1st Years MFA Reading


Location: W 134 North Duncan Student Center

Christina Leo, Anne Malin Ringwalt,  & Lavinia Xu

Poetry & Fiction Reading

Christina graduated from Louisiana State University in 2015 with degrees in English and Mass Communication, concentrating in Creative Writing and Journalism, respectively. Once a student of oil painting and travel writing in Florence, Italy, she interned with LSU Press and Country Roads Magazine, then worked for two years as a staff writer for a lifestyle magazine, inRegister, where she interviewed a 101-year-old Olympic sprinter, a Vietnamese pilot who twice thwarted death, and an Aurora Shooting survivor, among others. During that time, she also served as a mentor for New South Story Lab, a nonprofit offering free creative writing workshops for local high school students who love a good Star Wars reference.

Anne Malin Ringwalt is a writer and musician. A graduate of Emerson College, Ringwalt is particularly interested in poetry, prose, philosophy and performance. Her poetry appears in HobartRogue AgentVinyl and Talking River, and her chapbook “Like Cleopatra” was published by dancing girl press in 2014. Her prose appears in the Adroit Journal and DUM DUM Zine: Punks and Scholars, and was recognized by the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program in 2013. She makes music with Fawn and co-curates Petoskey Memory, a collaborative arts and community project. AM can be found floating between Southeastern Wisconsin, Northern Michigan and Southern California.

Lavinia Xu was born in Nanjing, China, and she earned her BA from Ohio State University where she studied English Literature, Creative Writing and Logistics. Her poetry explores Chinese identities/myths, and subversive potential of fairytales. Her work has appeared in Paris American and Mosaic. She is co-editor of Off The Coast, an online poetry magazine that features voices of both marginalized and foreign writers, and Farrago, which is cofounded by her and her fellow writers in Ohio.

The reading is free and open to the public.