Kelly McMasters is the author of Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town. The book was listed as one of Oprah's top 5 summer memoirs and is the basis for the documentary film The Atomic States of America, a 2012 Sundance selection. Her essays, reviews, and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post Magazine, River Teeth: A Journal of Narrative Nonfiction, Newsday, Time Out New York, and MrBellersNeighborhood.com. Kelly is the recipient of a Pushcart nomination and an Orion Book Award nomination. She teaches in the undergraduate writing program and journalism graduate school at Columbia University.
Kelly McMasters's Courses
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