brenda HillmanLysley Tenorio, and Matthew Zapruder, who hosted the event.

You can read more about the program and its 350+ alumni here—you can also watch some of them below, as I have been fortunate enough to attend many events they’ve produced, or in which they’ve participated.

For one quick shot of the program, though, watch Nick Vulpes reading his teacher Brenda Hillman’s poems:

When you have some time and are looking for a good way to spend it:

If you can afford a ticket it’s a great cause and you’ll have a great time. I went to one of the St. Mary’s MFA Benefits and felt like a star. I suppose that’s because I was surrounded by stars. But also because there was a sense that the students were used to being surrounded by stars, and though they were happy to celebrate that fact, they did not take it for granted.

The event includes beer and wine, food, a raffle and silent auction, live music, a DJ, and, of course, the probability that you will do a lot of smiling.

The 20th Anniversary Scholarship Fund Gala
1 p.m. Saturday, Feb 27. Dolby Chadwick Gallery, 210 Post St., S.F.

Tickets are $125 per person or $50 for MFA alumni and available here, with all proceeds benefitting the MFA Scholarship Fund. The fair market value of the event is $50, and all contributions exceeding fair market value are tax-deductible.

For more information, include bios and a map, check out the benefit page.