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MFA/Pub Reunion Panel


Please join the MFA in Creative Writing and MA in Publishing programs as we host a special panel, reading, and reception on reunion weekend. MA in Publishing alumna, Feliza Casano will moderate a one hour panel and reading with alumna, Erin Kelly MFA ’16, Vernita Hall MFA ’14, and Jennifer Murphy, MA ’14 as they talk about their experiences in publishing and the writing life after graduation. The discussion will focus on strategies for success and figuring out a manageable write/life balance. Erin and Vernita will also read briefly from their work.


 Panel Bios


jenJennifer Murphy (MA Publishing ’14) is a Marketing Coordinator at HarperCollins, where she leads marketing campaigns on a diverse list of fiction and nonfiction titles. Notable campaigns include Julia Fine’s What Should Be Wild and Ben Austen’s High-Risers, and she has supported successful campaigns on a wide range of books, including Amy Chozick’s Chasing Hillary, Anthony’s Horowitz’s Magpie Murders, and Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @jenmurfee.



felizFeliza Casano (MA Publishing '15) is the editor & founder of Girls in Capes and an assistant publicist at Lanternfish Press. She covers science fiction, fantasy, and other entertainment topics for Unbound Worlds, The Portalist, and other publications. 
verVernita Hall (MFA ’14) is the author of Where William Walked (Willow Books, 2018), winner of the Willow Books Grand Prize for Poetry and the Robert Creeley Prize (Marsh Hawk Press), and The Hitchhiking Robot Learns About Philadelphians (Moonstone Press, 2017), winner of the Moonstone Chapbook Contest. Her poems and essays appear or are forthcoming in numerous journals and anthologies. A lifelong Philadelphian, Hall holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Rosemont College and serves on the poetry review board of Philadelphia Stories.
erin.kellyErin Entrada Kelly (MFA ‘16) has more than 20 years of experience as a journalist, magazine editor, book publicist, and copy editor. Her third novel, HELLO, UNIVERSE, was recently awarded the prestigious Newbery Medal for Children’s literature. She's received more than a dozen journalism awards from the Louisiana Press Association, the Associated Press, and the Council for the Advancement of Secondary Education. She's also a regular contributor to Political Research Associates and the Library Journal, where she specializes in historical non-fiction, social sciences, and Gothic fiction. She has a bachelor's degree in liberal arts and women's studies from McNeese State University and an MFA from Rosemont.