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July 27, 2016

MFA Students Collect Books for Flood Relief

More than 100 books were collected by students and faculty of the MFA Program at West Virginia Wesleyan College during the 2016 summer residency for library flood relief in West Virginia. The book drive was organized and managed by Lisa Minney of Stumptown, a student in the program and publisher of Two-Lane Livin’ Magazine.

Books collected include those on dance, history, writing, culture, education, home repair, government, and hobbies. Novels and children’s books were also donated.

“The floods hit the week before our ten-day residency,” Minney said. “I asked the other students to bring unmarked books in good condition with them when they came to campus. The response was a little overwhelming, considering there are only nineteen students in the program.”

Writers are also readers, and books arrived in bags and boxes with students from all over the state, from Virginia, and as far as Rochester, NY. “When I returned from residency, I saw there was another local book drive,” said Minney. “It just makes sense to combine the books we have to that local effort.”

West Virginia Wesleyan’s low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program offers writers the opportunity to study with accomplished and dedicated mentors in an intimate, student-centered environment. For more information on the program, visit   

Two-Lane Livin’ Magazine is the largest grassroots publication in the state of West Virginia, circulated monthly into 18 regional counties across the central portion of the state. Digital editions are online at

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