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Rion Amilcar Scott: Fall Visiting Writer Series

Rion Amilcar Scott: Fall Visiting Writer Series

The Creative Writing Program welcomes short story master Rion Amilcar Scott, MFA ’08, as the first visiting writer of its fall series, with a public reading on Thursday, September 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fenwick Library Reading Room on Mason’s Fairfax Campus.

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Spring 2019 Contest Winners

Spring 2019 Contest Winners

Mason's Creative Writing Program announced the winners of its annual spring writing contests. Ten lucky writers -- representing a mix of undergraduate and graduate students -- were awarded $500 each. The ten contests cover fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and many were established by Mason's acclaimed alumni authors and favorite former professors.

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Art Taylor Wins Edgar Award

Art Taylor Wins Edgar Award

Congratulations to Art Taylor, associate professor and assistant director of the Creative Writing Program, on winning the Edgar Allan Poe Award for his short story “English 398: Fiction Workshop."

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New Leaves 2019, April 8 - 12

New Leaves 2019, April 8 - 12

With visiting writers in three genres, a celebration for a long-time faculty member’s retirement, an afternoon workshop and panel discussion, and a documentary film screening, this year’s New Leaves Conference focuses on all aspects of writing: the craft, the business, and the life of the writer.

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Mason at AWP: March 27-30

Mason at AWP: March 27-30

Mason’s Creative Writing Program will be hosting two events at this year’s AWP Conference in Portland Oregon: a reception on Thursday, March 28, honoring Robert Bausch, an alumni and professor, and a breakfast get-together on Friday, March 29, for alumni, faculty, and students.

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Visiting Poet Ilya Kaminsky—Thursday, March 21

Visiting Poet Ilya Kaminsky—Thursday, March 21

Award-winning poet Ilya Kaminsky, celebrating his new book Deaf Republic, visits George Mason University on Thursday, March 21, at part of the Creative Writing Program’s Spring 2019 Visiting Writer Series, hosted for the first time this semester by George Mason University Libraries.

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Poetry Daily Editorial Board

Poetry Daily Editorial Board

Poetry Daily recently announced the formation of a 16-poet editorial board to help steer the content and features of the 21-year-old online journal. 

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Visiting Fiction Writer Rebecca Makkai—Thursday, February 28

Visiting Fiction Writer Rebecca Makkai—Thursday, February 28

Novelist and short story writer Rebecca Makkai, author most recently of The Great Believers, visits George Mason University on Thursday, February 28, at part of the Creative Writing Program’s Spring 2019 Visiting Writer Series, hosted for the first time this semester by George Mason University Libraries.

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MFA Alum Priyanka Champaneri Wins the Restless Books Prize

MFA Alum Priyanka Champaneri Wins the Restless Books Prize

"The City of Good Death is an expansive novel about the proprietor of a death hostel, Pramesh, in India’s sacred city of Benares, where Hindus come to die a holy death, and the sweeping journey of discovery he embarks upon after finding his cousin and childhood best friend drowned in the Ganges. Priyanka Champaneri beautifully explores the sacred and the afterlife in this cinematic and emotionally gripping work about living and dying with dignity."

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Poetry Daily Moves to Mason

Poetry Daily Moves to Mason

Poetry Daily, the popular daily online anthology that has been promoting poetry since 1997 at www.poems.com, has begun the process of moving to George Mason University where it will be published in partnership with the Department of English’s Creative Writing Program and George Mason University Libraries. Founders Don Selby and Diane Boller, who are retiring at the end of the year after steering, editing, and growing the web-based journal for more than twenty-one years, will remain on the board of directors of Daily Poetry Association, the nonprofit organization that publishes Poetry Daily. Editors, students, and staff at Mason take on daily production as of January 1, 2019.

