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Friday, October 11 • 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Mason’s Alumni Reading

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Alumni of George Mason University’s Creative Writing MFA Program gather together to read selections from their latest poetry and prose. In her first full-length poetry collection, Empire, Tracy Zeman explores the colonization of the prairie through an ecological lens. Kathy Goodkin’s debut poetry collection, Crybaby Bridge, captures both small tragedies and moments of beauty in everyday life. In his novel The Vain Conversation, Anthony Grooms tells the story of a 1946 lynching of two black couples from three perspectives. Tara Laskowski’s novel One Night Gone explores a mysterious disappearance and the woman who, thirty years later, is drawn into the mystery and the dark secrets of a small beachside town.

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Tracy Zeman

Tracy Zeman’s first book, Empire, recently won the 2018 New Measure Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Chicago Review, TYPO and other journals. Zeman has received a number of residencies, most notably six weeks at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology... Read More →
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Kathy Goodkin

Kathy Goodkin is the author of poetry collections Crybaby Bridge, winner of the Moon City Poetry Award (Moon City Press, 2019), and Sleep Paralysis (dancing girl press, 2017). Her writing appears in journals such as Field, Denver Quarterly, Cream City Review, Redivider, The Volta... Read More →
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Anthony Grooms

An inaugural member of George Mason’s MFA program, Anthony Grooms studied with Richard Bausch, Susan Shreve and Steve Goodwin, and is the author of award-winning books of fiction.  His education at the College of William and Mary and George Mason University led him to a teaching... Read More →
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Tara Laskowski

Tara Laskowski is the award-winning author of two short story collections, Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons and Bystanders, which was named a best book of 2017 by Jennifer Egan in The Guardian. Her debut novel One Night Gone will be published in October 2019 by Graydon House... Read More →