The Roosevelt Reading Series is proud to present our line-up of graduating MFAers, who will be reading from their theses Monday, November 26, from 5-6pm in the Gage Gallery. Join us in congratulating our graduating classmates!
Christina Kloess is a writer working and writing in Chicago. She graduated from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana, with a bachelor's degree in writing and in theater. Her three-and-a-half years of study in Roosevelt University's Fiction Writing program have been accompanied by a few successes--she was the recipient of the Friends of Chicago Writers award in 2009, and her short story, "The Hardest Button" (recently retitled "The Iniquitous Conception and Birth of Baby") appeared in 2011's 30 Under 30, a short story collection from Starcherone Books. Her thesis, Moms and Dads, Bones and Hair, is a collection of 9 short stories rooted and based and written around fairy tales and folklore. Christina continues to work and write and write and write in Chicago, and plans to do so until the end of time.
Mark Magoon writes poetry, short-fiction, and secret songs that he sings only for his dogs. He and his beautiful fiancé live in Chicago. His thesis, The Upper Peninsula Misses You, is a book of poetry told through two tales. The dual narrative unfolds through factual, measured section breaks. The poems are personal, almost confessional—they linger on familial relations, the complex emotions that come with those relationships, and the attachment of place. The book focuses on fracture and decline—family, mortality, morality, mental health.The Upper Peninsula Misses You explores the exactness where place and people meet at reality and mesh of memories, and what happens over the years as everything is marred.
Timothy Moore is a winner of the 2012 Chicago Reader fiction contest and the 2nd place winner in the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation's Writing Competition. He also is an editor at Ghost Ocean Magazine. His thesis is a novel titled Yellow Winter.
Jenna Tackett is an MFA candidate in the Creative Writing program. She received her Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Central Arkansas. She has work published in The Vortex and forthcoming in the Nerdfighter Anthology. When she's not writing, she is busy reading young adult fiction, singing loudly, making videos, designing the campus newspaper, and drinking coffee. Her thesis is a young adult novel titled Greying.