The MFA Student Reading Series was originally founded by alumna Lisa Gonzales in 2004 as an opportunity for MFA students to share their work with a larger audience.  

The poets and fiction writers who will be featured in this Fall 2015 Reading Series, each aesthetically and culturally different, are sure to bring in a diverse crowd with their charismatic performances. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear the best young writers in Indiana!

The fall 2015 semester will showcase these talented writers on Wednesday nights at 7:30 p.m. at different locations, though primarily on campus.

Katy Cousino and Chris Holdaway [Sept. 23] Geddes Hall Coffeehouse.

Katy Cousino writes about the body as an oozing, vulnerable, and ever-dying monster.

Chris Holdaway is an amateur astrophysicist whose poetry confuses contours of the Cosmic Microwave Background with landscapes of Earth.

Bret Nye, Nichole Riggs, and Alethea Tusher [Nov. 18], 207 DeBartolo.

Bret Nye blends fantastic and psychological fiction in a bubbly cauldron with the gothic and the absurd, and he is obsessed with writing about ghosts, especially if the ghosts are in love.

Nichole Riggs writes sonically dynamic poetry that splices fantastical worlds and language with examinations on capitalism, war, the military-industrial complex, and other ethical issues.

Alethea Magdalena Tusher takes the quotidian and makes it weird by excavating the inherent violence in domestic spaces.

Evan Harris, Ae Hee Lee, and Kyle Muntz [Dec. 2], Geddes Hall Coffee House.

Evan Harris writes fiction and essays. His work-in-progress includes a paranoia about the legacy of biographical data published on the internet.

Ae Hee Lee is South Korean by birth and Peruvian by heart and memory. She writes mythical and mystical, cross-cultural and cross-linguistic poetry that likes to explore worlds and loves within and beyond the human.

Kyle Muntz’s current project integrates elements of mythology, surrealism, and the grotesque with fantasy narratives.

Suzi Garcia, Tony Messina, and Matt Pelkey [Dec. 9], Geddes Hall Coffee House.

Suzi Garcia writes about pop culture, identity, and feelings. Her poetry has been featured in the Offing, The Barely South Review, The Pinch Journal, and more.

Tony Messina’s prose exists in the space between memoir and fairy tale, glides like a jellyfish, and looks like a photograph of the words we say when we tell ourselves we’re telling the truth.

Matt Pelkey writes about the many (fictional) failures he has known and loved.