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Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi is praised as "political speculative fiction at its finest" in a starred review by Publishers Weekly.

Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls: A Memoir by T Kira Madden MFA ‘12 has been nominated for the 2019 John Leonard Prize for Best First Book by the National Book Critics Circle.

An excerpt from Stephen O’Connor’s novel-in-progress is in the current issue of Harper's.

Myla Goldberg is a finalist for the 2019 National Book Critics Circle Awards for ther novel, Feast Your Eyes.

Afaa Weaver is the recipient of the 2019 Art and Literature Medal from the Chinese Writers’ and Artists’ Association.

Tina Chang’s new collection, Hybrida, was named one of the Best Books of 2019 by Publisher's Weekly in the category of poetry along with Ilya Kaminsky, Jericho Brown, Brenda Shaughnessy, and the late Jane Mead.

David Ryan has two new published stories: “Double Blind” at SmokeLong Quarterly and “Heirloom” at the Kenyon Review.

Appendix Project by Kate Zambreno received a starred review in Publisher's Weekly. Stories from Screen Tests: Stories and Essays, which will be published by Harper Perennial in July, will be included in the Spring issue of Paris Review.

“With the Birth of My Son, I Stopped Hiding” by Tina Chang is featured on The New York Times Modern Love Column.

Improvement by Joan Silber '67 has been listed among The New York Times' 100 Notable Books of 2018.

Carol Zoref, the director of the Writing Center, has won the Ribalow Prize for her novel Barren Island.

“A Feeling Artist” by Lincoln Michel is now available in the winter 2018 issue of The Paris Review.

“Black Box” by David Ryan is now available on Conjunction’s online magazine.

Mary LaChapelle's "Saab Story" was listed in The Best American Short Stories 2018 under "Other Distinguished Stories of 2017."

“The Tomb of Wrestling” by Jo Ann Beard appears in the O. Henry Prize Stories 2018.

Kathleen Hill’s memoir, She Read to Us in the Late Afternoons, has just come out in paperback. It has received a Nautilus Book Award.

Tina Chang’s forthcoming poetry collection, Hybrida, will be published by W.W. Norton in May 2019. Her writing has been published recently in PEN’s Mythology Issue, the Academy of American Poet’s Poem-A-Day series,  anthologized in Brian Turner’s The Kiss anthology among other anthologies, and New York magazine. Her work will also be appearing in the NYC transit system as part of the Poetry-in-Motion series co-sponsored by the Poetry Society of America.

Barren Island by Carol Zoref has been shortlisted for the 2018 Harold U. Ribalow Book Prize.

Melissa Febos MFA ’08 was awarded the inaugural Jeanne Córdova Prize for Lesbian/Queer Nonfiction from Lambda Literary.

David Ryan’s story "Black Sun" has been published in Juked. His forthcoming work includes "The Stag Beetles" in Bellevue Literary Review and "Black Box" in Conjunctions.

Recent work by Kate Zambreno includes “Introductions by Kate Zambreno—A collaboration between B. Ingrid Olson and Kate Zambreno” in Bomb Magazine, “Accumulations (Appendix F)” in The White Review, and “Stills/Faces” in Affidavit.

Carolyn Ferrell’s story, “A History of China,” was chosen by editors Roxane Gay and Heidi Pitlor for inclusion in the Best American Short Stories 2018.

Joan Silber ’67 won the 2018 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award for her novel, Improvement.

“Mozart’s Final Hour” by D. Nurkse was published in the February 2018 issue of The New Yorker.

Recycle is a collaboration between Sarah Gerard and writer/collage artist Amy Gall. The book features 42 original collages bookending an in-depth "collaged" conversation and is available for preorder through Pacific.

sam sax is a recipient of the Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University.

Gateway to the Moon by Mary Morris was released in April 2018.

Monica Youn was named a finalist for the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for her collection, Blackacre.

Barren Island by Carol Zoref was awarded the Goldberg Prize for Debut Fiction in the National Jewish Book Awards.

Marie Howe has been appointed a Chancellor to the Academy of American Poets.

The essay “Stick Control” by Jacob Slichter appeared in a recent issue of the online journal 1966.

Love in the Last Days by D. Nurkse was published in Fall 2017.

Poet Matthea Harvey was awarded a fellowship from the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Foundation in the category of creative arts for 2017.

Kevin Pilkington's collection, Where You Want to Be: New and Selected Poems, was a 2017 IPPY Award Medalist in Poetry.

David Hollander MFA '97 published a short story, Ghostwritten, on The Collagist.

David Ryan’s latest book, Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano: Bookmarked, has been published by Ig Publishing.

Nicole Dennis-Benn MFA ’12 was featured in TimeOut’s Get to know immigrants who are putting their stamps on NYC.

Monica Youn was recently awarded the William Carlos Williams Award by the Poetry Society of America.  

D. Nurkse has current poetry in a number of journals, including “Midwinter” in Ploughshares, “The School of Loneliness” in Kenyon Review, and “Poetry Recital,” “Half-Finished Houses,” and “Narva” in The Manhattan Review.

Monica Youn was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry.

Leigh Newman recently had a story featured in The New York Times' Modern Love podcast

Blackacre by Monica Youn was longlisted for the 2017 PEN Open Book Award.

Tina Chang and Nicole Dennis-Benn MFA '12 shared their thoughts on the 2016 election in Art in the Wake of Trump.

Stephen O’Connor’s Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings was featured as a 2016 notable work of fiction by The Washington Post.

The Washington Post named Monica Youn’s Blackacre one 2016's best poetry collections.

Serendipity, the podcast by Ann Heppermann, was named in New York magazine's list of "20 Great Podcasts."

"Rise Up" by Martha Southgate was published in The American Scholar.

"The Birth of a Nation" by Vinson Cunningham was published in The New Yorker.

Monica Youn has been longlisted for the National Book Award for her collection, Blackacre (Graywolf Press).

Nelly Reifler's story, History Lesson, is available as an audiobook thanks to McSweeney’s and Audible.

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

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