Brian Turner and Joe McGee were guest hosts in a special evening edition of #LitChat at 9 pmET on April 11, 2016. Read the chatscript from their #LitChat session here.

Brian Turner and Joe McGee will inaugurate a series of special evening #LitChat sessions featuring the faculty of a new MFA program in writing for children and young adults at Sierra Nevada College. Designed by writers, for writers, Sierra Nevada’s low-residency MFA program boasts a faculty of noteworthy children’s and young adult authors.

Brian TurnerBrian Turner earned an MFA from the University of Oregon before serving for seven years in the US Army. He is a critically acclaimed and award-winning poet and author of  a memoir, My Life as a Foreign Country, and two collections of poetry: Here, Bullet (Alice James Books, 2005; Bloodaxe Books, 2007) and Phantom Noise (Alice James Books, 2010; Bloodaxe Books in October of 2010). His poetry and essays have been published in The New York Times, National Geographic, Poetry Daily, The Georgia Review, Virginia Quarterly Review and other journals. Turner was featured in the documentary film Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience, which was nominated for an Academy Award. His most recent book of poetry, Phantom Noise, was short-listed for the T.S. Eliot Prize in England. His work has appeared on National Public Radio, the BBC, Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Here and Now, and on Weekend America, among others.

Joe McGeeJoe McGee holds an MFA in writing for children and young adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and a Master of Arts in Writing from Rowan University. His fiction and poetry have been published in both print and online journals. He is author of the picture book, Peanut Butter and Brains (Abrams, 2015) and a follow-up to that book, Aliens and Jelly, is set for fall 2017. A third, untitled-as-yet, picture book is contracted with Abrams for Fall 2018. McGee brings to his work, and to the MFA program at Sierra Nevada, five years of teaching creative writing at the university level, to both graduate and undergraduate students. He lives in rural Pennsylvania.

In this special #LitChat #SierraNevadaMFA session, we’ll discuss with the authors why they’re passionate about formal creative writing education, what students can expect to learn, how MFA programs work, specifics about craft and techniques, and the benefits of a low residency MFA program. Participating authors will also discuss their own work and chat participants will be encouraged to ask writing- or publishing-related questions.

Chat sessions will begin at 9 p.m. E.T. and will be tagged with #LitChat. The sessions will run through the Nurph chat app at, while an additional #SierraNevadaMFA tag will be optional.

Follow Brian Turner on Twitter: @TurnerBriTurn3.

Follow Joe McGee in Twitter: @mcgeejp.

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