Creative Writing Reading Series Spring Events

Sponsored by the MFA in Creative Writing, authors from around the world, including the MFA program’s visiting faculty, come to Saint Mary’s  for readings, conversation, and community. All events are free, open to the public and hosted via zoom. 

Creative Writing Reading Series with Marcelo Hernandez Castillo & Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Wednesday, February 24th from 2-3 p.m.


Marcelo Hernandez Castillo is the author of Children of the Land: a Memoir and Cenzontle, winner of the (BOA editions 2018) As one of the founders of the Undocupoets campaign, he was the first undocumented student to graduate from the Helen Zell Writers Program at the University of Michigan. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Paris Review, and The Wall Street Journal among others. 

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton is the author of A Kind of Freedom and The Revisioners, which was long-listed for the National Book Award, won the Crook's Corner Book Prize, and was the recipient of the First Novelist Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in The Paris Review, Zyzzyva, O, The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, and other publications.

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Creative Writing Reading Series with Ada Limón and Aria Misha Aber 

Wednesday, April 21st from 2-3 p.m.


Aria Aber is a graduate from NYU MFA in Creative Writing and is the author of Hard Damage. Her poems are forthcoming or have appeared in The New Yorker, New Republic, Kenyon Review, The Yale Review, Poem-A-Day, Narrative, Muzzle Magazine, Wasafiri and elsewhere.

Ada Limón is the author of five books of poetry, including The Carrying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. and was named one of the top 5 poetry books of the year by the Washington Post. She serves on the faculty of Queens University of Charlotte Low Residency M.F.A program, and the online and summer programs for the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center.

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Creative Writing Reading Series with Ismail Muhammad and Marie Mutsuki Mockett

Wednesday, May 5th from 2-3 p.m


Marie Mutsuki Mockett is the author of Picking Bones from Ash, Where the Dead Pause and the Japanese Say Goodbye and American Harvest: God, Country and Farming in the Heartland. She received a Fellowship from the US/Japan Creative Artist Fellowship, funded by the NEA and has been published in Elle, The Paris Review, The San Francisco Chronicle, and much more. 

Ismail Muhammad is the reviews editor for The Believer, a staff writer at the Millions, a contributing editor at ZYZZYVA, and a board member at the National Books Critics Circle. His work, which focuses on literature, art, identity, and black popular and visual culture, has appeared in publications like The New York Times, Slate, New Republic, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Real Life, and Catapult.

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Date of Mention: 
Friday, February 5, 2021