2nd Year MFA Reading


Location: Geddes Hall Auditorium

Madison McCartha, Moonseok Choi, and Jean Yoon will read at Notre Dame on Wednesday October 25, 2017, at 7 p.m. in the Geddes Hall Auditorium.

Graduating from Beloit College in 2013, Madison McCartha won the White Howells Prose Prize, had flash-fiction published in Burrow Press, and poetry in Nightjar Review and The Pinch. Raised in San Diego, Madison recently spent his time freezing to death in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he served both as Asst. Editor and Design Editor for Cream City Review, and became the Poetry Editor for Storm Cellar Quarterly. A Yield Fellow, he will also serve as the Managing Editor for Yield Magazine, come fall. Poets who have influenced him include Larry Levis, Jorie Graham, Lucas de Lima, Peter Gizzi, Nathaniel Mackey, Dorothea Lasky, Anne Waldman, Robert Creeley, and George Oppen. Madison's interests include horror flicks, affect theory, shamanism, Bjork, and a capacious poetry capable of housing a multiplicitous self.

Moonseok Choi was born in Seoul, South Korea, but spent 6 years of his childhood in the wilderness of Kansas picking up English. His fluency in both languages earned him a BA at Yonsei University’s Underwood International College, and allowed him to serve as a military translator in the ROK Army Special Forces for 2 years. He majored in Comparative Literature and Culture and became 11 different people for his senior thesis to write a fictional anthology of world poetry.

Moonseok won Yonsei’s Academy of American Poets Prize in 2014 for his sonnet “A Postcard from İzmir.” He enjoys writing in traditional forms as much as experimenting with contemporary poetry, and takes inspiration from Federico Garcia Lorca, John Berryman, Kenneth Koch, and many more. His other interests include teaching, translating both literature and official documents, watching and analyzing films, and exploring issues of gender, race and discrimination in Korea and America.

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