Carol Mitchell is a first year MFA student at George Mason. Her pre-Mason writing career has been focused on children’s books based in the Caribbean which give children engaging peek into the culture, history, and geography of the Caribbean. Her short stories for adult audiences have appeared in the Institute of Caribbean Studies; Akashic Books: Mondays are Murder series; and Poui: The Cave Hill Journal of Creative Writing; among other places. She blogs with several other authors at NovelSpaces and maintains her own blog.
Liesel Hamilton is the recipient of the 2017/2018 George Mason Thesis Fellowship and the 2017 Cheuse Center International Research Grant, with which she traveled to Germany to research about familial and cultural history and memory. She is the co-author of Wild South Carolina: A Field Guide to Parks, Preserves and Special Places, published through Hub City Press. Her work has also appeared in Fall Lines: a literary convergence, where she received the Broad River Prize for Prose, and the collaborative chapbook Poetry on the COMET.
Alina Moody is a senior Creative Writing major at GMU; she has a fiction concentration and a Multimedia minor. This is her first year working with the Merten Fellows and WITS Program, but she hopes to work with them further during her graduate studies.
Lillian Wright is a third year MFA Fiction candidate. She is a teaching assistant with WITS and a tutor.