Student, Faculty & Alumni Achievements


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Nicole Dennis-Benn MFA ’12 discusses her debut novel, Here Comes the Sun, in an interview with The New York Times.

Jane Lancellotti MFA '15 has received a Pushcart Prize for her essay, ”If You Can’t Say Anything Nice, Write a One-Star Review,” available here.

Jackie Mercurio MFA '15 recently had her essay, “I Hate Attending Religious Services” published in Woman’s Day, which can be read here. Another essay, “I Wear a T-Shirt Every Single Day—and I Don’t Care What You Think” was recently published in Good Housekeeping, which can be read here.

Sharon Siegel’s (MFA '15) short story, Stranger in the Snow, was recently published in Pomplemousse Literary Review. Read the story here. Her story Don’t Quiet Down Please is forthcoming in the June issue of The Writing Disorder.

My Journey Into the Woods: What Stephen Sondheim Taught Me About Conceiving a Child by current student Carly Rose Elson has been published on Electric Literature.

Congratulations to writing faculty member Nelly Reifler whose story History Lesson is available as an audiobook thanks to McSweeney’s and Audible. Click here to listen to a sample or to purchase the story.

Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings by writing faculty member Stephen O’Connor has received rave reviews from The Washington Post: “It’s heartbreaking. It’s cathartic. It’s utterly brilliant.”

Congratulations to writing faculty member James Hannaham for winning the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award.

Writing faculty member Mary Morris has won the 2016 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in fiction. This prize "recognizes books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human culture." Previous winners include Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, Toni Morrison, Nadine Gordimer, Junot Diaz, and, last year, Marlon James.

Maureen Pilkington Rossi’s (MFA ‘97) story, “A Song Like Aguanile” was published this March in Literary Mama.

Congratulations to Julia Strayer MFA ‘14, who has a number of upcoming publications! A revised short story from her thesis titled “A Marriage” appears in the March issue of the South Dakota Review. Her story “The Goldfish” will appear in Post Road this month, and in May her story “A Dog So Mean” will appear in the Mid-American Review. She also has a number of flash fiction forthcoming; her pieces“In the Shape of a Small Bird” and an essay on "Why I Write" (a revised piece originally written for Kathleen Hill’s class) will be published in Fiction Southeast in September, followed by her piece “Boy in a Boat” that will appear in the Journal of Compressed Creative Arts.

A profile of the poet Bob Holman by Kristina Bicher MFA '15 was published in The Columbia Journal.

The New York Times covered the inaugural Sarah Awards Ceremony, founded by writing faculty member Ann Heppermann. The Sarah Awards celebrate the best in audio fiction.

Guest writing faculty member James Hannaham is a finalist for the 2016 PEN/Faulkner award for his novel Delicious Foods.

Ross Gay MFA ‘98 has been awarded the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.

In an article for ESPN on the personal influence of black female athletes for Black History Month, Kamilah Aisha Moon MFA ’06 remembered Olympic track and field sprinter Wilma Rudolph.

Writing faculty Kevin Pilkington’s poetry collection, Where You Want to Be: New & Selected Poems was recently published by Black Lawrence Press.

Elissa Sussman’s (‘05) most recent YA novel Burn was released this January. For more information about Elissa’s writing, visit her website.

Cyntha Cruz’s (writing faculty) new collection How the End Begins (Four Way Books) is now available. Afaa Michael Weaver writes about the collection, “Cynthia Cruz continues to write the soul in its fullness and emptiness with markings that bring what is possible in seen and unseen worlds into a single line. She is the grand cartographer of that place in poetry where the beauty of imaginative truth sings itself real in tiny moments. How the End Begins is the experience of what makes us human."—Afaa Michael Weaver