MFA in Creative Writing

MFA Summer Reading: Benjamin Garcia

7:00pm - 8:00pm EDT June 25

Location: Ballyhoo Books, 111 W. Superior St.

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing program at Alma College will offer a public reading by faculty mentor and poet Benjamin Garcia at its 2022 summer residency.

The Alma MFA in Creative Writing Summer Reading Series invites you to join us at Ballyhoo Books for a public reading featuring faculty mentor and poet Benjamin Garcia. The series celebrates Alma College’s first graduate program.

Benjamin Garcia’s first collection, THROWN IN THE THROAT (Milkweed Editions, August 2020), was selected by Kazim Ali for the 2019 National Poetry Series. He works as a sexual health and harm reduction educator in the Finger Lakes region of New York. A son of Mexican immigrants, he received his BA from the University of New Mexico and his MFA from Cornell University.

Benjamin had the honor of being a 2019 Lambda Literary fellow, the 2018 CantoMundo Fellow at the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, and the 2017 Latinx Scholar at the Frost Place Conference on Poetry. He is the winner of the 2018 Puerto del Sol Poetry Contest and the 2019 Julia Peterkin Flash Fiction Contest. His poems and essays have recently appeared or are forthcoming in: AGNI, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Missouri Review, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Best New Poets, Crazyhorse, Lithub, and Breakbeat Poets Vol 4: LatiNext. Find him at