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Award-Winning Novelist Robert Bausch

Award-Winning Novelist Robert Bausch

Robert Bausch, a three-time Mason alum and award-winning novelist who became well known and highly respected as a writer and teacher, influencing hundreds of young writers, and also as a friend and colleague to writers at Mason and throughout the region, died October 9 of multiple myeloma at a hospital in Fredericksburg, VA. He was 73.

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Hernán Díaz Wins New American Voices Award For Immigrant Writers

Hernán Díaz Wins New American Voices Award For Immigrant Writers

On Thursday, October 11, 2018, Hernán Díaz, author of the novel In the Distance, was awarded the inaugural Institute for Immigration Research New American Voices Award. Fall for the Book created this post-publication book prize to recognize recently published works that illuminate the complexity of human experience as told by immigrants, whose work is historically underrepresented in writing and publishing.

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Visiting Writer Program Welcomes Mason Alums Liam Callanan and Cynthia Marie Hoffman

Visiting Writer Program Welcomes Mason Alums Liam Callanan and Cynthia Marie Hoffman

Novelist and short story writer Liam Callanan and poet Cynthia Marie Hoffman—both of them alumni of Mason’s MFA program in creative writing—will round out the Fall 2018 Visiting Writer series with a joint reading on Thursday, November 8. Their reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Fenwick Library Reading Room, second floor of Fenwick Library, on Mason’s Fairfax Campus. The reading is free and open to the public, and books by each author will be for sale during the event.

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Visiting Writer: Cheston Knapp

Visiting Writer: Cheston Knapp

Cheston Knapp kicks of the Fall 2018 Visiting Writers series on Thursday, September 27, with a reading at 7:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center, Meeting Room G, on Mason’s Fairfax Campus. The reading is free and open to the public, and books will be for sale after the reading.

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CW Faculty Tim Denevi discusses American Fascism in CNN Op-Ed

CW Faculty Tim Denevi discusses American Fascism in CNN Op-Ed

"Afterward, as a dense blue string of thunderstorms rolled in from the south, drenching everything, I found myself thinking about a quote by the late David Foster Wallace: 'How do you promote democracy when you know that a majority of people will, if given the chance, vote for an end to democratic voting?'"

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Alexandra Ruiz Wins Robert Raymond Scholarship

Alexandra Ruiz Wins Robert Raymond Scholarship

Alexandra Ruiz, BFA ’18 and an incoming MFA student in nonfiction, has been named the recipient of this year’s Robert Raymond Scholarship, established by adjunct professor Rosalind Gann to honor her father and encourage diversity in the graduate creative writing program.

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20th Anniversary Fall for the Book Headliners Announced

20th Anniversary Fall for the Book Headliners Announced

Fall for the Book will turn 20 years old in style with a star-studded lineup of headliners including novelists Tayari Jones, Elizabeth Kostova, and Elizabeth Strout; YA author Angie Thomas; and Congressman John Lewis. Other major writers will include Paul Hawken, Tom McAllister, Leslie Pietrzyk, Khaled Beydoun, and Katharine Weber.

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Visiting Writer Jon Pineda

Visiting Writer Jon Pineda

Poet, novelist and memoirist Jon Pineda, author of the new novel Let's No One Get Hurt, will read from and discuss his work as part of the Creative Writing Program’s Visiting Writer Series. The event—free and open to the public—begins at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 23, in Merten Hall, Room 1203, on Mason’s Fairfax campus.

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Poet Matthew Zapruder on 'Why Poetry,'

Poet Matthew Zapruder on 'Why Poetry,'

Award-winning poet Matthew Zapruder comes to Mason Thursday, April 12, to share selections from his own poetry and discuss his new book 'Why Poetry'. The event takes place at 4:30 p.m. in Merten Hall, Room 1202.

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New Leaves Week, April 2-6

New Leaves Week, April 2-6

This year’s New Leaves week, April 2-6, brings reading by visiting writers in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in addition to special events and talks on making your way in the world as a writer. Watch creativewriting.gmu.edu soon for full details on individual events.

