National University MFA Program Reading and Reception at the AWP!
Current NU students, Alumni, Prospective students, and the general public are welcome.
Friday, April 1st, 6:30pm-8pm Diamond Salon 10 in the JW Marriott Hotel. 900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015.
Featuring readings by:
ANN Y. K. CHOI was born in Chung-Ju, South Korea, and emigrated with her family to Canada in the 1970s. She holds an Honours BA from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. In 2012, she graduated from the University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies’ Creative Writing Program, winning the Marina Nemat Award for top final manuscript. Her first novel, Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety, will be published in May 2016 by Simon & Schuster Canada. Ann is currently completing her final year in the MFA Program at National University. A high school teacher, she lives in Toronto with her husband and her daughter.
WESTON OCHSE is a former intelligence officer and special operations soldier who has engaged enemy combatants, terrorists, narco smugglers, and human traffickers. His personal war stories include performing humanitarian operations over Bangladesh, being deployed to Afghanistan, and a near miss being cannibalized in Papua New Guinea. His fiction and non-fiction has been praised by USA Today, The Atlantic, The New York Post, The Financial Times of London, and Publishers Weekly. The American Library Association labeled him one of the Major Horror Authors of the 21st Century. His work has also won the Bram Stoker Award, been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and won multiple New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. A writer of more than 26 books in multiple genres, his military supernatural series SEAL Team 666 has been optioned to be a movie starring Dwayne Johnson. His military sci fi series, which starts with Grunt Life, has been praised for its PTSD-positive depiction of soldiers at peace and at war.
SHERRIE MIRANDA is an author who writes in order to create more peace and understanding in the world. She is a teacher who has taught students from many countries of the world. She is also a life and writing coach and hopes to soon find a way to help seniors and troubled teens write their life stories. She graduated from National University’s MFA in Creative Writing in 2009 and published the novel she turned in as her thesis Secrets & Lies in El Salvador in 2015. Sherrie loves to travel and first traveled to other countries before finally deciding to see some of the U.S., places that foreigners she met had been to, but that she hadn’t. She is happily married to a teacher who identifies himself first, as a musician. They hope to someday travel together to places where she reads her novel(s) and speaks to people about writing and life while Angelo plays his piano and entertains the audience.
SARAH CARSON received her MFA in Creative Writing from National University in 2009. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Guernica, the Minnesota Review, the Nashville Review, and the New Orleans Review, among others. She is the author of three chapbooks and two full-length collections: Poems in which You Die (BatCat Press) and Buick City (Mayapple Press). Originally from Michigan, she currently lives in Chicago with her dog, Amos.
R.K. JOHNSON is a native Washingtonian and the author of two young adult historical novels, Gilded Girls and Gilded Debutante which explore the lives of elite African-Americans during the Gilded Age. After earning her MFA in Fiction at National University, R.K. went on to work as a technical writer and teach creative writing workshops to children in Washington, D.C. As a child R.K. began journaling and later realized what a huge role it played in self-discovery. It was the author’s passion for reading and writing that led her to follow her childhood dream of becoming an author. She loves sharing her experience with others and works to promote literacy, writing and publishing to girls around the globe. Her hobbies include reading historical fiction by candlelight, visiting local libraries and traveling the world. Visit the author’s website at http://rkjohnsonnovels.wix.com/gildedgirls to learn more about her work.
Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too: