Meet Molly (& Reiny)
Short Bio: Molly is the founder of Lit Pub and the author of We Take Me Apart, which was a finalist for the Asian American Literary Award for Poetry and shortlisted for the PEN/Osterweil. The verse novel has been taught at Brown, Wesleyan, Cornell College, Queens College, CUNY, and other creative writing programs in the US. As of Halloween 2018, its sequel Desire: A Haunting is also available. Molly is a PhD candidate and Steffensen Cannon fellow at the University of Utah. Summers, she teaches at the Yale Writers' Workshop.
Long Bio: Born in South Korea, Molly was adopted and raised in Lorain, Ohio. Even as a child, she loved writing stories and made illustrated fiction chapbooks (without knowing what they were), often for extra credit. In junior high, her English teacher didn't believe she read Steinbeck's "The Pearl" in a single class period, and quizzed her. Satisfied, Mrs. Watson then began teaching Molly speed reading techniques after school, which she still uses today. After her freshman year of high school, Molly moved to Cincinnati, Ohio to attend the School for Creative and Performing Arts, where she graduated with a Creative Writing vocational degree. She then went to the University of Redlands, which was at that time one of the only private colleges offering a Creative Writing major. After her grandfather died, Molly moved back to Ohio to be closer to family. She transferred into the University of Cincinnati, and earned both a BA in English and an MA in Fiction, completing her thesis under the guidance of Michael Griffith. She moved to Philadelphia, PA, to teach GED classes in a halfway house and she also taught composition and literature courses at Widener University and at Widener Law. During this time, her first book, We Take Me Apart, was released. She then moved to Fairfax, VA and earned an MFA in Poetry at George Mason University, advised by Sally Keith. From there, Molly moved to Salt Lake City to begin the PhD program in Creative Writing at the University of Utah, where she is now a PhD candidate completing her dissertation and third book, Fit Into Me. An early draft-in-progress was shortlisted for the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize.