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Writers On Writing Series

The Mount Mary University Master of Arts in English program presents this series that brings best-selling authors to campus to talk about their published work, their process and their craft.


Upcoming Events

Laura Ruby

Writers on Writing: Featuring Laura Ruby

Monday, November 7, 2016
6:30-8:00 p.m.
North Dining Room

Laura Ruby
A 2015 National Book Finalist and the 2016 Printz Award winner for her novel Bone Gap, Laura Ruby writes fiction for adults, teens and children. Her work also includes the Edgar-nominated children's mystery Lily’s Ghosts, Quick Pick for teens Good Girls (2006), a collection of interconnected short stories about blended families for adults, I’m Not Julia Roberts (2007), and the forthcoming middle-grade trilogy York. She is on the faculty of Hamline University’s Masters in Writing for Children Program. Ruby makes her home in the Chicago area. 

Dasha Kelly

Dasha Kelly is returning to Mount Mary's campus on Monday, November 21 at 12:00 noon in Caroline Student Lounge.  Dasha is a writer, performer, social entrepreneur, and carrot cake connoisseur. As a poet and novelist, her writings haveappeared in anthologies, text books, magazines and online.




Writers on Writing: Featuring Chrissy Kolaya
Monday, March 27, 2017
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Stiemke Hall (located in Caroline Hall)

Chrissy Kolaya

Chrissy Kolaya
Poet and fiction writer Chrissy Kolaya’s was recognized by Booklist for adeptly building “a magnetizing, deeply perceptive tale of the clash between outsiders and insiders, personal obsession and family, tradition and change, dream and delusion” in her debut novel Charmed Particles. Her work has been included in the anthologies New Sudden Fiction (Norton), Fiction on a Stick (Milkweed Editions), and Stone, River, Sky: An Anthology of Georgia Poems, as well as in a number of literary journals.

Kolaya has received a Norman Mailer Writers Colony summer scholarship, an Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies fellowship, a Loft Mentor Series Award in Poetry, and grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Lake Region Arts Council, and the University of Minnesota. She teaches writing at the University of Minnesota Morris, where she’s one of the co-founders of the Prairie Gate Literary Festival.

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