Graduate Student Reading Series

Date & Time:
Monday, May 10, 2021 - 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Join us for an evening of incredible readings from our 2021 MFA candidates. Readers include Julia Gardner (Poetry), Connor McCaslin (Fiction), Lizette Roman-Johnston (Creative Nonfiction), Kiran Bains Sahota (Fiction).

The Creative Writing Reading Series is sponsored by the MFA in Creative Writing program.


Julia Rapp 


Julia Rapp is a poet and former teacher from the DC area. She organized the Liquid Arts writer’s workshop in Busan, South Korea where she performed spoken word. She is passionate about education, mental health, and feminist issues. When she’s not writing, she can be found running or discovering new music.


Connor McCaslin 


Connor grew up in Austin, Texas, an aspiring engineer by all accounts - robotics, programming, the works. However, an inciting incident occurred along the way, and now he has BAs in Theatre and Creative Writing from Colorado College. He likes stories, perspectives, and the most implausible and insurmountable of conflicts. He blames his grandmother.


Lizette Roman-Johnston 


Lizette Roman-Johnston is a New England–born writer of creative nonfiction and satire. Her interests include mental health advocacy, Harry Styles, and her cat Stompy. Lizette is a softball coach, a writing instructor, and the social media manager of MARY: A Journal of New Writing. Her work has appeared in The Oakland Arts Review, The Daily Drunk, and The Sad Girl Review. 


Kiran Bains Sahota 


Kiran Bains Sahota is a California native who recently graduated from UC Berkeley with her BA in English. Kiran uses storytelling to speak on the cultural realities facing South Asian communities and often explores the qualities of the human condition that sustain life. Her work has been in issues of the Cosumnes River College Journal,, as well as her own site,

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