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Kelly McMasters

Assistant Professor of English


Degrees

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


Bio

Kelly McMasters is a former bookshop owner and 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. She is also co-editor, along with Margot Kahn, of the anthology This Is the Place: Women Writing on Home (Seal Press, 2017). 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, Franklin & Marshall College, and in the undergraduate writing program and Journalism Graduate School at Columbia University, among others. She is currently an Assistant Professor of English and Director of Publishing Studies at Hofstra University in NY, where she teaches in the undergraduate and MFA in Creative Writing program.

Teaching Interests

Creative Nonfiction, Essay, Memoir, Publishing, Making a Literary Magazine

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
CRWR 184A (CP) MAKING MEMOIR MATTER Undergraduate
CRWR 185F CREATIVE NON FIC: LIFE WRITING Undergraduate
CRWR 185M CREATIVE NON-FIC: TRUTH V FACT Undergraduate
CRWR 199 DEPT HONORS CANDIDACY: PROJECT Undergraduate
CRWR 303 M.F.A. PROJECT Graduate
ENGL 178A LITERARY PUBLISHING Undergraduate
ENGL 191 INTERNSHIP IN ENGL Undergraduate
ENGL 195N INDEPENDENT READINGS IN LIT Undergraduate
ENGL 199 DEPT HONORS CANDIDACY: ESSAY Undergraduate
PUBL 178 WINDMILL: PUBLISHING PRACTICUM Undergraduate
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