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Spalding MFA Alumni Association Newsletter. July 2022 Issue

Welcome to the MFA Alumni Association's

New Director!

Welcome to our new MFA Alumni Association Director, Marjetta Geerling! Marjetta studied Writing for Children and Young Adults. After graduating in 2011, she served for many years as Assistant Director of the MFA Alumni Association before taking on the director role in May. She is the author of the Fur Haven Dog Park series (writing as Mara Wells) and a young adult novel. She is Associate Professor of English at Broward College in South Florida and has been an educator for more than twenty-five years.

Congratulations, Spring 2022 Graduates!

MFA Graduates

Susan Leigh Berlá

Kelly Cass Falzone

Michelle Tyrene Johnson

Samuel Krauss

Lynette Marie Lamp

Robert L. Larsen

Elizabeth Hall Magill

Quincy Gray McMichael

Angela D. Ray

Leslie Santamaria

MAW Graduates

Richard Childers

Courtney Hill Gulbro

Lisa Hockstein

Suzanne Craig Robertson

Mason B. Rummel

Kylie Ayn Yockey

Opportunities Coming Up


Aug. 28: Proposals are due for our first Distinguished Visiting Alumni lecture. This fall’s focus: Writing for Children & YA. $500 honorarium.


Sept. 7: Deadline to register for our first Business of Writing Seminars, which take place virtually on Sept. 10. Topics include queries and synopses, book proposals, media interviews, and campus content!

Also: Watch your email for SpaldingCon news from Karen in a couple of weeks!


Oct. 1: Deadline to register for Writing at the Brown writers’ retreat, Nov. 12-18 at (you guessed it!) the Brown. 

Write together

Join one (or more!) of our weekly “Write with Me” sessions:

Sundays, 6-9 p.m. ET, hosted by Chella Courington

Click above, or go to and enter meeting ID: 824 5106 4561 and Passcode 123123

Tuesdays, 7 p.m. ET (30-60 minutes), hosted by Jill Cox-Cordova

Click above, or go to and enter meeting ID: 857 5953 0130 and Passcode: 112233

Thursdays, 11 a.m. ET (around 75 minutes), hosted by Terry Price. Terry begins each session with an inspirational thought.

Click above, or go to and enter meeting ID 869 3383 4598 and Passcode: 542428

Alumni News

The most recent Life of a Writer is up on the Good River Review blog.

Send your Life of a Writer news. Next deadline is Aug.15, but you can submit anytime!

2022 gifts

Our thanks to the following donors for their generous support:


Cindy L. Brady (F '13)

Christina Lee Brown

Kathleen Driskell, Chair

Elizabeth Dallmann (CNF '06)

Kelly C. Falzone (P '22)

Catherine Foy (F '13)

Kimberly Freeman

Marjetta Geerling (W4CYA '11)

Karen George (F '09)

Linda Ginter-Brown (F '19)

Carroll D. Grossman (CNF '21)

Elizabeth Hall-Magill (F '22)

Lora J. Hilty (F '12)

Angela Jackson-Brown (F '09), faculty 

Bonnie Omer Johnson (F '04)

Hilary Kretchmer (F)

Claudia Labin (F '07)

Nana Lampton (P ’04)

Jody Lisberger, retired faculty

Carol Zack Logan

Karen Mann, Co-founder and Administrative Director

Tori Murden McClure (CNF '05, President of Spalding University) and Mac McClure

Diana McQuady (F '14)

Precious McKenzie (W4CYA '20)

Amanda Michael

Marilyn Moss (CNF ’09)

Mary Lou Northern (F '11)

Angela Ray (P '22)

H. L. Ritchey

Diane Sweeney (F '07)

Dan and Joy White

Dr. Elizabeth Winston (P '15)

Kylie Yockey (F/P '22)

Katy Yocom, Associate Director (F ’03) 

Honor a favorite writer

Consider making a gift in honor of a favorite mentor, a fellow student who traveled through the program at your side, or a friend or family member who believed in you.

Scholarship referrals

The $2,000 Alumni Select Scholarship is for applicants you refer. Tell your friends to apply by August 1 for Fall.

Know an interested writer? Send them the link to our virtual Open House for prospective students on Tuesday, July 19, at 3 p.m. ET / noon PT!

A Spalding lift

Please update your website with our new name, the Sena Jeter Naslund-Karen Mann Graduate School of Writing (or, for short, the Naslund-Mann Graduate School of Writing). Thanks for linking to us!

Please use our new name in your bio as well!

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