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Saturday, October 12 • 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Mason’s Creative Nonfiction Alumni Reading

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Join George Mason University’s MFA Creative Nonfiction alumni Emily Heiden, Rajpreet Heir, Kerry Folan, and Jessie Szalay as they read from their latest works and discuss life after the MFA. All alumni have been published in The Washington Post, in addition to The Atlantic, Literary Hub, and the National Geographic Traveler. Getting published in the early years is no easy task, but Heiden, Heir, Folan, and Szalay show that it’s possible, while also holding professions in the editorial and teaching fields.

Speakers
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Kerry Folan

Kerry Folan graduated from GMU’s MFA program in 2017 with a concentration in creative nonfiction. There, she received GMU’s 2015 Mary Roberts Rinehart Nonfiction Award and a Thesis Fellowship. Her essays have appeared in River Teeth, Ninth Letter, the Southeast Review, Literary... Read More →
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Emily Heiden

Emily Heiden's work has appeared in The Washington Post, Literary Hub, Brevity Magazine, Colorado Review, Juked Magazine, The Hartford Courant, The Seattle Times, and elsewhere. Her essay “Scenes from July 2013” is forthcoming from Ohio University Press in the anthology Don’t... Read More →
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Rajpreet Heir

Rajpreet Heir is an Indian from Indiana. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Brevity, The Best of Brevity (forthcoming) The Normal School, The Collagist,  Bustle, Teen Vogue, Lit Hub, The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, and the Good Girls Marry Doctors anthology... Read More →
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Jessie Szalay

Jessie Szalay's work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Diagram, National Geographic Traveler-Inside Travel, The Forward, Waccamaw Journal, and elsewhere. She has received honors from Best American Essays and The Crab Orchard Review. Jessie is a regular contributor to Asparagus Magazine... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Merten Hall, Room 1202 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030