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Events Friday, Jan 6, 2023 - Saturday, Jan 14, 2023

MFA in Creative Writing Winter Reading Series

University Hall, 2-150, 1815 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, MA 02140

Add to Calendar 2023-01-06 17:00 2023-01-14 20:00 America/New_York MFA in Creative Writing Winter Reading Series Acclaimed and award-winning authors share their work at our bi-annual residency. Porter Campus

Our MFA in Creative Writing Program's Winter Reading Series will bring acclaimed and award-winning authors to campus from January 6-14. All readings will be held at University Hall, 1815 Massachusetts Ave, 2-150, and are free and open to the public. They will also be accessible via Zoom. 

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Visiting writer Meg Day

Deaf, genderqueer poet Meg Day will headline the series. Day, an assistant professor at North Carolina State University, is the author of “Last Psalm at Sea Level,” winner of the Publishing Triangle’s Audre Lorde Award and a past recipient of the NEA Fellowship in Poetry. Day’s writing can be found or is forthcoming in Best American Poetry, The New York Times, Poetry Magazine, among others.  

The full lineup of readings and panels are as follows:

Friday, January 6, 5 pm 

  • Erin Belieu, poetry 
  • Jason Reynolds, writing for young people 

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Saturday, January 7, 6:30 pm 

  • Meg Day, All Lesley Reads visiting writer

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Sunday, January 8, 10:30 am-12:30 pm 

10:30-11:30 | Crafting Picture Books with Heart . Join visiting writer Anika Aldamuy Denise, author of the "Phenomenal AOC: The Roots and Rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez."

11:30-12:30 | Writing for Young People Panel: What It Means to Write Meaningful Stories. Tracey Baptiste, Anika Aldamuy Denise, David Elliott, and Cynthia Platt share their experiences. Moderated by Michelle Knudsen.

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Sunday, January 8, 6:30 pm 

  • Ellen Lewis, writing for stage and screen 
  • John Rozum, graphic novel and comics 

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Monday, January 9, 6:30 pm 

  • Cynthia Platt, writing for young people 
  • Cindy House, nonfiction

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Wednesday, January 11, 6:30 pm 

  • Sara Farizan, writing for young people 

  • Doug Bauer, fiction, visiting writer sponsored by Cambridge Common Writers, a Lesley MFA alumni organization

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Thursday, January 12, 6:30 pm 

  • Graduating student readings: Sari Boren (writing for stage and screen), Erin McGinley (writing for stage and screen), Katie DeBonville (nonfiction), Melinda Farris (fiction), Amy Mevorach (nonfiction), Kent Neal (poetry), and Ashley Soden (fiction) 

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Friday, January 13, 6:30 pm 

  • Graduating student readings: Erin Doppes (writing for young people), Jeanne Foley (nonfiction), Staci Halt (poetry), Adria Karlsson (writing for young people), Veronica Reilly-Granich (fiction), L. Scully (nonfiction), and Erin Thomas (fiction) 

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