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Ryan Sinclair Shepherd

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing: Fiction

Jacqueline Hughes Simon

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing: Poetry

Hometown

Berkeley
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Angelina J. Strosahl

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing: Fiction

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Connor Robert McCaslin

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing: Fiction

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Courtney Metz

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing: Fiction

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Joseph Patterson

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction

Lizette Aurelia Roman-Johnston

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction

Hometown

Wilton, Connecticut

My Greatest Supporters

I'd like to thank the Saint Mary's MFA community. All my classmates, professors, and other faculty members have given me guidance, friendship, and support on my way to receiving my MFA. Thanks to my family at home in Connecticut: Momes, Diddy, Nickle, Ken, and Winnie. And thanks to my California family: Robert, Stompy, Nick, Julia, and everyone else who has made the Bay Area feel like home!

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

My favorite Saint Mary's memory was getting to meet up with my classmates at the Canyon Club after evening classes. On one evening, I got to be part of a reading and read a piece about Trader Joe's cauliflower crust pizza!

My Next Chapter

My next chapter is... my next chapter. I am ready to keep writing my memoir!

Clubs and Activities

MARY: A Journal of New Writing
Writing Circle Professor
Graduate Student Reading Committee
Graduate Assistant of SMC Softball Team

Favorite Quote

"Remember, licking doorknobs is illegal on other planets."
— Spongebob Squarepants
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Kathleen Theresa Herald

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing: Fiction

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Joe Imwalle

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing: Poetry

Marrion O. Johnson Jr.

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing: Fiction

Hometown

Chicago, IL

My Greatest Supporters

My parents, my siblings, my partner, my best friends, my colleagues, my beloved Black community.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

Finding the courage to publicly advocate for the centering of Black students, Black writing and Black professors at Saint Mary's during a time of a global racial reckoning.

My Next Chapter

Completing my first novel and sharing it with the world.