GREAT TO RECONNECT with former Ateneo classmates this Memorial Day weekend through a Viber group: Andy and Rio Denoga, Joel Cocjin, Cynthia Mendoza, Nick Cruz, Ric Mateo, Dennis Garcia, Tom Falgui, Raffy Vargas, Leng Apostol, Meong Mendoza, Bobby Montemar, Tony Galvez, Alfred Potenciano and Alex Liu, Jr.--kindred souls all in different professions and parts of the world, brought together by this lockdown and memories of our Ateneo days more than four decades ago.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Queens College Offers An MFA In Creative Writing


MY OTHER alma mater, Queens College (the University of the Philippines Diliman being the other) is now offering an MFA program in Creative Writing and Translation. I have always dreamed of obtaining an MFA, in addition to my MLS, and maybe this is my chance despite my age. I work on the same campus at Rosenthal Library, one of two jobs I hold at the City University of New York system (the other being at the Center for Teaching Excellence of Bronx Community College). QC has a lovely 77 acre campus about ten minutes drive from home, has always been considered as "the jewel of the CUNY system," and was ranked by Kaplan/Newsweek College Guide as one of "America's Hottest Schools" in 2008. Writers-in-Residence include Kimiko Hahn, Nicole Cooley and Roger Sedarat. Last Monday, they had an open house and launched a new literary journal called Ozone Park. I will post the program's activities as they come. QC also sponsors Evening Readings on Tuesdays at 7 pm.

Here is my degree, and pictures of the QC campus from the main quadrangle. One looks west, with the Manhattan skyline in the background and the clock tower of Rosenthal Library, known for its Louis Armstrong Archives, in the foreground. The other looks east through the main quadrangle toward Jefferson Hall, built in 1907.






















Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, Queens, New York 11367, phone (718) 997-5000

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