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Please Welcome Our Newest Reading Committee Members

Here at Carve, we like to think of ourselves as a little community. We all have different roles and devote our time and efforts to the things we do best. Today our community is expanding with the addition of two new “resident” readers on our reading committee: Dana Gerard and Mason Hickman.

Both have been reading for us as guest readers since the fall last year and we’ve been so impressed with their comments and insight that we’ve offered them a permanent place on the reading team. This means they get a fancy picture and bio to go on our staff page!

You, dear readers, are a part of our community too, which is why we like to take the time to introduce you to them. Below you can get to know a little more about them and the kind of fiction they like. There’s a good chance that if you received comments on your story when hearing back from us, they came from either Mason or Dana.

Mason earned his B.A. in German Studies at University of North Texas and his M.A. in German Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He’s a fan of dystopian themes and magical realism. He likes stories that challenge form, genre, and identity.

His interest in German began when he was an exchange student for a year in Berlin when he was 16 years old. He’s recently left academia to embark on a career in the healing arts and business. He co-manages a spa in downtown Austin and has a private massage practice. He greatly enjoys reading for Carve and his work as a massuese. As he puts it, “I want to fill my days with literature, massage, music, water, and nature.”

Dana indulges in reading and cooking with her husband in Dallas, Texas. She earned a BA in English and French Literature from Tulane University and most recently became a chef. She loves stories that take her on a journey, real or imagined. Most days she is working on a collection of short stories infused with recipes or baking banana bread in the kitchen.

She has served on the committee of the Highland Park Literary Festival and also founded the Zale-Kimmerling Writer-In-Residence program in 1985. Her passion and love for literature cannot be understated!

Please join us in welcoming Dana and Mason, our newest residents of our Reading Committee!