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Kelly McMasters

Assistant Professor of English


Degrees

MFA, 2005, Columbia University; BA, 1998, Vassar Coll


Bio

Kelly McMasters is the author of Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town. The book was listed as one of Oprah's top 5 summer memoirs and is the basis for the documentary film The Atomic States of America, a 2012 Sundance selection. Her essays, reviews, and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post Magazine, The Paris Review, The American Scholar, River Teeth: A Journal of Narrative Nonfiction, Tin House, Newsday, Time Out New York, Columbia Magazine, and MrBellersNeighborhood.com, among others. She holds a BA from Vassar College and an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia's School of the Arts and is the recipient of a Pushcart nomination and an Orion Book Award nomination. Kelly has taught at mediabistro.com, NYU Gallatin, The New School, and in the undergraduate writing program and Journalism Graduate School at Columbia University. Prior to her position with Hofstra University, she served as the 2014-2015 Visiting Assistant Professor of Nonfiction at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA and is the former owner of Moody Road Studios bookshop in rural Pennsylvania.


Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
CRWR 185G CREATIVE NONFICTION:THE ESSAY Undergraduate
CRWR 243 CREATIVE NON-FICTION WRITING Graduate
CRWR 293P WRITING LITERARY CRITICISM Graduate
CRWR 303 M.F.A. PROJECT Graduate
ENGL 008D WRTING & PUBLISHING AN OVRVIEW Undergraduate
ENGL 191 DONADIO & OLSON LIT AGY INTSHP Undergraduate
ENGL 192A PUBLISHING STUDIES PRACTICUM Undergraduate
INTD 003A NEW LEAF LITERARY AGENCY Undergraduate
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