Virginia “Ginny” Rachel, West Virginia Wesleyan College’s 2017-2018 McKinney Fellow, will present a reading of original creative nonfiction on Monday, March 26 at 4:30 p.m. in the Greek Alumni Room of the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts. The event is free and open to the public.
Rachel is a 2015 graduate of Wesleyan’s Master in Fine Arts (MFA) Program and was awarded the Irene McKinney Postgraduate Teaching Fellowship in spring of 2017. A Princeton native, Rachel earned her bachelor’s degree from Concord College in 2001. She taught two Composition II courses as well as Introduction to Literature during her fellowship.
About Rachel’s prose, fiction writer Carter Sickels has said, “Ginny is productive and imaginative, and I can feel the buzzing of her mind—trying to find the right structure, to dig into the narrative. Ginny can be quite deft with her prose, and I admire her descriptive skills and specificity.”
The Irene McKinney Postgraduate Teaching Fellowship is available to all graduates of the West Virginia Wesleyan College Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Program for up to three years after graduation. This Fellowship honors the founding director of the MFA Program by offering a graduate of the program the opportunity to gain teaching experience in close mentorship with practiced faculty. The fellow teaches six undergraduate courses during the academic year and offers a literary reading on campus in the spring.