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No Place Like Home

Kelly McMasters. Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff.

Great Writers, Great Readings Event Celebrates New Essay Collection

The first installment of the Spring 2018 Great Writers, Great Readings series puts the spotlight on This Is the Place: Women Writing About Home, an anthology edited by Margot Kahn and Hofstra English Professor Kelly McMasters.

The discussion, featuring book contributors Sonya Chung, Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas, and Professor McMasters will take place Thursday, February 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus. For more information, call the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669.

This Is the Place explores the theme of home through essays about neighbors, marriage, kids, objects, homelessness, domestic violence, solitude, immigration, gentrification, and more.

Great Writers, Great Readings, now in its 14th year, is presented by the Department of English, the MFA in Creative Writing Program and the Hofstra Cultural Center. Admission is free and open to the public.  About the authors:

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 at Skidmore College.

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 is an assistant professor of creative nonfiction at Virginia Commonwealth University.


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 TimesParis 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.

This Is the Place received a favorable review in The New York Times and was also named one of 6 Books You Need to Read in November” by Town & Country magazine in 2017.

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