MFA Administration

Creative Writing Program
George Mason University
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Fax: 703-993-1161


Gregg Wilhelm
Creative Writing Director

Gregg Wilhelm (MFA, University of Tampa) became Creative Writing Director 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. He is a recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award, a RUBYs Artist Grant from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, and the Dambach Award for Service to the Literary Arts.


Art Taylor
Assistant Director

Art Taylor (MFA, George Mason University) teaches creative writing, literature, and composition. He 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.


Jay Patel
Graduate Academic Coordinator

Jay Patel (BA and MFA, George Mason University) has been the Graduate Academic Coordinator since 2012. He is also an adjunct faculty member for the English Department, teaching English 101, 201, and 302.


Holly Mason
Graduate Admissions Coordinator

Holly Mason (MFA, George Mason University) became Graduate Admissions Coordinator in July 2019. While pursuing her MFA, she served as a tutor in the Writing Center and as the Coordinator of the Weekly Graduate Write-Ins. She has years of experience teaching 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.