Castalia is a monthly reading series at Hugo House featuring graduate students, faculty, and alumni from the University of Washington MFA program. This evening features first-year prose candidate Kelly McMeekin, first-year poetry candidate Aya Gold, second-year prose candidate Catherine Cole Rogers, poetry alumna Katherine Ogle, and prose faculty David Bosworth.
Kelly McMeekin is a MFA prose candidate at the University of Washington.
Aya Gold is from Tokyo and California. Currently, she is an MFA candidate at the University of Washington. Her work has appeared in Poetica, Vagabond, and Oatmeal Magazine, among others.
Catherine Cole Rogers was published in InterSections 2007 for a short story called “Concrete Desert” and was the recipient of an Artist Trust Grant for a theatre play, “Stalking Rainbows.” She was a reader for the Seattle Review in 2015 and a reader for The FilmSchool this spring for their 9th Annual Great American Short Screenplay Contest. A workshop of her screenplay “Original Intentions” was conducted February 23rd 2016, sponsored by the UW English Department’s MFA Graduate Student Program.
Katharine Ogle lives and works in Seattle as a teacher, editor, writer, and occasional maternity model.
David Bosworth’s fiction, poetry, and literary and cultural essays have been published in numerous journals, including The Agni Review, Salmagundi, Ploughshares, The Public Interest, The Georgia Review, Raritan, Society, and Sinn und Form, the journal of Germany’s Academy of the Arts. His collection of short fiction, The Death of Descartes, was selected by Robert Penn Warren for the Drue Heinz Literature Prize and won a special citation from PEN and the Ernest Hemingway Foundation. His novel, From My Father, Singing was a recipient of the Editors’ Book Award. Bosworth’s work has been reviewed or discussed in Newsweek, New York Times Book Review, U.S. News and World Report, The Washington Post, The Nation, and elsewhere. He has given readings, lectures, held workshops, and conducted colloquia at various locales, including Harvard University, Pomona College, University of Louisville, and the New America Foundation. Over the last fifteen years, he has contributed to a number of collective projects on cultural change in America, studying topics such as the fragility of the American family, the prevalence of adult immaturity, the demise of thrift as economic value, and the corporate invasion of public spaces. Two books—The Demise of Virtue in Virtual America: The Moral Origins of the Great Recession (Front Porch Republic, 2014) and Conscientious Thinking: Making Sense in Post-Modern Times (forthcoming from University of Georgia Press in 2017), allied studies in ethical and epistemological change— are the culmination of all that work. A resident of Seattle, Bosworth is a professor in, and the former director of, the University of Washington’s Creative Writing Program.