Sarah Brunstad is an uprooted Tennessean writing her way into New York City. She studied English at the University of Tennessee, where she won second place in the university’s fiction prize. While working on her master’s degree at Fordham University, she is bending genres in her young adult novel tentatively titled Follow the Yellow Brick Road. This summer, she’ll be working on a modernized graphic adaptation of Britomart’s tale in The Faerie Queene. Sarah’s work has been published in BeanSwitch, Polaris, and The Rumpus, and she is a staff member of CURA, Fordham’s literary magazine.
Jessica Denzer is an undergraduate student at Fordham University currently working on an English degree with a concentration in creative writing. Growing up in Kansas City, Missouri, she originally moved to New York to attend acting school at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Discovering a passion for words during scene study, Jessica transferred to Fordham to focus on writing. She is currently working on a short story collection and preparing to apply for graduate school. This is the first time Jessica will be reading at KGB.
Catharine Kane is about to complete her undergraduate degree in English Literature at Fordham University in the Bronx. Starting in the fall she will be teaching high school English in eastern North Carolina through Teach for America. When not curled up in a corner writing, she spends her time with the amazing young women at the Rosedale Center for Girls in the South Bronx. To read her rants about everything from secret messages in Harry Potter to the inherent awesomeness of Disney princesses, check out her blog, http://plotsmiths.blogspot.com/.
Kevin Hart is an English MA student at Fordham University, where he teaches English composition and French grammar. This fall, he will begin work on a PhD in English, French and Russian literature at UC San Diego.
Matt Petronzio is a poet and journalist living in Manhattan. He is a creative writing student at Fordham University, where he has received the Academy of American Poets Prize and the Ully Hirsch/Robert F. Nettleton Poetry Prize. He recently completed a chapbook, “Asleep With Locusts,” as his thesis. His work has been published most recently in NAP Magazine, and he is an editor for CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art & Action. This fall, Matt will begin his MFA candidacy in poetry at Hunter College.
Amelia Rafael studies English at Fordham University and was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Although she went on a brief haitus during her senior year in high school, she began writing poetry in junior high and is happy to have taken up the practice again recently. Although an English major, she is taking elective science courses in order to gain admission into Optometry School. Amelia does research at the Pfizer laboratory at the New York Botanical Gardens twice a week.
Tessa Ramsay will graduate from Fordham University this month with an English major and Creative Writing minor. Her favorite form of creative writing is the short story because she finds the freedom of creating lives from scratch to be both challenging and thrilling. Next year, she will be pursuing her Master’s Degree in Adolescent English Education at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education. As a future high school English and creative writing teacher, she hopes to inspire her students to find their unique writing voices and explore the world of fiction and poetry, which she has come to love so much.
Chris Ready is a senior at Fordham University’s Rose Hill campus. He will be graduating on May 18 with a major in philosophy and minors in English and Spanish. He was published in CURA earlier this year. This is his first time reading at the KGB Bar. Chris plans to remain in New York City after graduation, and looks forward to establishing himself as a writer as soon as possible.
Veronica Szczygiel is graduating this May with a Master’s in English and American Literature at Fordham University. She graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University, in May of 2010 with a degree in English and Education. Currently, Veronica is an English teacher at Marymount Middle School. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which is right across the street from Marymount, is an indispensable source of inspiration. Besides education, Veronica’s passion is creative writing. She writes poetry and is working on a middle-grade children’s novel. Her work has previously appeared in Ampersand, The Tablet, Echoes, and in Columbia University’s Slavic Magazine The Birch.