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Mason at AWP: Meet Our New Creative Writing Director

Mason at AWP: Meet Our New Creative Writing Director

Gregg Wilhelm, who will become the new director of Mason’s Creative Writing Program in May, will be joining us at AWP on Thursday night, March 8, for our reception and reading—5-7 p.m. at Bernini or Ybor, 1702 East 7th Avenue in Tampa, co-hosted by Stillhouse Press.

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Visiting Writer: Lisa Russ Spaar

Visiting Writer: Lisa Russ Spaar

Acclaimed poet Lisa Russ Spaar will be reading on Thursday, February 22, as part of the English Department’s Spring 2018 Visiting Writers series. The reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in George’s, 3rd floor of the Johnson Center, on Mason’s Fairfax Campus, and is free and open to the public. Books will be for sale after the reading.

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Mason Hosts Reading from Book Against Gun Violence

Mason Hosts Reading from Book Against Gun Violence

Bullets into Bells, a book of poems and prose calling for an end to gun violence in America, will be the focus of a reading on the Mason campus at 7:30pm on Thursday, April 5, in the Main Reading Room of Fenwick Library during the spring series New Leaves week.

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Visiting Writer: Jeannie Vanasco

Visiting Writer: Jeannie Vanasco

Jeannie Vanasco continues the Spring 2018 Visiting Writers series with a reading on Thursday, February 15, at 7:30 p.m. in George’s, 3rd floor of the Johnson Center, on Mason’s Fairfax Campus. The reading is free and open to the public, and books will be for sale after the reading

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Visiting Writer: Okey Ndibe

Visiting Writer: Okey Ndibe

Okey Ndibe kicks of the Spring 2018 Visiting Writers series with a reading this Thursday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Merten Hall, Room 1203, on Mason’s Fairfax Campus. The reading is free and open to the public, and books will be for sale after the reading. 

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Novelist Hannah Tinti Visits Mason November 16

Novelist Hannah Tinti Visits Mason November 16

On Thursday, November 16, the Creative Writing Program welcomes novelist and short story writer Hannah Tinti to campus for a reading and discussion of her work. A meet-and-greet reception for Tinti takes place 7 p.m. in George’s in the Johnson Center, 3rd Floor, on Mason’s Fairfax Campus. Her presentation follows at 7:30 p.m. Both events are open to the public.

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Celebrating New American Voices

Celebrating New American Voices

The New American Voices Award highlights the recently published works of literary fiction or creative non-fiction from immigrant writers. It will be awarded for the first time at next year's Fall for the Book festival.

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Visiting Writers Myung Mi Kim & Kristen Radtke

Visiting Writers Myung Mi Kim & Kristen Radtke

On Thursday, November 9, the Creative Writing Program welcomes two visiting writers for readings and discussions of their recent work. Avant-garde poet Myung Mi Kim and graphic memoirist Kristen Radtke will make a joint appearance at 7:30 p.m. in Johnson Center Meeting Room G. The authors will also be part of a meet-and-greet reception at 7 p.m. in the same space.

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A New Series of Talks on Writing and Social Action

A New Series of Talks on Writing and Social Action

On Wednesday, October 11, as part of the Fall for the Book literary festival, Mason’s MFA faculty writers presented the inaugural event of Life on the Line, a series of talks and readings that promises to become an important component of literary and intellectual life at Mason.

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Laura Scott's New Novel Released

Laura Scott's New Novel Released

Laura Ellen Scott, author and professor of creative writing at George Mason University, just released the much-anticipated second installment in her New Royal Mysteries series, "Crybaby Lane."

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Celebrating success

Celebrating success

The mood in EagleBank Arena was lively on May 18 and 19, as the College of Humanities and Social Sciences held its degree celebration ceremonies. Congratulations again to all of our graduates! We are pleased to welcome you to an impressive community of alumni, made only stronger by the class of 2017.

