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Tupelo Hassman is the Office of Letters and Light's current office manager. She joined the OLL team in February 2010 after participating in NaNoWriMo since 2003 and assisting the shipping captain Bradford Earle in 2009. She has also served on the editorial board of the Young Writers Program editorial board since 2010.
Tupelo holds a BA in English--Creative Writing from the University of Southern California and an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. She currently teaches English composition long-distance in addition to working at OLL. Her work has been published in a number of literary journals, and her novel, girlchild, will be published in 2010.
Her name comes from the Van Morrison song "Tupelo Honey". Yes, she has seen Van Morrison play that song live.