AU MFA Reading
Congratulate A.U.’s most recent class of poets and fiction writers as these accomplished wordsmiths read from their work.
Philip Dean Walker
Abdul Ali is a merit fellow at American University. His poems have been published in Gargoyle, Lo-Ball, Tidal Basin Review, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Gathering of Tribes, and New Contrasts (South Africa) and is currently at work on a poetry manuscript titled Trouble Sleeping.
L. G. Fitzgerald is a native of Northern Virginia. His work is available from the Boxfire Press website and other e-bookstores, and his story "Like Smoke" was recently published in Boxfire's collection Red.
Marley Kaylor is most interested in experimenting with structure and exploring the relationships in her life that have affectedly her most profoundly. Her thesis is a collection of several short pieces that range from investigating the ongoing relationships between her and her mother, father, and brother, to her journey with competitive swimming.
Megan Maassen is a non-fiction writer whose recent work uses a blend of reportage and personal narrative to understand how place—her home state of Wisconsin and adopted city of Washington D.C.—influences identity.
Kaneia Mayo Crumlin is a native Washingtonian and an avid eater and is married to the most delicious man alive. An ambitious writer, at heart, but a lazy writer, in real life, Kaneia's manuscript in progress is titled This Breaking and is described in its abstract as, "...poems that Job would have sung. Poems that Jesus asked his father to take from him, in a cup, on the cross...poems of loss, but not loss toward loss, but lost toward gain. Every poem in here is a song of hope: prayers of hope.
Jalal is currently submitting his manuscript entitled, A Woman Called Albatross and Other Poems, to several contests for publication.
Jenna Ogilvie hails from the Pine Barrens of New Jersey and now lives in Washington, DC. Her work has appeared in Scrivener and Stylus and she is currently working on her first collection of poems, Juggernaut.
Chuck Sebian-Lander is a fiction writer from Calvert County, in southern Maryland. He's currently revising the novel about his hometown that began with his thesis; the number of working titles now nearly matches the length of the manuscript.
Chet'la Sebree was born and bred along the east coast which explains her love for blue crabs, waterways, and bustling cities. While she teaches College Writing at American University in D.C., she is working on a collection of poetry that gives voice to the voiceless, celebrates and abhors the body and embraces the complexity of love and sexuality.
Allison Sparks is from the North Shore of Massachusetts. But her heart belongs farther south so she resides in D.C. and teaches College Writing at American University. She is working on a collection of short stories about relationships: romantic, awkward and otherwise. Her work has appeared in Quick Lucks and is forthcoming in Big Lucks.
Philip Dean Walker has published short fiction in Big Lucks, Collective Fallout, Obsession Lit Mag, Jonathan and Glitterwolf Magazine. His personal essay, "The Other Side of the Game", will be anthologized this month in The Other Man: Twenty-One Writers Speak Candidly About Sex, Love, Infidelity and Moving On (forthcoming from JMS Books, LLC). His story "Three-Sink Sink" was named as a finalist for the 2013 Gertrude Stein Award in Fiction from The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review.
In her three years at American University, Carolyn White has written short stories about family, tidewater life, abandoned houses, and ghosts, and is currently working on a novella about all four. Her story “Narrative Supplemental” was awarded first runner-up in PRISM International’s 2013 Creative Non-fiction Contest and will appear in the journal’s next issue.
Stacia Yearwood is from the beautiful twin island Republic of Trinidad & Tobago. Her poetry collection, Such is the Heart Circling Home, is a survey of survival and conflict in which she pairs the erotic draw and unfathomable violence of the world, conflates faith with submission and explores the struggle to come to terms with identity after one has been disquieted or uprooted.