Aurora Masum-Javed



Writing can be a terrifying, vulnerable act. Whether we’re investigating our own lives or digging into the depths of a character, writing well requires risk. In this course, we will learn to get lost and to ask the hardest questions while in a community of trust and play. We’ll leave with a stack of new drafts and hopefully a deeper understanding of ourselves.

Aurora Masum-Javed is a poet and educator. A former public school teacher, she received her MFA from Cornell University where she also served as a lecturer. Her work can be found in various journals including Aster(ix), Black Warrior Review, Nimrod, Winter Tangerine, and Frontier. She has received fellowships from places such as the MacDowell Colony, Millay Arts, Caldera Arts, Vermont Studio Center, Storyknife, and Kundiman, among others. A recent Philip Roth Resident and Hub City Writer in Residence, she is now living in Minnesota where she is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Macalester College.