Q&A with Recent MFA Writing Alums

Virtual Online

Open to the public

/ Wednesday


Join the MFA Writing program for an opportunity to speak with recent MFA Writing alums Erica Cardwell MFA ‘16, Sarah McColl MFA ‘16, and Sreshtha Sen MFA ‘17. Register here. 

Erica Cardwell is a New Yorker currently based in Toronto. She centers Black feminist theory as her primary critical approach, and often writes about print and paper-making practices, archival media, visual culture, and interdisciplinary performance. Erica is deeply fascinated with the imaginations of people of color, as a tool for social, spiritual, and collective movement. Erica’s debut collection of essays, Wrong Is Not My Name, will be published by The Feminist Press in 2023. Erica's writing has appeared or is forthcoming for BOMB, The Believer, Brooklyn Rail, CULTURED, Artsy, frieze, Hyperallergic, C Mag, Art in America and other publications. In 2020, her memoir was named a finalist for the 2020 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. Erica has been awarded residencies and fellowships from Lambda Literary, Vermont Studio Center, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and Queer Art Mentorship. Erica received her MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. www.erica-cardwell.com

Sarah McColl is the author of the critically acclaimed debut memoir, Joy Enough (Liveright/W.W. Norton & Company, 2019), and Lost Art, a Substack newsletter about the creative work of (mostly) dead women. Her essays have appeared in The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, and StoryQuarterly, which nominated her essay on singer-songwriter Connie Converse for a Pushcart Prize. She’s the recipient of fellowship awards from the Millay Colony, Ucross, Vermont Studio Center, and MacDowell, where she was named the 2017 Mary Carswell Fellow. She lives in Northern California. 

Sreshtha Sen is a poet from Delhi and one of the founding editors of The Shoreline Review, an online journal for & by south Asian poets. They studied Literatures in English from Delhi University and completed their MFA at Sarah Lawrence College, New York. Their work can be found published or forthcoming in Apogee, bitch media, BOAAT, Hyperallergic, Hyphen Magazine, The Margins, Rumpus and elsewhere. She was the 2017-18 readings/workshops fellow at Poets & Writers and currently teaches in Las Vegas where she’s finishing her PhD in poetry and is the assistant poetry editor at The Believer.