Fall 2024 Visiting Writers Series

George Mason University’s Creative Writing Program joins Watershed Lit and Mason’s University Libraries in presenting the Fall 2024 Visiting Writers Series.

Writers will meet for afternoon workshops with students from Mason’s MFA program in creative writing and will then participate in programs that same evening—open to the public, with readings and conversations hosted by Mason’s creative writing community. 

Evening programs will be held in person on Mason’s Fairfax Campus—either at 6 p.m. (for events co-presented by Fall for the Book) or at 7:30 p.m. with venues to be announced later.

Visit creativewriting.gmu.edu for updated information ahead. 



Thursday, September 26, 7:30 p.m.

Andrew Bertaina is the author of the short story collection, One Person Away From You, which won the 2020 Moon City Press Award in Short Fiction. He has a collection of essays, The Body is a Temporary Gathering Place, coming out in 2024 with Autofocus Books. His work has appeared in The Threepenny Review, Witness, Redivider, Orion, Moon City Review, and The Best American Poetry. He has an MFA from American University, where he now teaches.



Wednesday, October 16, 6 p.m. — Part of the Fall for the Book Festival

Aaron Burch is the author of the memoir/literary analysis Stephen King’s The Body; the short story collection, Backswing; and the novella, How to Predict the Weather. He is the Founding Editor of HOBART. He is working on a novel, a maybe-chapbook of short-short prose, and collection of essays, This Was All Before The Internet, about growing up and music and religion, essays from which, about Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, and Alice in Chains, have appeared in Salon, Catapult, and The Smart Set. He teaches at the University of Michigan.


Thursday, October 17, 6 p.m. — Part of the Fall for the Book Festival

V. V. Ganeshananthan (she/her) is the author of the novels Brotherless Night, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and Love Marriage, which was longlisted for the Women's Prize and named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post. Her work has appeared in Granta, The New York Times, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading, among other publications. She has served as visiting faculty at the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan and at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and now teaches in the MFA program at the University of Minnesota, where she is a McKnight Presidential Fellow and associate professor of English. She co-hosts the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast on Literary Hub, which is about the intersection of literature and the news.



Friday, October 18, 6 p.m. — Part of the Fall for the Book Festival

J. Michael Martinez is the author of four collections of poetry, including Heredities (LSU Press), which received the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, and Museum of the Americas (Penguin), which was selected for the National Poetry Series Competition and long-listed for the 2018 National Book Award in Poetry; his most recent work is Tarta Americana (Penguin). He is an assistant professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at San Jose State University.



Thursday, November 21, 7:30 p.m.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Don Mee Choi is the author of the KOR-US trilogy: Mirror Nation (Wave Books, 2024), the National Book Award winning collection DMZ Colony (Wave Books, 2020), and Hardly War (Wave Books, 2016). She is a recipient of fellowships from the MacArthur, Guggenheim, Lannan, and Whiting Foundations, as well as the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program. Her translation of Kim Hyesoon’s poetry collection, Autobiography of Death (New Directions, 2018), received the 2019 International Griffin Poetry Prize. And most recently, her translation of Phantom Pain Wings (New Directions, 2023) won the 2023 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry.