Not Just Letters - Spring 2014

The George Mason University Alumni Association Spring 2014
Mason alumna publishes first book, 'Casualties'

When George Mason University double alumna Kirsten Clodfelter moved to Indiana, she wasn’t expecting to write a collection of short stories about the Middle East.

Undergrad Brooke Thomas holds the past in her hands

It’s hard to fathom how much Brooke Thomas has achieved in her time here at Mason.

Introducing new visiting writer, Tim Denevi

The English Department would like to introduce our Visiting Writer in Nonfiction, Tim Denevi.

Teresa Michals's book explores age, adulthood
"Books for Children, Books for Adults: Age and the Novel from Defoe to James" looks at the ways that views of age have changed over time, and the ways we define adulthood.
Nom de Plume: A (Secret) History of Pseudonyms

Carmela Ciuraru, BA English ’94, chronicles the pseudonyms of authors past and present in her recent book.

Kyoko Mori’s passion brings 'Barn Cat' to new readers

Kyoko Mori is at ease in her living room explaining to a small class of MFA students how Miles—her cat—came to be the love of her life.

An excerpt from 'An Authentic Captain Marvel Ring'

Jagged reddish-orange lightning-shaped scores, a circle with compass arrow and points east west north south within …

On telling stories

I hate the laundry list of occupations I spout out to people who happen to ask what I do for a living.

Animals of the English Department

When we’re not reading or writing, we’re probably reading to our pets, or writing about them. Here are some of the animals of the English Department.

New Leaves Writer’s Conference, April 7-11

The week-long series of events for writers is, like much at Mason, ever-growing.

2014 Diversity Scholarship Golf Classic
Graduation Celebration Toast 2014
Gold Cup Alumni Hospitality Tent
Class of 1969 Luncheon (2014)
Celebration of Distinction
Reading and Talk with Author Dinaw Mengestu,
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