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The college welcomes Edward Lengel and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin to the 2017 degree celebrations

The college welcomes Edward Lengel and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin to the 2017 degree celebrations

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the May 2017 degree celebrations will be led by two outstanding alumni: chief historian for the White House Historical Association, Edward Lengel, and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin, a former acting chief of police for the Fairfax County Police Department and the current supervisor of safety and security for Loudoun County Public Schools.

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An evening with Richard Ford

An evening with Richard Ford

The Alan Cheuse International Writers Center at George Mason University will present an evening with acclaimed American novelist Richard Ford. One of the preeminent writers working in the United States, Ford will be in conversation with Maureen Corrigan of NPR's "Fresh Air" about his new memoir Between Them.

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New Leaves Writers' Conference 2017

New Leaves Writers' Conference 2017

Readings, panels, and presentations highlight the 2017 New Leaves Festival, to be held Monday, April 3 - Friday, April 7, and hosted by the Creative Writing program at George Mason University. Except as noted, all events are open to the public and take place at locations on Mason’s Fairfax, VA, campus.

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Visiting Writer: Poet Suzanne Buffam

Visiting Writer: Poet Suzanne Buffam

Poet Suzanne Buffam, the Creative Writing Program’s third visiting writer this spring, will share her work, including selections from her latest collection, A Pillow Book (2016), on Thursday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Research Hall, Room 163, on Mason’s Fairfax Campus. The event is open to the public.

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Nonfiction alum Mike Scalise publishes his memoir, The Brand New Catastrophe

Nonfiction alum Mike Scalise publishes his memoir, The Brand New Catastrophe

Publication date January 31, 2017. After a ruptured pituitary tumor leaves Mike Scalise with the hormone disorder acromegaly at age 24, he must navigate a new, alien world of illness maintenance. His mother, who has a chronic heart condition and a flair for drama, serves as a complicated model. A moving, funny exploration of how we define ourselves by the stories we choose to tell.

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Mason Creative Writing & More at AWP

Mason Creative Writing & More at AWP

AWP comes to D.C. for its 50th anniversary and its annual conference, and Mason is there as a major sponsor. Alums, faculty and students appear on conference panels and at off-site events, and the creative writing program and some of its community partners have three spaces in the Bookfair. Here’s where you’ll find us and when.

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Visiting Writer Peter Ho Davies, Thursday, February 2

Visiting Writer Peter Ho Davies, Thursday, February 2

Peter Ho Davies, author most recently of the novel The Fortunes, visits George Mason University on Thursday, February 2, for an afternoon workshop with MFA students and a public reading at 7:30 p.m. in Merten Hall, Room 1203, on Mason’s Fairfax Campus.

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Cheuse's legacy lives on in new center

Cheuse's legacy lives on in new center

The Alan Cheuse International Writers Center will encourage Mason's graduate creative writing students to study abroad, offer a home for established writers with residencies at Mason, and provide a hub for diverse conversations about art, literature and international issues, said Matthew Davis, the center’s founding director.

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Mason Welcomes Matthew Davis

Mason Welcomes Matthew Davis

Welcome to Mason Matthew Davis, who has been named director of the new Alan Cheuse International Writers Center—building on his twin interests in creative writing and international relations.

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Mason Out Loud Episode Two

Mason Out Loud Episode Two

Episode two of Mason Out Loud is available for listen! Mason Out Loud features creative writing and scholarship from GMU's English department faculty, students and alumni.

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Fall for the Book: a Fairfax Tradition

Fall for the Book: a Fairfax Tradition

Fall for the Book brings writers, readers, and scholars together like no other event in the region. In its eighteenth year, Fall for the Book is a weeklong literary festival with events taking place on Mason's Fairfax campus and at other venues across the region between September 25 and September 30.

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George Mason University Graduate Showcase: Registration Now Open

George Mason University Graduate Showcase: Registration Now Open

Mason's Office of Graduate Admissions cordially invites you to attend our largest annual event for prospective graduate students. Learn about graduate degree programs, graduate certificates, and professional degrees. Come see the excitement of our campus, meet our faculty, and speak with admissions representatives.

