Monstress Named One of Top 20 Overlooked Books in 2012

Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program Professor Lysley Tenorio's book, Monstress was selected by Slate as one of the top 20 overlooked books you should've read for 2012.

MFA Open House and Happy Hour

Date & Time 
Thu, 01/24/2013 - 18:00 to 19:30

Please join us for an MFA Open House Happy Hour with wine, cheese, and music!

MFA Open House Happy Hour

Date & Time 
Thu, 01/24/2013 - 18:00 to 19:00
Please join us for a MFA Open House Happy Hour with wine, cheese, and music!  Have questions about the application process or the MFA program in general?  Alumni of our program will be on site to tell you about their student experience and let you know how their MFA influenced their lives after graduation.  Professors Marilyn Abildskov (creative nonfiction), Brenda Hillman (poetry), and Lysley Tenorio (fiction) will also be there to answer your questions.  

Huffington Post Goes One on One with SMC's Lysley Tenorio

The Huffington Post profiled Saint Mary's English Professor, and acclaimed author of "Monstress," Lysley Tenorio.

Professor Lysley Tenorio Champions Misfits

[Tenorio's] debut short story collection, "Monstress," binds together eight tales of isolated misfits in San Francisco and the Philippines dreaming and scheming their way to impossible glory.

NPR Taps Lysley Tenorio for Book Review on "All Things Considered"

Saint Mary's English professor Lysley Tenorio recently garnered national attention as a guest book reviewer on NPR's "All Things Considered." Tenorio, who has seen recent success with glowing reviews of his own new book Monstress, decided to examine the theme of failure in "Try And Try

Life After the MFA

Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 2:35-3:35 P.M., in Hagerty Lounge

Jillian Kurvers

Jillian Kurvers is a 2010 graduate of the Creative Nonfiction track at Saint Mary’s. She focused on writing personal essays about loathsome job experiences and the unsolicited life lessons one could glean. Since graduating, she’s had three different jobs, all vaguely to extremely writing based, none of which she’d categorize as loathsome. Currently, she is the Director of Content at a software company called Brightidea, which might seem like an odd place for a person with a fine arts degree.



nancy tengler

Nancy Tengler (creative nonfiction 2009) spent two decades as a professional investor. She is an author, financial-news commentator and university professor; her book, "The Women's Guide to Successful Investing," will be released by Palgrave Macmillan in August 2014.






jane gregory

Jane Gregory is from Tucson, Arizona and currently lives in Berkeley, California.  She has an MFA from The University of Iowa and is currently working towards a PhD at UC Berkeley.  Her first book, My Enemies, was published by The Song Cave in 2013.  Recent work is forthcoming in Critical Quarterly and The American Reader.  



lysley tenorio

Lysley Tenorio is the author of the short story collection  Monstress. Tenorio is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and a former Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University. He has received fellowships from Phillips Exeter Academy, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has held residencies at Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony, and in 2008 he received a Whiting Writers’ Award.



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