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Summer Pre-College Admission

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Message from Creative Writing Director

Welcome to the Marist College Summer Pre-College Creative Writing Institute! We are looking forward to working with you and hope you are eager to share your creativity with us. This course will introduce you to the college-level creative writing classroom. The stories, essays, and poems you will read will be used as models from which to spring into and progress your own writing. Regardless of your background or abilities, our classroom is a place of constructive instruction and encouragement. We want each student to feel comfortable and confident in exploring their ideas and challenging themselves as they work towards building their creative skills.  The course is composed of writing studios, field trips, workshops, craft talks with professional writers and evening readings.

We are excited to meet you and look forward to our two-week long creative conversation! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Warm regards,

Leigh (Lea) Graham, Ph.D., Director
Associate Professor of English, Marist College

Lea Graham is the author of the forthcoming collection of poetry, From the Hotel Vernon (Salmon Poetry, 2019), the chapbook, This End of the World: Notes to Robert Kroetsch (Apt. 9 Press, 2016) and Hough & Helix & Where & Here & You, You, You (No Tell Books, 2011). Her individual poems, reviews, essays, and translations have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She earned her B.A. in English from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English/Creative Writing from the University of Illinois-Chicago. She teaches creative writing and literature courses with a focus on contemporary poetry and theory, place studies, travel writing, music and cultural studies, and Latin American literature.   She is Associate Professor of English at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York where she has been on the faculty since 2007.