Next Words: CalArts Writers Showcase

Next Words: CalArts Writers Showcase

Next Words is a reading series and publication produced by the CalArts MFA in Creative Writing and featuring its graduating students. Taking place in the spring at venues across Los Angeles—bookstores, music and art spaces, and even a permanent movie set—Next Words culminates in a final event at REDCAT, showcasing the grit, style and perspectives of these imaginative emerging writers. 

This year's NextWords anthology, entitled Nightjar, will be available for purchase—featuring a selection of fiction, poetry, nonfiction and genre-fluid works.  The anthology and the showcase offer excellent opportunities to experience new literary works that are uniquely CalArts—the results of this creative writing program’s lively explorations alongside and across film, video, music, performance and visual art.

The MFA Creative Writing Program is also pleased to announce “Stamina,” Issue 3 of its new magazine, Sublevel, which has just launched online.

The CalArts MFA Writing Showcase is free and open to the public.

Reservations are required due to limited seating. Call the REDCAT box office to make your reservation at 213-237-2800. 

For more information about CalArts' unique interdisciplinary MFA Creative Writing Program, visit

This event is hosted by CalArts' School of Critical Studies. The 2019 Next Words series and anthology was curated and edited by Travis Nishii, Lucy Blagg and S. Michelle Beard.

Sublevel is edited by Lauren Mackler (Managing Editor), Maryam Kazeem, Elena Murphy, Perwana Nazif, Beatrice Robinson, Sabrina Tarasoff and Sarah Yanni 

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THU 5/16
3:00 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff