Mira T. Lee and Olive Senior will headline this year's Summer Residency Readings. A selection of Lesley MFA faculty will also read from their work in nonfiction, poetry, fiction and writing for young people.
Lee, a Cambridge resident and recipient of an Artist’s Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, will read from her debut novel, “Everything Here is Beautiful.” The novel was selected an Indie Next pick by the American Booksellers Association and named as a top pick by The Wall Street Journal, O Magazine and Poets & Writers, among others. Lee’s short fiction has also appeared in journals such as the Southern Review and Harvard Review. She will read from her novel on Wednesday, June 27 at 7 p.m.
The Jamaican-born Senior is the author of 17 books of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and children’s literature. For her nonfiction work, “Dying to Better Themselves: West Indians and the Building of the Panama Canal,” Senior won the Lewis Book Prize of the Caribbean Studies Association and was shortlisted for the Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book Awards.Although she now resides in Toronto, Canada, Senior’s work never strays far from her Jamaican roots, and she is currently working on a web-based version of her popular “Encyclopedia of Jamaican Heritage.” On Saturday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m., Senior will read from “Dying to Better Themselves.”
Friday, June 22, 5 p.m.
Saturday, June 23, 6:30 p.m.
- Olive Senior, nonfiction
Sunday, June 24, 7 p.m.
Monday, June 25, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, June 27, 7 p.m.
- Mira T. Lee, fiction
- Pam Petro, nonfiction
The MFA in Creative Writing at Lesley University holds two residencies per year. Each residency offers a wide range of MFA faculty readings representing five literary genres as well as other acclaimed visiting writers. These evening readings are free and open to the public. Faculty and visiting writers' books are available for sale after each reading.