KGB: Hofstra MFA reading

May 04, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ashrena Ali is a first year graduate student at Hofstra University. She’s a native of Queens, where she lives with her mother, step-dad, younger sister and pug. After graduating from Queens College in 2016 with a Bachelor’s in English, Ashrena spent a year and a half between working and exploring different countries. She hopes to publish a book of travel poetry sometime after her graduate career. While she’s no stranger to speaking in front of crowds, this is her first poetry performance. Ashrena enjoys kayaking in Cold Springs, eating her mom’s pan-seared lamb chops, and watching Jimmy Fallon Hashtag videos before bed.

Madeleine Carroll is completing her last semester of Hofstra University’s MFA program in Creative Writing, where she has written poetry and prose.  She was born and raised on Long Island.  Madeleine also plays the viola, guitar and piano and loves to sing.  She has recently combined her love of music and poetry into songwriting and is currently working on an album.  She uses writing to deal with pain, fears, and insecurities within herself, to turn negative emotions and experiences into something creative and fulfilling.

Hailing from Long Island, William Gace is a fiction writer in his last semester of Hofstra’s MFA program.  His undergraduate background is in multicultural literature and he enjoys writing analytically in addition to his creative endeavors.  He has been a recipient of two teaching fellowships and plans to teach creative writing at the collegiate level.  He began writing in the first grade, with sketchily drawn comics, and has had a love for all creative outlets ever since.  He is currently writing his first novel and has written numerous short stories.

Jennifer Romanello is currently a partner at Emi Battaglia Public Relations and a veteran of the book publishing industry. Her poems have been published in Ovunque Siamo, and her poem “I Terri” was awarded first place in the Concorso Internazionale di Poesia by the city of Messina in Sicily. She is an adjunct instructor at Hofstra University, where is she is also completing her MFA in creative writing.

Tyler Thier is a native Long Islander and a second-year MFA student concentrating in poetry. He has been published in the New York Public Library Zine and Film Matters Magazine, and he also works as a writing tutor. Besides everything literary, his first love has always been the cinema, which informs practically every word he puts on the page and is always his saving grace when he doesn’t know what to say in a conversation.