This is the first reading of MFA candidates from the class of 2019; all three readers kicking off the semester’s MFA reading series are fiction writers.
They’ll be reading at Geddes Hall Coffe Shop at 7:30 PM on January 31.
Jake McCabe: Jake McCabe is from Chicago and holds a BFA from Pratt Institute, where he worked as a creative writing teacher at Pratt’s “Saturday Art School” program, as well as editor of Ubiquitous. His collection Chicago Stories was a finalist for Pratt’s undergraduate thesis award. When not in South Bend, he spends his time between Chicago and New York City.
Jac Smith: Jac Smith is from Long Beach, California where she received her degree in psychology at CSULB. In 2014 she was a recipient of the UCLA Extension Writers' Program Scholarship for fiction. Recently she was awarded the 2018 summer residency through The Studios of Key West. Her fiction has appeared in Santa Ana River Review and Hypertrophic Literary.
Joseph Thomas: Joseph Earl Thomas is a Black writer from Northeast Philly whose writing has appeared or is forthcoming in After the Pause, Apiary, Philadelphia Printworks, The Offing, and Philadelphia Stories. He is also 2017 VONA workshop alumni. A memoirist and poet, he often wonders how things might have gone had he fallen in love with hominids first, and so he spends much of his time reading and writing speculative fiction. Joseph is grinding on two book-length projects: Sink, a memoir about coming of age as an undereducated blerd in the city, and a “war” novel, God Bless You, Otis Spunkmeyer. Joseph blogs on birth world problems atjosephearlthomas.com and is currently an MFA candidate in prose at the University of Notre Dame.