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Read Alumna Elizabeth Gutting's New York Times Op-Ed

Read Alumna Elizabeth Gutting's New York Times Op-Ed

Bill Miller honored with Jack Wood Award

Bill Miller honored with Jack Wood Award

Since 2014, the Jack Wood Award for Town Gown Relations has honored individuals, groups, businesses and nonprofits that demonstrate leadership in fostering mutually beneficial relationships between the university and the community.

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Keith Honored with Guggenheim Fellowship

Keith Honored with Guggenheim Fellowship

Sally Keith, poet and faculty member in the Departments of English and Creative Writing, has received a prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. The author of four collections of poetry, Keith teaches graduate and undergraduate students.

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The Role of the Poet in Our Times Featuring Jorie Graham

The Role of the Poet in Our Times Featuring Jorie Graham

The Pulitzer Prize and MacArthur Fellowship winning poet will read her own and others' work and speak about the importance of poetry and the humanities in today's world at The Vernon and Margarette Gras Lecture in the Humanities. It takes place on Thursday, April 21st, at 7:30 in the Center For The Arts, Grand Tier III.

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New Leaves Conference Continues Through Thursday, March 24th

New Leaves Conference Continues Through Thursday, March 24th

The conference began Monday night with a reading from Porochista Khakpour, author of two novels, Sons And Other Flammable Objects, a New York Times “Editor’s Choice” book, and The Last Illusion, which was named by NPR as one of the “Best Books of 2014.” Readings and celebrations continue through Thursday.

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College Mourns the Loss of Alan Cheuse

College Mourns the Loss of Alan Cheuse

The college is saddened to share news of the passing of George Mason University Professor Alan Cheuse, who died on Friday, July 31, as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident two weeks ago. Professor Cheuse was a writer, teacher, longtime literary commentator, and a friend and colleague. His creativity and insight will be missed by all of those who were fortunate to have known him.

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Submissions Sought for the Alan Cheuse Literary Review

Submissions Sought for the Alan Cheuse Literary Review

Mason alumni Nicole Idar and Elizabeth Gutting have established the Alan Cheuse Literary Review, and ask the Mason community of writers, faculty and students alike, to submit written work to share their thoughts with Professor Cheuse as he recovers from a serious automobile accident.

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Art Taylor Wins 2014 Macavity Award

Art Taylor Wins 2014 Macavity Award

Taylor won Best Mystery Short Story for his story "The Care and Feeding of Houseplants," originally published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine for their March/April 2013 issue.

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Kyoko Mori Wins Phoenix Award For Her Book "One Bird"

Kyoko Mori Wins Phoenix Award For Her Book "One Bird"

The Phoenix Award is given to the author of a book for children published twenty years earlier that did not win a major award at the time of publication, but which, from the perspective of time, is deemed worthy of special recognition for its high literary quality.

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Three Mathew Brady Photographs by Eric Pankey

Three Mathew Brady Photographs by Eric Pankey

In celebration of American Archives Month, the National Archives has partnered with the Academy of American Poets to present original poems inspired by the holdings of the National Archives. Here, Eric Pankey reads his poems about three Civil War photos by Mathew Brady.

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Watch a Video of Highlights from the Call & Response Gallery Talk

Watch a Video of Highlights from the Call & Response Gallery Talk

On September 17th, five pairs of artists and writers from the Call & Response exhibit delivered an engaging discussion of their work to a packed house. The collaborators — whose work is exhibited as part of the “6th Annual Call & Response: In 24 hours, everywhere the dawn rises again” — spoke about their inspirations, their early discussions over coffee, and the surprises that came about as a result of working together in a call and response tradition.

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Alum M. Mack Has Two Poetry Chapbooks Coming Out in 2015!

Alum M. Mack Has Two Poetry Chapbooks Coming Out in 2015!

"Traveling" will be put out by Hyacinth Girl Press and "Imaginary Kansas" from Dancing Girl Press.

