Bio.

Holly Mason Badra received her MFA in Poetry from George Mason University in 2017, where she served as the blog editor for So to Speak: An Intersectional Feminist Journal of Language and Art. Her poems, interviews, and reviews have appeared in various journals, such as: The Northern Virginia Review, The Adroit Journal, The Rumpus, SWWIM Everyday, Rabbit Catastrophe Review, Foothill Poetry Journal, The University of Arizona Poetry Center Blog, Bourgeon Online, Broad Strokes: The National Museum of Women in the Arts Blog, Outlook Springs, Entropy, and CALYX. She received a Bethesda Urban Partnership Poetry Prize selected by E. Ethelbert Miller. Collaborating with various local NOVA/DC artists, she has participated in multiple collaborative showcases from 2015-2021. As a Kurdish-American poet, she has been a featured reader at annual Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here events and participated in RAWIFest 2021, as well as other events related to Kurdish and Kurdish diaspora writing/writers. She was a reader and panelist for OutWrite (A Celebration of Queer Literature) in D.C. She has extensive experience as an educator, teaching elementary, middle, high school, and college English, Creative Writing, Humanities, and Literature courses. Holly currently lives in Northern Virginia, working as a Graduate Admissions Coordinator and Fiscal Manager for the George Mason University English Department, where she also Co-directs the Mason Writers In The Schools program and reads for Poetry Daily.