Congratulations Again, Pacific University MFA

Posted by Robert Peake.

I flipped open my copy of Poets & Writers this month to discover that Pacific University’s MFA in Writing Program has ranked fourth among the top low-residency MFA programs in the U.S., edging up one place from last year. Congratulations to the faculty, students, and staff who made this possible. What is remarkable is that… Read more »

Reading at the Ruskin Art Club

Posted by Robert Peake.

I spent a rich and meaningful afternoon reading poems with fellow Pacific University Alumni: Kathryn Belsey, Michelle Bitting, Jonathan Harris, and George Wallace–as well as eminent faculty member David St. John. The Ruskin Art Club played host, thanks to the ever-gracious Elena Karina Byrne, to this reunion of sorts. Afterward I heard audience members remark… Read more »

More on Choosing to Do an MFA

Posted by Robert Peake.

A website modestly entitled “The Best Damn Creative Writing Blog…Period” recently collected questions from readers about doing an MFA. They sent me the questions, and I responded to each one. Then, much like the trick where one whisks away a table cloth, leaving the items on the table in tact–I swiped the questions and stitched… Read more »

“Should I Do An MFA?” (and Farewell, Read Write Poem)

Posted by Robert Peake.

It saddens me to report that, with the departure of the founder, and with the site’s editorial, maintenance, and technical needs having grown beyond the capabilities for a new all-volunteer team to take it on, the excellent poetry social networking website Read Write Poem will close its doors May 1st. It has been a pleasure… Read more »

Cloudbank Precipitates Great Poetry

Posted by Robert Peake.

“How open to suggestion / they have always been, carrying nothing // with them of the past, content to leave almost / everything behind…” -Christopher Buckley, “New Clouds” I received a complimentary copy of the premiere issue of Cloudbank today. The journal is co-edited by Peter Sears, core faculty in the Pacific Unviersity MFA program,… Read more »

Pacific University MFA Commencement Student Speech

Posted by Robert Peake.

Today I had the honor of giving the student speech at the 2009 Pacific University commencement ceremony. Here is the text of that speech. § Associate Provost Wilkes, Dean Hayes, Vice President Akers, Ms. Washburn, faculty, staff, graduates, alumni, family, and friends–good afternoon. Today we celebrate our completion of the requirements for Pacific University’s Master… Read more »

Poetry and Productivity

Posted by Robert Peake.

I would not have been able to complete an MFA in writing poetry while holding down a job as a technology executive had I not been a longtime practitioner of the GTD® methodology. In a recently released podcast, David Allen, my boss and the inventor of GTD, asked me about how the GTD concept of… Read more »