Calling All Alumni: The English Alumni Society Wants You!

Calling All Alumni: The English Alumni Society Wants You!

Interested in joining the English Alumni Society? The English Department Outreach Committee needs your help! To create the best programs possible, alumni of any English department program are invited to complete a very brief outreach questionnaire. Your feedback will help us greatly!

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Announcing Fall 2013 Visiting Writers

Announcing Fall 2013 Visiting Writers

This semester Mason will be visited by Poets Robyn Schiff and Dawn Lundy Martin, Authors Mary Kay Zuravleff, Bonnie Jo Campbell, and Howard Norman, and Editor and Publisher Patricia O'Hare.

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Alums Alyse Knorr and Sarah Marcus Publish Two New Books of Poetry

Alums Alyse Knorr and Sarah Marcus Publish Two New Books of Poetry

Two Mason graduates and feminist poets – Alyse Knorr and Sarah Marcus – have just added their voices to the world of feminist poetry. Their poetry collections (Knorr’s Annotated Glass and Marcus’s Backcountry), both recently published, began while the two women were students in George Mason University’s MFA program.

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Tuckey's Poetry is Socially Engaging

Tuckey's Poetry is Socially Engaging

Creative writing (MFA) graduate Melissa Tuckey, a poet, has appeared in several prominent publications and has a chapbook, “Rope as Witness.” She is the recipient of several awards and fellowships including the Ohio Arts Council and the D.C. Commission on Arts and Humanities, as well as a residency at Blue Mountain Center. She is also the co-founder of Split This Rock Poetry Festival where she freely exercises her political aspirations.

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Fiction Writer Cheuse Shared Tips at Vision Series

Fiction Writer Cheuse Shared Tips at Vision Series

Alan Cheuse, an acclaimed novelist, critic and professor, appeared at George Mason’s Center for the Arts on April 20. National Public Radio's longtime “voice of books,” Cheuse was the eighth and final speaker in the university’s “Vision Series” – an eight month series of lectures that sheds light on the real world research and creativity that takes place every day on Mason’s campus.

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Nonfiction Memoir By MFA Graduate

Nonfiction Memoir By MFA Graduate

Wendy Bilen, MFA '06, has had a memoir, Finding Josie, published by the Wisconsin Historical Society. "Much more than mere memoir or family history, this dual story about Bilen's journey illuminates the surprising ways our lives intersect with our ancestors'. An extraordinary story about a seemingly ordinary woman, Finding Josie will inspire readers to explore their own family history in their own way."

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Congratulations to Laura Ellen Scott

Congratulations to Laura Ellen Scott

Laura Ellen Scott, MFA ’93, has had a flurry of success recently. “From Laura’s Pocket Guide…” was published in Hobart; “Exoskeletal”was published in Behind the Wainscot; “Felly Stories” was published in Storyglossia; “Do you know what it means to miss,” an excerpt from her novel-in-progress, was published in Juked; “Render, or to transmit to another” was published in the December issue of elmmae; and she has stories forthcoming in the “future” issue of Barrelhouse and in the anthology Gravity Dancers: More Fiction from Washington Area Women.

Two debut poetry collections by two recent graduates of George Mason University's MFA Program are now available.

Two debut poetry collections by two recent graduates of George Mason University's MFA Program are now available.

Two Minutes of Light by Nancy K. Pearson was chosen by Marie Howe as winner of the 2008 Perugia Press Prize. Other Latitudes by Brian Brodeur was chosen by Stephen Dunn as winner of the 2007 Akron Poetry Series.

Second Novel for MFA Alum

Second Novel for MFA Alum

Author of The Lake, the River & the Other Lake (Pantheon), Steve Amick, has a second novel Nothing But a Smile (Pantheon), due out in March 2009. "It's 1944 and Wink Dutton, a former illustrator for Stars and Stripes has returned to Chicago after an injury to his drawing hand gets him an unwanted discharge from the service.

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