Alumna Update: Gowri Koneswaran

English major and creative writing minor Gowri Koneswaran (class of 1997) writes:

I’ve been thinking about the folks in the English department a lot lately! For the past four years, I’ve been working down the street at The Humane Society of the United States. For some of my non-creative writing, check out this article I co-authored on meat, egg, and milk production and climate change.

Back in 1997, I graduated from GWU with a major in English and a minor in Creative Writing. David McAleavey was my advisor (and first creative writing professor) and I was also privileged to study with Cornelius Eady, Jane Shore, and Jody Bolz — as well as participate in the Lannan Fellows program with the Shakespeare Folger Library.

These days, I have been exploring the world of spoken word poetry. I’ve taken a couple of workshops with slam poet extraordinaire Regie Cabico of the arts and activism organization Sol y Soul and I regularly perform at open mics at Busboys & Poets, Bohemian Caverns, and Black Cat. I’ve also been collaborating with other poets on group pieces like this one that some friends and I performed at a show in July. I send my best wishes to the faculty, staff, and students in the department! You can connect with me at

We love to hear from our alumni. Thanks for writing, Gowri! … and we look forward to the day when we invite you back to celebrate publication of your first book of poetry.

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