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Kelly McMasters

Kelly McMasters is a writer and memoirist whose book Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town (2008) is the basis for the documentary The Atomic States of America (2012), which was a select film at the Sundance Film Festival and was also chosen as one of Oprah’s top five summer books. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post Magazine, the Paris Review, Columbia Magazine, and Tin House, among others. Her work has been nominated for both a Pushcart Prize and an Orion Book Award. She currently teaches creative writing at Hofstra University and has also taught at Mediabistro, Franklin & Marshall College, and Columbia University. She is the co-editor of the anthology This is the Place: Women Writing about Home.

"Nuclear Reactions"

"Retreating to Memory with a Song"