Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Stonecoast MFA 2020 Alumni Reading, Part I

December 2, 2020
7:00 PM
alumni writer headshots & event graphic

Join us for the Stonecoast MFA 2020 Alumni Readings! Twelve fantastic alumni authors who published a book in 2020 will read over the course of two sessions (12/2 and 12/9).

Our first event is Wednesday, December 2nd at 7pm EST. RSVP: 

Kevin St. Jarre
Cynthia Kraak
Julia McKenzie Munemo
Ellie O'Leary
Anne Britting Oleson
David Sloan 


Kevin St. Jarre (Popfic, S'10) has worked as a teacher, a professor, a newspaper reporter, an international corporate consultant, and led a combat intelligence team in the first Gulf War. His most recent novels are published by Encircle Publications, his Pushcart-nominated short fiction can be found online, and he is a member of International Thriller Writers. Kevin lives on the coast of Maine. 

Cynthia Kraack, (LitFic, W10) is the author of five novels including The High Cost of Flowers, winner of the Midwest Book Award and co-writer of 40 Thieves on Saipan. Her short stories have appeared in The Saturday Evening Post and regional press. 

Julia McKenzie Munemo (CNF, S'16) completed a bachelor’s degree at Bard and a master’s in education at Harvard. After working in educational publishing for many years, she earned an MFA in creative nonfiction from the Stonecoast Program at the University of Southern Maine. She lives with her family in western Massachusetts. 

Ellie O’Leary, (Poetry, W'17) Poet Laureate of Amesbury, Massachusetts, teaches writing at the Belfast (Maine) Senior College, and at Pyramid Life Center in the Adirondacks where she co-founded a new writing retreat – Fall Writerfest. Breathe Here (poetry, 2020) and Up Home Again, memoir due out 2021, are both with North Country Press. 

Anne Britting Oleson (Poetry, W'05) lives in Central Maine. A Stonecoast alum (P, 2005), she has published four novels, The Book of the Mandolin Player, Dovecote, Tapiser, and Cow Palace; and four poetry chapbooks: The Church of St. Materiana, The Beauty of It, Alley of Dreams, and Magic Somewhere Else (forthcoming, Clare Songbirds Publishing). 

David Sloan, (Poetry, W'09) had his second book, A Rising and Other Poems, published by Deerbrook Editions last spring. His debut collection, The Irresistible In-Between, appeared in 2013. He has received the 2012 Betsy Sholl Award, two Maine Literary awards, three Goodreads prizes, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He teaches at Maine Coast Waldorf High School in Freeport.  

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