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Great Writers, Great Readings

This Is the Place: Women Writing About Home
with Sonya Chung, Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas, and Kelly McMasters

14th Annual Great Writers, Great Readings Series – Spring 2018
Thursday, February 22, 6:30 p.m.
Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus

Admission to Great Writers, Great Readings events is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 516-463-5669 or visit hofstra.edu/gwgr.

What makes a home? What do equality, safety, and politics have to do with it? And why is it so important to feel like we belong? A new essay collection, edited by Margot Kahn and Hofstra faculty member Kelly McMasters, explores the theme of home through essays about neighbors, marriage, kids, objects, homelessness, domestic violence, solitude, immigration, gentrification, and more. This installment of Great Writers, Great Readings features a conversation with book contributors Sonya Chung, Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas, and Kelly McMasters.

This Is the Place: Women Writing About Home


Sonya Chung is the author of the novels The Loved Ones, a Kirkus Best Fiction of 2016 selection, and Long for This World. She is a staff writer for The Millions and her essays, stories, and reviews have appeared in Threepenny Review, Tin House, Buzzfeed, and more, and is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize nomination, the Bronx Council on the Arts Fellowship, and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. She lives in New York City and teaches writing at Skidmore College.

Sonya Chung


Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas is the author of Don't Come Back, a collection of essays, short stories, and translations that navigate the Colombian civil conflict with a personal investigation into her own life, family, and mixed heritage. She received her MFA in literary translation and creative nonfiction from University of Iowa. She is currently an assistant professor of creative nonfiction at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas


Kelly McMasters is the co-editor of This Is the Place: Women Writing About Home. She is a former bookshop owner and author of Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town, the basis for the documentary film The Atomic States of America. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Paris Review Daily, American Scholar, and Newsday, among others. She received her MFA in creative nonfiction from Columbia University and is an Assistant Professor of English and Director of Publishing Studies at Hofstra University.

Kelly McMasters
Sonya Chung: Photo by Robin Holland
Kelly McMasters: Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff