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MFA Visiting Writers

Winter Residency

Mia Gallagher and Pearl Abraham will serve as visiting writers for the Winter 2018 Residency. 

Mia Gallagher

Mia Gallagher is a writer and performer based in Dublin. She is the author of two acclaimed novels. Her debut HellFire (Penguin Ireland, 2006) was winner of the Irish Tatler Literature Award (2007) and was most recently sampled in audio form for ‘Ya Slip Ta Bang’, an interactive sound project with Kaffe Matthews at the SOUNDCHECK exhibition (Science Gallery, Dublin 2017). Mia’s second novel Beautiful Pictures of the Lost Homeland (New Island, 2016) was longlisted for the inaugural Republic of Consciousness Award (UK, 2016) and chosen for the Irish Times Book Club in February 2017. Her essays, reviews and award-winning short fiction have been widely published at home and abroad. Last year she was guest-editor of the Stinging Fly’s special issue Fear & Fantasy and is now one of the journal’s contributing editors. She is the 2017 Writer-in-Residence at Farmleigh House (Phoenix Park, Dublin) and is currently working on a new novel with the assistance of an Arts Council of Ireland Literature bursary. A collection of her stories (working title Shift) will be published by New Island in early 2017.

Mia has also worked as a professional theatre deviser, performer and playwright; her work in this discipline has toured across Ireland, the UK, and Europe.

Mia’s experience as a fiction mentor/facilitator includes working regularly one-to-one with emerging writers, facilitating groups at all levels of experience and teaching at postgraduate level. She was Fiction Mentor with Western New England in the spring semester of 2016.

Pearl Abraham

Pearl Abraham is the author of the novels The Romance Reader, Giving Up America, The Seventh Beggar, and American Taliban. The Seventh Beggar was a semi-finalist for the Koret International Award in Fiction. It was also excerpted in Harold Bloom’s Jesus and Yahweh. The Romance Reader was a best seller and finalist for Barnes & Noble’s “Discover Great New Writers” Award and a Literary Guild fea- tured book. It was also longlisted for the UK’s Orange Prize. Abraham’s short stories and essays have appeared in newspapers, literary quarterlies, and anthologies.

A graduate of New York University’s MFA program in Fiction, Abraham has taught at NYU and in the MFA Writing Programs at Sarah Lawrence College and The University of Houston. She is an Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing and Director of the MFA Program at Western New England University.

S for Sentence

Poets think in lines, prose writers in sentences; the best of both work from sound to sense, with an ear for the music in their compositions. S for Sentence celebrates lyricism in prose, the play and craft at work in the artful sentence. We post a sentence from a piece of literature, accompanied by comments from one of our visiting writers on the craft that shapes it, on what makes it great.