SCSU Department of English

SCSU MFA 10th Anniversary Reading

Friday, October 4, 2019  •  7 - 11 p.m.
Engleman Hall A120

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Southern's Creative Writing Program is celebrating the tenth year of its Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program and the decades of excellent creative-writing graduates who preceded that program. Come join us for an anniversary event, featuring readings by stellar MFA alumnae Ryan Leigh Dostie (Formation) and Martina "Mick" Powell (chronicle the body) and a display of accomplishments by creative-writing graduates at all levels, followed by a dessert reception. Don't miss this great evening of poetry, memoir, and a chance to mingle with MFA folks old and new!

Featured Writers

Ryan Dostie

Ryan Leigh Dostie

Ryan Leigh Dostie is a novelist turned soldier turned memoirist. As an Army Persian-Farsi/Dari linguist in military intelligence, she was deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom I and II (2003-2004). She holds an MFA in fiction writing and a bachelor’s degree in history from Southern Connecticut State University. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut, with her husband, her wondrously wild daughter, and one very large Alaskan Malamute.  Amazon Debut Pick Formation, a memoir, is her first book.

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Martina "Mick" Powell

M. Mick Powell is a queer black fat femme feminist poet and UConn professor based in Connecticut. She earned an MFA in poetry at Southern Connecticut State University and a B.A. in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies and Africana studies from the University of Connecticut. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Columbia Journal, Winter Tangerine, The Feminist Wire, Apogee Journal, and others. Her chapbook, chronicle the body, won Yemassee Journal's second annual chapbook contest and was released in March 2019. Mick is a notorious movie-talker who also enjoys talking about Beyoncé, baked goods, bodies, and how much she loves the people she loves. She lives in a home built in the year 1900 with her wife, Lauren, and their dog-daughter, Nala.

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Looking Back...

This event is sponsored by SCSU Alumni Relations, Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, Office of the Provost, and SCSU Veterans Studies Proposal.