Eight students who are graduating in May from West Virginia University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program will read from their work Thursday, April 25, 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 work in a wide range of literary journals, including Hawaii Review, Rosebud, Scissors and Spackle, Midwestern Gothic, and Connotation Press.

One of the graduates, Sara Kearns, is the founding editor of Siren: A Journal of Literature and Art.

“This is an impressive group of writers,” said Mark Brazaitis, professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program. “We will be hearing a lot from them in the future.”

The writers and their hometowns are: Melissa Atkinson (Westminster, Md.); Ben Bishop (Burlington, Ky.); Rebecca Childers (Huntington, W.Va.); Sara Kearns (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Connie Pan (Maui, Hawaii, and Grand Rapids, Mich.); Andi Stout (Belington, W.Va.); Shane Stricker (Sikeston, Mo.); and Rebecca Thomas (Costa Mesa, Calif.).

For more information, contact Mark Brazaitis, at 304-293-9707 or Mark.Brazaitis@mail.wvu.edu

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