MFA Thesis Reading


Location: Regis Philbin Studio Theatre


Second year students of the Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Notre Dame will be reading from their final theses at the Regis Philbin Studio Theater in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on April 20th, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

This event is free, but you will need a ticket to attend. You can get your ticket at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

The event will include 5-minute readings from five poets and five fiction writers:

Katy Cousino is from Clay, West Virginia. She likes horror movies, her two cats, community involvement, and writing poetry. She also has a turtle named Morla. Her work can be found at Deluge, Tagvverk, and Seven Corners, and is forthcoming at glitterMOB.

Evan Harris writes essays and fiction. His thesis is a novel, Emma.

Chris Holdaway is a poet / editor / linguist / amateur cosmologist from New Zealand. He directs Compound Press, & previously received an MA(Hons) in linguistics from the University of Auckland, where he also studied some astrophysics. He published work this year in Cream City ReviewDeluge,PreludeThe Seattle Review, & Whiskey Island.

Ae Hee Lee is South Korean by birth and Peruvian by memory. She writes trilingual, and her poetry seeks to go beyond the cross-cultural and back to the mythical and personal. Her work can be found in Cha, Spark: A Creative Anthology, Ruminate, Day One, Duende, Silver Birch Press, and The Margins, among others.

Anthony Rocco Messina's work has appeared in Rose Red Review, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, the anthology Taiwan Tales: A Multicultural Perspective (Lone Wolf Press), and elsewhere. An excerpt from his nonfiction project, For J____, has been nominated for the 2015 AWP Intro Journals Project.

Kyle Muntz is the author of Scary People (Eraserhead Press, 2015), and Green Lights (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2014). His short fiction has appeared in Fiction International, Mayday Magazine, and others. He is also the writer and developer of The Pale City, an independently produced roleplaying game in development for PC.

Bret Nye is a writer of fiction and nonfiction from northwestern Ohio whose work has been published in Notre Dame ReviewMidwestern Gothic, and Paper Tape, amongst other places. After receiving his MFA in Prose from the program here at Notre Dame, he plans to continue working on his first book, The Yearning Sessions. He will live with his very-soon-to-be-wife somewhere out in the great blue yonder.

Matt Pelkey was born in Washington, D.C. He studied philosophy at Vassar College and has written professionally as a policy analyst and journalist. His master’s thesis, a collection of short stories titled Sad Young Men on Bikes,explores contemporary artistic subcultures in Chicago and other American cities.

Nichole Riggs grew up in Tucson, Arizona. She currently teaches creative writing, holds an editorial position with Action Books, and periodically works with Spork Press. She has poetry published most recently in Smoking Glue Gun Magazine, and has poetry forthcoming in THE FEM and Witch Craft Magazine. Her chapbook, Aluminum Necropolis, is forthcoming from horse less press this November. Some of her other interests include pie-making, book-making, Buffy the Vampire SlayerSupernatural, as well as dance and performance.

Alethea Magdalena Tusher takes the quotidian and makes it weird by excavating the inherent violence in domestic spaces with a language that's totes female and fashionable just like her.

The reading is free and open to the public. Tickets will be available at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.