Kelly McMasters, author of Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town and a new member of the Hofstra English Department faculty, will present a talk and reading of her work on Tuesday, July 14, at 5 p.m. “Writing Real Life and Making it Matter: Memoir as Activism” is free and open to the public and will take place at the Student Center, Plaza Room West, room 127, North Campus. For more information call the English Department at 516-463-5454.
McMasters will teach nonfiction writing in the MFA in Creative Writing Program and Publishing Studies. Welcome to Shirley 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. McMasters’ 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, Newsday, and Time Out New York, 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. McMasters has taught at mediabistro.com and in the undergraduate writing program and Journalism Graduate School at Columbia University.