ToMo in Newark!




Toni Morrison

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OMG! OMG! OMG! I’ve just gotten the word that TONI MORRISON will read at Rutgers-Newark next year!

You all know that I am obsessed with ToMo. I was so dialed up over the news– which came via txt message from Jayne Anne Phillips — that I was unable to sleep. I wanted to call Cozbi and say, “Make me the baddest suit, ever! Start looking for fabric now!” Even typing this now, I have a tight feeling in my throat, making it hard to drink my coffee.

Toni Morrison at Rutgers-Newark.

Jayne Anne is amazing. You got to hand it to her. Our MFA program is only three years old. But we have charged forth with our mission which is to have the most diverse and dynamic MFA program in the country. And when we say diverse, we aren’t just talking about race, we mean nationality, sexuallity, and age. Our motto is Real Lives, Real Stories and we mean it. Our budget has always been modest, but with new cuts, it’s been slashed to ribbons. But still, one of the best reading series in the NYC area is on our campus, in Newark, New Jersey. We’ve hosted Junot Diaz, Patrica Smith, Yusef Komunyakaa, Rick Moody, Jaci Jones Lamon, E.L. Doctorow, and now: Toni Morrison.

It’s time for me to order my Joe Biden T-shirt.

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2 Responses to ToMo in Newark!

  1. J. Sills says:

    Great news. Maybe if I begin to camp out now I can get a seat. (When she read at Seton Hall a few years back, I couldn’t even get a spot in the hallway.)
    Well, we all know how much she’s in demand and her nod to Newark is tantamount to saying: Game recognize game. A great program, and growing locus of diverse, 21st century, creative edge. Students and faculty.

  2. JCPalazzo says:

    Been busy lately, i missed this one. I have to now make my obligatory comment for any Toni Morrison post of yours. confirming… I AM JEALOUS!
    ciao cara….