MFA Spring 2016 Readings

One of the best parts about living in a city like Chicago is the abundance of things to do on any given evening. One of the worst parts about living in a city like Chicago is trying to choose which activity to partake in.

Let me make that decision easy for you by announcing Roosevelt University’s Spring Reading Series schedule, featuring award-winning authors you’ll likely regret missing. All readings are scheduled to take place on the seventh floor of the Gage Building at 18 S. Michigan Ave and there will be books available for purchase by each author.


Gina Frangello, Roosevelt’s own visiting writer, will read on Monday, Feb. 29 at 5 p.m. Frangello’s literary experience includes both editing and writing, with three works of fiction under her belt and another novel due to be released this coming fall. Her last novel, A Life in Men, was selected for the Target Emerging Author’s Series and was optioned by Universal Cable Productions/Denver & Delilah for film adaptation.

To read some of Frangello’s work, please visit:


Ottessa Moshfegh’s reading takes place on March 21 at 5 p.m. Moshfegh is the author of two award-winning and nominated novels, Eileen and McGlue. Her short stories and essays have been published in multiple magazines and journals, including the New Yorker and Paris Review, for which she was awarded the Plimpton Prize, a monetary award given to “new writers of exceptional merit” (The Paris Review).

Read one of Moshfegh’s Plimpton Prize-winning pieces here:


The third Gage reading will feature author Tom Williams on Monday, April 18 at 5 p.m. The multi-talented writer has a novel called Don’t Start Me Talkin’, a novella titled The Mimic’s Own Voice, and the collection of short stories Among the Wild Mulattos, which NPR named one of the best books of 2015. They went on to say that Williams has “a fiercely original voice” and that he is not an author to watch, but someone we should have been paying attention to this whole time.

See more of what NPR had to say about Williams at:


Roosevelt’s Reading Series will come to a close with the annual Graduate Reading on Monday, May 2 at 5 p.m. Graduating MFA student Nicholas Smith will read with alumnus Mark Magoon. Magoon’s work has been published in The Nervous Breakdown, Blue Fifth Review, Ghost Ocean Magazine, among many others. He recently published a book with ELJ Publications titled The Upper Peninsula Misses You.

To read an exerpt of Magoon’s book, please visit:


About Oyez Review

Oyez Review is the literary magazine of the Creative Writing Program at Roosevelt University. It is published annually. Issue 45 out May 2018.
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