Students from Hofstra’s MFA in Creative Writing program will read excerpts of their work at Manhattan’s KGB Bar, a New York literary institution that regularly hosts readings by seasoned and emerging writers. The MFA program typically presents an evening at the KGB Bar once a semester.
The students – Foyinsi Adegbonmire, Ashanti Davis, Michael Mahoski and Victoria Valenzuela – will read from the poetry and fiction they are working on in class. Sophie Herzing will emcee the event.
The Hofstra MFA reading is scheduled for Friday, November 30, 7-9 p.m. KGB Bar is located at 85 East 4th Street, New York, NY, in the East Village (just off 2nd Avenue). There is no minimum age to enter the bar, however, those under 21 years old will not be served alcohol under any circumstances.
More about the readers:
Foyinsi Adegbonmire is a Nigerian-born poet and author who believes writing is one of the best ways to improve the world, one mind at a time. She uses poetry as a way to better understand her feelings and the world around her while prose is her escape from the horrors of life. Her favorite themes include social justice, philosophical explorations, relationships, and world-building. When she’s not writing or interning in Children’s Editorial at Simon & Schuster, she can be found in bed reading Young Adult fiction (especially fantasy) or watching old sitcoms like Girlfriends, Martin, and The Nanny.
Ashanti Davis writes prose, poetry, scripts, HTML, Python, C++–anything, really, and is a Creative Writing BA/MFA student, also working on her BA in Computer Science; she has a lot of ideas, most of them are incoherent. She is currently the managing editor for volume 4 of Hofstra’s digital literary magazine, AMP.
Sophie Herzing is a poet originally from Saint Mary’s, PA. She moved to Long Island after graduating from Lycoming College where she double majored in painting and creative writing. She currently lives in Queens and is finishing up her MFA at Hofstra. When she isn’t in class, she teaches 34 beautiful kindergarteners at Success Academy Springfield Gardens.
Michael Mahoski is in his second year pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Hofstra. He completed his undergraduate work at Hofstra and where he double majored in Drama and English Literature. Michael’s focus as a writer are fiction and playwriting, with a particular emphasis on fantasy and science fiction works. Michael would like to thank his family and close friends for their support and the Hofstra writing faculty for their guidance and the opportunities they have provided him.