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Friday, October 12 • 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Mason’s Alumni Reading

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Enjoy poetry and prose from alumni of George Mason University’s Creative Writing M.F.A. Program. Lucy Biederman is the author of The Walmart Book of the Dead, a “darkly comic incantation on the gods and scourges of the 21st century” inspired by the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead. John Copenhaver’s novel Dodging and Burning is a mystery set in a small Virginia town reeling from World War II, when a violent crime shook their community. Joe Hall is the author of several collections of poetry, including his latest, Someone’s Utopia, which blends utopia and dystopia as it paints the “(un)making of the familiar world… and unmask[s] the invisible material and ideological labor that prepares the world for us.” Alyse Knorr’s Mega-City Redux uses modern day feminist heroes like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Xena Warrior Princess to search for the mythical city of Christine de Pizan, the world’s first professional female writer. Elegy and love meet on the wild landscape of Alaska in Kate Partridge’s collection Ends of the Earth: Poems. Partridge cycles between autobiography, mythic allusion, and the literary archive in this debut. 

Authors
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Lucy Biederman

Lucy Biederman is the author of The Walmart Book of the Dead , which won the 2017 Vine Leaves Press Vignette Award and was a Finalist for the Foreword Book of the Year. She has written four chapbooks of poetry, and her short stories, essays, and poems have appeared in The Collagist... Read More →
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John Copenhaver

John Copenhaver is the recipient an Artist Fellowship from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities for four consecutive years. In 2015, he launched and continues to maintain a crime fiction column for the Lambda Literary website called “Blacklight.” His short fiction has... Read More →
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Joe Hall

Joe Hall is a poet, scholar, and labor librarian. Someone's Utopia (Black Ocean, 2018) is his most recent book of poems. His writing has appeared in publications ranging from Gulf Coast, Postcolonial Studies, The Pen America Blog, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, and Queen Mob's Teahouse... Read More →
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Alyse Knorr

Alyse Knorr is an assistant professor of English at Regis University and editor of Switchback Books. She is the author of the poetry collections Mega-City Redux (Green Mountains Review 2017), Copper Mother (Switchback Books 2016), and Annotated Glass (Furniture Press Books 2013... Read More →
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Kate Partridge

Kate Partridge is the author of the poetry collection Ends of the Earth (Univ. of Alaska Press, 2017) and two hybrid chapbooks. Her poems have appeared in Third Coast, Colorado Review, Pleiades, Yale Review, Blackbird, and other journals. She is a graduate fellow at the University... Read More →