F162. Crafty: Four City University of New York MFA Graduates Read from Their Work

Room 204AB, Washington Convention Center, Level Two
Friday, February 10, 2017
10:30 am to 11:45 am


The playful, disruptive side of the imagination is embodied in the trickster figure and City University of New York MFA students and alumni take the trickster’s lead, intent on shaking things up. They also continue the university’s legacy of diversity, from class and national origin to cultural background to subject matter. MFA program graduates from Brooklyn, City, Hunter, and Queens Colleges display their craftiness—after all, the mischief is in the telling.



Kimiko Hahn finds material from disparate sources: black lung, Japanese zuihitsu, and science as in Brain Fever, one of her nine collections. Her awards include a Guggenheim fellowship. She teaches in the MFA program in creative writing and translation, Queens College, CUNY and is President of the Poetry Society of America.

Walter Mosley is the author of more than fifty critically acclaimed books ranging from nonfiction to fiction—literary, science fiction, mystery, and YA. His books have been adapted for film and TV. His awards include O. Henry, NAACP Image, Grammy, PEN Amer Lifetime Achievement, and a 2016 Grand Master from MWA.

Phil Klay is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, a graduate of the Hunter College MFA program, and the author of the short story collection, Redeployment, which received the 2014 National Book Award for fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award for best debut in any genre.

Helen Phillips is the author of four books, including the novel The Beautiful Bureaucrat (a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and the NYPL Young Lions Award) and two short story collections, Some Possible Solutions and And Yet They Were Happy.

Rajiv Mohabir is winner of the Four Way Books Intro Prize 2014 for The Taxidermist's Cut, the 2015 Kundiman Prize, and a 2015 AWP Intro Journal Award. He received his MFA in poetry from Queens College, CUNY and he is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Hawai'i.


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