Grass Roots Books and Music, 227 SW Second St., Corvallis, will host a new series featuring new Masters of Fine Arts writers beginning Friday, June 2, at 7 p.m.

The MFA Emerging Writers Series is a platform for recent or soon-to-be graduates to share new poetry and prose. The first event will feature Danya Bush, Tavia Mendez, Nazifa Islam and Randy Magnuson.

Bush is a fiction writer from Park City, Utah, and holds an MFA from UMass Boston. Her story, "Speaking Out of Each Other's Mouths," is from her thesis, "Hating Rituals," and navigates three generations of women and their relationships with men.

Mendez earned an MFA from Eastern Oregon University in creative writing in June 2016. Her story "When the Streets Were Flooded with White Mist" was part of her MFA thesis, and follows a young woman as she deals with deep-seated fears.

Islam grew up in in Novi, Michigan. Her poetry collection "Searching for a Pulse" was published by Whitepoint Press in 2013.

Magnuson is an MFA student and writing instructor at Oregon State University, but has spent most of his life in the Midwest. Magnuson most often writes about small Midwestern towns, strange occurrences and foster siblings.

For more information, call Grass Roots Books and Music at 541-754-7668.

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