Gregg Wilhelm became Director of Creative Writing at Mason in Spring 2018. His expertise covers book publishing, arts administration, and higher education. He started his career at Johns Hopkins University Press, launched three imprints including one with a major independent bookseller, founded nonprofit literary arts organization CityLit Project, and held adjunct and leadership positions at several institutions. Prior to joining the English Department at Mason, Gregg served as Director of Marketing and Enrollment Development at the Maryland Institute College of Art. He has sat on grant review panels for the National Endowment for the Arts (FY2014 and FY2019), the Maryland State Arts Council, and the RUBYs Artist Grants.
Art Taylor teaches creative writing, literature, and composition, and for many years he helped to coordinate marketing for the annual Fall for the Book Festival.
Art won the 2019 Edgar Award for Best Short Story for "English 398: Fiction Workshop," originally published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. He is the author of On the Road with Del & Louise: A Novel in Stories, winner of the Agatha Award for Best First Novel, and he has won three additional Agatha Awards, an Anthony Award, two Macavity Awards, and three consecutive Derringer Awards for his short fiction. His work has also appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, and he edited Murder Under the Oaks: Bouchercon Anthology 2015, winner of the Anthony Award for Best Anthology or Collection.
His short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, in the Chesapeake Crime anthologies This Job Is Murder, Homicidal Holidays, and Storm Warning, and in other journals and anthologies. He contributes frequently to the Washington Post, Washington Independent Review of Books, and Mystery Scene.
Laura Scott received her MFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University in 1993. She teaches fiction writing and is the Department's Academic Coordinator and primary advisor to undergraduates in the Creative Writing and English majors.
Her debut novel, Death Wishing, was released in 2011. Her novels The Juliet and The Mean Bone in Her Body were released in 2016. The Mean Bone in Her Body is Book 1 of the New Royal Mysteries series. Book 2, Crybaby Lane, was released 2017.
Holly is pleased to return to the GMU English Department as the Graduate Admissions Coordinator and Fiscal Manager. She received her MFA in Creative Writing (poetry) from GMU in 2017. While pursuing her MFA, she served as a tutor in the Writing Center and Coordinator of the Weekly Graduate Write-Ins. Her teaching experience includes elementary, middle, high school, and college Composition, Humanities, Literature, and Creative Writing classes. She is originally from North Carolina, where she received her BA in English (with a Minor in Dance) from UNC-Greensboro.
Holly also serves as the staff advisor for the GMU Kurdish Student Organization. And works with NVWP Director Leslie Goetsch coordinating the Mason Writers in the Schools program that allows MFA Creative Writing students the opportunity to teach in local grade schools.
Her poetry, reviews, interviews, and other publications are available on her website.