DON’T MISS: John Fowles Center Reading w/ Bosnian Writer Ismet Prcic, Monday @7pm

Ismet Prcic as a young man, via BOMB Magazine // Click to image to read the entire BOMB interview with Prcic from 2007.

Bosnian novelist, playwright, and screenwriter Ismet Prcic (otherwise referred to ‘Izzy‘) will visit The John Fowles Center for Creative Writing Monday, March 2 at 7pm. This is an event not to be missed, so remember to stay after workshop this week!

Author Bio (via

Ismet Prcic (ISS-met PER-sick) was born in Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina, in 1977 and immigrated to America in 1996. He holds an MFA from the University of California, Irvine, and was the recipient of a 2010 NEA Award for fiction. He is also a 2011 Sundance Screenwriting Lab fellow. He now lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife.

From the 2011 New York Times book review of Shards:

“‘Shards,’ the impressive first novel by Ismet Prcic, finds inventive ways to interrogate the anguish of enduring and then escaping Bosnia during the war of the 1990s.

The novel is constructed of fragments — shards — seemingly written by its main character, Ismet Prcic. Ismet grows up in Tuzla and manages to flee shortly before his induction into the “meat grinder” of the Bosnian infantry. He has survived and made his way to America, but is fractured by what he left behind. The novel comprises mostly segments from his therapist-­ordered memoir (or memoirs) and excerpts from his diary. These shards employ several narrative strategies. There are asterisked footnotes, italicized interruptions and self-reflexive comments about unreliability. There are first-, second- and third-person narrations, sometimes switching back and forth within a paragraph. This is a novel about struggling to find form for a chaotic experience. It pushes against convention, logic, chronology. But its disruptions are necessary. How do you write about war and the complications of memory? How do you write about dislocation, profound loneliness, terror? How does a human persevere?


For more information on Ismet Prcic, refer to his website, check out the entire interview with BOMB Magazine, or head over to his NEA Writer’s Corner.

On Being’s Interview with Mary Oliver, “Listening to the World”

Mary Oliver, via On Being

Via @OnBeing:

“Often quoted, but rarely interviewed, Mary Oliver is one of our greatest and most beloved poets. At 79, she honors us with an intimate conversation on the wisdom of the world, the salvation of poetry, and the life behind her writing.”

(Poem readings only)

DON’T MISS: John Fowles Center Reading with Bosnian Writer Ajla Terzić (Feb. 16 @ 7pm)

Ajla Terzic

Ajla Terzić was born in Travnik, Bosnia, and has received several awards for her short stories and essays in various media including the Hubert H.Humphrey (Fulbright) Fellowship, and the Central European Initiative Writers in Residence Award. Her works include the collection of poetry Kako teško pišem (How Difficult it Is for Me to Write, 2004) as well as the novels Lutrija (Lottery, 2009) and Mogla je biti prosta priča (It Could Have Been a Simple Story, 2011). 
Follow this link to read more about Ajla Terzić’s 2011 work, It Could Have Been a Simple Story, over at


OHS Students’ Reading at CU

The Chapman University/Orange High School Literacies Partnership, directed by Jan Osborn, collaborates with The John Fowles Center for Creative Writing, directed by Mark Axelrod, to provide a series of creative writing workshops for Orange High School students, grades 9 – 12. The Young Writers Workshop Series is an after-school program inviting the high school students to come to the university to learn techniques of writing fiction and poetry.

The program has served between twenty and twenty-five high school students each spring since 2009. English Department graduate students serve as creative writing instructors for the high school students who attend the after-school program. Each instructor works with a small group of students to develop their creative writing. After the writing sessions, the students attend The John Fowles Center Literary Forums, meeting and listening to readings by international writers. The last forum each season features the work of the high school students, as they read for their parents, the Orange High School community, and Chapman University.