On November 4th, we took the train up to Westchester and Sarah Lawrence College, one of the universities at which writing is considered a skill that anyone, from scientist to political advocate to athlete must have. The writing department, both graduate and undergraduate, are considered top tier, with writers such as Brian Morton, Jo Ann Beard, David Hollander, Myra Goldberg, Garth Risk Hallberg, Vijay Seshadri, and Kate Zambreno (among many others) teaching or having taught there recently.
Three undergraduate and three graduate student writers read and were briefly interviewed during this event. Below are the bios of our readers, in order of their reading:
Em Hammett is a sophomore at Sarah Lawrence College, studying writing and foreign languages. She is originally from Columbus, Ohio, and enjoys wandering aimlessly around New York City. At school she plays softball and works as a Resident Adviser. Other published or produced works include fragments in SLC’s The Cliffhanger Vol. 5 and three short plays, one produced by MadLab Theatre Company in 2013, and two produced in Downstage Theatre Company in 2014 and 2015. She would like to thank Felix, and sometimes wishes that she could have a carrier pigeon.
Nathan Mosely grew up just north of Atlanta. After studying literature at Kennesaw State University, he taught ESL in Yokohama, Japan for a year. His first book of poetry, A Mouth Full of Feathers, came out in 2013. Currently, he is living in New York and studying fiction at Sarah Lawrence College.
Eelisa Byrd is an Undergrad at Sarah Lawrence College with a concentration in Psychology. She is from Lilburn, Georgia, and is currently working on a multitude of future short stories.
Alexandra Fields is a fiction writer born and raised on Chicago’s North Shore. She left the Midwest to receive a BA in English from Barnard College, and is currently an MFA candidate at Sarah Lawrence College. She lives New York City with her husband and their very poorly behaved but adorable dog Charlie.
Joe Zaydon is a senior at Sarah Lawrence College, where he currently studies writing and literature. He has written various works of drama, poetry, film and, more recently, short fiction. He hails originally from East Providence, Rhode Island. As such, much of his work explores the oddities of Small Town America, a genre he likes to call ‘crooked fiction.’
Regina Mullen is a Creative Writing MFA candidate at Sarah Lawrence College, where she serves on the editorial staff of the literary journal LUMINA. Her essays and poetry have appeared in a couple of small newspapers and a number of obscure school literary journals. She has a background in both arts marketing and film sound, and is currently writing her first novel.