city view at night
streetcar on market
flowers at Kalmanovitz
Shurin and Brady
Kalmanovitz front door
girl with braids
reading series speaker
MFA students and Kate Brady

Lone Mountain Readings

The Lone Mountain Reading Series is co-sponsored by the MFA in Writing Program and the Department of English. All readings are held on the USF main campus in the Maraschi Room in Fromm Hall.

Spring 2015 Reading Series

Kathryn Ma

Wednesday, February 11, 7:45pm

Kathryn Ma is the author of the novel The Year She Left Us, which was selected as a New York Times Editor's Choice and named a Best Book of 2014 by NPR and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her story collection, All That Work and Still No Boys, won the Iowa Short Fiction Award, and was chosen as an SF Chronicle “Notable” Book and an LA Times “Discoveries” Book. She received the Meyerson Prize for Fiction and has published her short fiction widely.

Emerging Writers Festival

Day 1: Tuesday, March 24, 7:30pm

  • Hala Alyan Hala Alyan is the author of Atrium, which was awarded the 2013 Arab American Book Award in Poetry. Her second book of poetry, Four Cities, is forthcoming this year. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Missouri Review, Columbia Poetry Review, and Prairie Schooner. She is a clinical pyschologist and resides in Manhattan.
  • Chanan Tigay Chanan Tigay is the author of two long works of nonfiction, The Special Populations Unit: Arab Soldiers in Israel’s Army and Nuclear Meltdown, as well as the forthcoming Unholy Scriptures: Fraud, Suicide, Scandal—and the Bible that Rocked the Holy City. His work has appeared in Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, New York magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle and The Jerusalem Post. Born in Jerusalem and raised in Philadelphia, Tigay is an assistant professor at San Francisco State.
  • Nina McConigley Nina McConigley is the author of the story collection Cowboys and East Indians, which won the 2014 PEN Open Book Award and the High Plains Book Award. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Orion, Salon, Virginia Quarterly Review, American Short Fiction, and The Asian American Literary Review, among others. She lives in Laramie, Wyoming and teaches at the University of Wyoming and the Warren Wilson MFA Program.

Day 2: Wednesday, March 25, 7:45pm

  • Shara Lessley Shara Lessley is the author of the poetry collection Two-Headed Nightingale. Her poems and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, Threepenny Review, The Southern Review, The Cincinnati Review, and New England Review, and other publications. She has received numerous awards and fellowships, including a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry, a 2015 Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a “Discovery”/The Nation prize.
  • Ryan MacDonald Ryan MacDonald is the author of the story collection The Observable Characteristics of Organisms. He is the winner of the 2012 American Short(er) Fiction Award. His work has been exhibited, performed, or published at Notnostrums, New York Live Arts, Fast Forward Press, the Continental Review, Fiction Advocate, Fountain Studios, Flying Object and elsewhere. He teaches art and writing at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


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