Memoir or Autobiography? Serial Musings on the Fiction of Memory

Written by MFA@CIIS candidate Guy Slater

Part 2: Mixed-MotherMetaphors

The last alien spawn of memory gestating within me is the time mother showed up after a disappearance of several years in a crappy white van filled to the brim with…

Memoir or Autobiography? Serial Musings on the Fiction of Memory

Written by MFA@ CIIS candidate Guy Slater

Part One: SpawnMomma

“Venus is a Hellscape” by MFA@CIIS alumna Noelle Correia

A mother is the womb. A mother is the heart. She is the small comforts and she is a battleground. Above all, mother is an idea. At least mine is.

Andrea Lynn, CIIS MFA graduate, writes about teaching undergraduate students to interrogate relationships, coexistence, and the interconnectedness of our world.

“Survival of the fittest or of the most compassionate? That’s the first question undergrads meet in the ROCK (Roots of Compassion and Kindness) courses I teach. …

Written by MFA@CIIS candidate, Nathan Dean Talamantez.

The two books I’ve written, Sacred Fool and The Texifornia Border, have followed a single thread: Self-healing. But while writing them I felt like a burn victim being manually exfoliated. I was often reminded of the quote by psychologist and Holocaust survivor Victor…

by Meg Hayertz, MFA ‘16

7 of Fire: Alan Saint Clark (IG@alan_t_clark)

How many times has a critique left you thinking: How the hell am I going to make these changes? I’m not good enough. Could I contort myself into being good enough? I should quit. But I don’t want to quit. I’ll force good writing out…

MFA Core Faculty member and writer Carolyn Cooke is thinking a lot about the future of cities, and the future of humans in cities

“I Contain Multitudes” is short piece I wrote recently for Journal of the Plague Years, an online journal edited by the intrepid journalist Susan Zakin that…

Newly published author and current MFA candidate Dean Talamantez talks to us about what went into the making of his first published book, Sacred Fool. The book was created as a gift to famed Chilean-French filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky.

Cover image for Sacred Fool, Dean Talamantez’s new book

What is the origin story of your interest in Jodorowsky? Are there…

MFA Program Coordinator Megan Jacobs reflects on connecting within the MFA Program in the Age of Virtualization

As we are coming around to a full year since the pandemic changed life as we know it, I have been reflecting on the nature of how we interact with one another.


Led by guidance received in her dreams, MFA@CIIS graduate Lola Victor has moved, painted, and published beyond borders.

MFA alum Lola Victor in front of one of her paintings

My inquiry as an MFA candidate into my own narrative as an artist and a person was the seed that developed into my MFA project, propelled me into a post-graduation international relocation…

MFA@CIIS graduate Heidi Kraay describes the creative process that has supported her for years.

Playwright, writer, and theater-maker Heidi Kraay. Photo by Chaz Gentry

The creative process I can count on listens to the underbelly of my mind, taking myself apart and putting me back together. Later I pick up the pieces and type what resonates, but more important is…


Blog of the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Writing program at California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.

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