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MFA Visiting Writers

Ryan MacDonald

Ryan MacDonald is the author of the story collection The Observable Characteristics of Organisms (FC2) and the winner of the 2012 American Short(er) Fiction Award. He has worked in sound, text, video, and dramaturgy with several contemporary dance choreographers. He was nominated for a 2017 Bessie Award in "Outstanding Composition and Sound Design.” MacDonald has an MFA in Studio Art and an MFA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He lives and works in southern Maine. 

Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen is a prolific children’s book author with more than 370 published books to her name. Her books and stories and poems have won the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, three World Fantasy Awards, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, two Golden Kite Awards, the Jewish Book Award, and the Massachusetts Center for the Book award. She has also won the World Fantasy Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Science Fiction Writers of America’s Grand Master Award, and the Science Fiction Poetry Associations Grand Master Award (the three together she calls the Trifecta). Plus she has won both the Association of Jewish Libraries Award and the Catholic Libraries Medal as well as so the DuGrummond Medal and the Kerlan Award, and the Ann Izard story-telling award at least three times.

Yolen earned her B.A. from Smith College and a master’s degree in education from the University of Massachusetts. She currently resides in southern Massachusetts.