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!
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.
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.
- Demythologizing Baton Rouge in “Red Stick Men” - October 2, 2001
- M.F.A. in Creative Writing Is A Go - October 22, 2008
- Graduate Poet Takes Prizes - May 13, 2009
- Creative Writing Program in the Spotlight - March 31, 2010
- Poetry Can Be “Ruthless” - April 9, 2010
- Living With Spirit - September 26, 2011
- Graduate Student Wins Fulbright Award - April 30, 2013
- Confronting Racism in Fact and Fiction - November 5, 2013
- Waiting for the Light - April 11, 2014
- Finding Hope through Stories - June 5, 2014
- Authors to Share "Radical Empathy" Through Storytelling - June 12, 2014
- Shipley Publishes Two New Books of Poetry - August 27, 2015
- MFA Grad’s Poems to Share a Bill with Wallace Stevens - February 11, 2016
- “My Heart on Pages”: An MFA Graduate’s Prize-winning Poetry Collection - May 18, 2017
- English Professors Named Outstanding Teachers for 2017 - April 26, 2018
- “We’re All Human”: Prize-winning Student Poet - May 14, 2018
- Film Follows Journey of Two Trans Siblings and their Family - October 23, 2018
- Alumna Author Kicks Off 10th Anniversary Celebration of MFA Program - February 25, 2019
- Voice Lessons – March 11, 2019
- Patricia Mottola Wins Board of Regents Adjunct Teaching Award - May 3, 2019
- Creative Writing Alum Named West Haven Poet Laureate - May 6, 2019
- Alumna “Steps Out of Line” in Acclaimed New Memoir - June 5, 2019
- “Telling the Truth” About Racism - August 6, 2019
- MFA Creative Writing Program Marks 10th Anniversary - September 23, 2019
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.