Student, Faculty, and Alumni Achievements

Current MFA ​student Tory Provazza won third place in Story|Houston's Short Fiction and Non-Fiction Contest. Her story, “Confirmation,” will be featured in their upcoming online issue and published in their first chapbook. 

Marie Howe (Sarah Lawrence writing faculty) won the 2015 Academy of American Poets Fellowship, a prize that "​recognizes distinguished poetic achievement."

Mary La Chapelle (Sarah Lawrence writing faculty) has been awarded Salamander Magazine's 2015 prize for her story "Floating Garden."  

​A story by ​Julia Strayer (MFA '14​) is included in The Best Small Fictions, edited by Robert Olen Butler. 

Mary Morris (Sarah Lawrence writing faculty) has recently published the novel The Jazz Palace (Nan Talese Books). 

​"To Write," an essay by Karissa Chen (MFA '12), appears in The James Franco Review​. 

Alex Dimitrov’s (MFA ‘09) poem “Cocaine,” was published in The Adroit Journal

Current MFA student Erica Cardwell was awarded the 2015 Lambda Literary Foundation Fellowship. Erica was selected to attend the Emerging Writers Retreat at USC.

Jennifer Steil’s (MFA ‘96) recently published novel, The Ambassador’s Wife, is being adapted into a television series. 

Shasta Grant (MFA ‘05) won the 2015 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest. Grant’s story "Most Likely To," will appear in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue. 

Carol Zoref (Sarah Lawrence writing faculty) won the 2015 Associated Writing Programs Novel Award for her novel, Barren Island.

Brigitte Quinn (MFA ‘11) has published the novel Anchored (Curtis Brown).

Melissa Crowe (MFA ‘99) was named co-editor of the Beloit Poetry Journal.

Writing student Kristina Bicher was recently nominated for the Pushcart Prize by Crab Creek Review for her poem "Once a Girl,” which she wrote in Jeffrey McDaniel’s class last spring.

Pat Dunn (Sarah Lawrence alum and Assistant Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies) has a new book out—Rebels By Accident, a powerful coming-of-age story set on the brink of Egypt's January 25 Revolution in 2011.

Writing alum Richard Fifield's The Flood Girls is due out in Spring 2016 from Simon & Schuster. The novel is about a woman who returns to her tiny home town in Montana seeking redemption, and the friendship she finds with a 12-year-old boy who teaches her about self-acceptance and love.

Rachel Eliza Griffiths (Sarah Lawrence alum and writing faculty) has a new poetry collection, Lighting the Shadow, due out in April of 2015. The poetry collection is about a woman's journey through desire, grief, trauma, and the peculiar historical American psyche of desire and violence.

Sarah Lawrence alum Sophie McManus will soon be publishing her first novel, The Unfortunates, which is coming out next June from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Writing Program Director Brian Morton’s book Florence Gordon was selected as one of Maureen Corrigan’s Favorite Books of 2014. Read more.

Writing faculty member Stephen O'Connor has a novel forthcoming entitled Created Equal, which is about Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson. It will be published in early 2016 by Viking Penguin. Secondly, Stephen’s story “Next to Nothing” appeared in Best American Short Stories 2014

Kevin Pilkington (Sarah Lawrence writing faculty) recently had an interview with The Worcester Review in which he discussed being a poet & novelist as well as the Sarah Lawrence Writing program. Read more.

MFA alum Maya Pindyck’s article “Consistancy and Change, Humans In Their Environment: Needs and Tradeoffs” appears in the December issue of Teachers and Writers Magazine. Read more.

Sunday's On The Phone To Monday by Sarah Lawrence alum Christine Jessica Reilly is being published by Touchstone.

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