Kelly McMasters, Hasanthika Sirensina, and Sonya Chung: Contributors to This Is The Place: Women Writing About Home

September 20 '2018 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Writers House Reading Room


Kelly McMasters is the co-editor with Margot Kahn of This Is The Place: Women Writing About Home, a thought-provoking collection of personal essays. In the New York Times Book Review, Elissa Schappell says, “This collection, encompassing a spectrum of races, ethnicities, religions, sexualities, political beliefs and classes, could not be timelier.” McMasters is the author of Welcome to Shirley, one of Oprah Winfrey’s top five summer memoirs, and her work has appeared in the New York Times, Paris Review, Tin House and many others. She is currently an assistant professor of English and director of publishing studies at Hofstra University in New York. Sonya Chung is the author of the novels The Loved Ones and Long for This World. She is a staff writer for the The Millions and founding editor of Bloom, and is a recipient of a Pushcart Prize nomination, the Charles Johnson Fiction Award, the Bronx Council on the Arts Writers’ Residency, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and a Key West Literary Seminars residency. Hasanthika Sirisena’s essays and stories have appeared in The Globe and Mail, WSQ, Narrative, The Kenyon Review, Glimmer Train, Epoch, StoryQuarterly, Narrative and other magazines. Her work has been anthologized in Best New American Voices, and named a distinguished story by Best American Short Stories in 2011 and 2012. She is a recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. In 2008 she received a Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award. She is currently an associate fiction editor at West Branch magazine and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Susquehanna University. This event is free and open to the public.