Eight students who are graduating in the spring or summer from West Virginia University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program will read from their work April 26 at 7:30 p.m., in the Rhododendron Room of the Mountainlair.

The reading is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The graduating students have published in a wide range of literary journals, including PANK, Cold Mountain Review, Controlled Burn, Potomac Review, The Fiction Desk, Inwood Indiana, The Meadow, Prick of the Spindle, Muse & Stone, past simple, Connotation Press, Zero Ducats, Fortunates, Slice Magazine, Reed Magazine, Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment, and Fringe.

One of the May graduates, Matt London, won an Association of Writers and Writing Programs Intro Journals Award, given to a select number of students from university creative writing programs. He will have his winning poem, “National Acoustic Symphonic Academy,” published in the Hayden’s Ferry Review.

Lisa Beans, who will graduate in August, received a Fulbright scholarship to Poland.

“This is a talented group of writers who have already demonstrated that they will be important voices in literature for years to come,” said Mark Brazaitis, an associate professor of English and the director of the Creative Writing Program. “We couldn’t be prouder of them.”

The writers and their hometowns are: May graduates, London (Morgantown); Justin Anderson (Weirton, W.Va.); Justin Crawford (Bridgeport, W.Va.); Micah Holmes (Moundsville, W.Va.); Rachel King (Portland, Ore.); and Kelly Sundberg (Salmon, Idaho); and August graduates, Beans (Arnold, Neb.) and Elissa Hoffman (Linden, N.J.)



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