Student & Alumni Achievements


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Jonathan Vatner MFA '11 discusses his first book, Carnegie Hill, in an interview with Authorlink Magazine.

“elegy with two degrees of separation”​ by current student KT Herr was selected as a finalist for the 2019 Frontier OPEN Prize

New work by Arriel Vinson MFA ’19 includes “What Majorette Dancing Taught Me About Desire and Divorce” in Shondaland, “After Divorce at Twenty-Four, Lizzo Taught Me to Love Myself Again” in Catapult, and “For the gone Black boys” in BOOTH.

"The Lists" by current student Barbara Lock received an honorable mention in the 2020 Great American Fiction Contest Anthology by The Saturday Evening Post.

Fantasy fiction novel The Other Side Chronicles - The Impending War by current student Chinmay Rastogi is now available on Amazon.

“Elegy for My Elegies to Trans Girls’ Bodies” and “Golden Signs While Her Sister Gives Up Her Tail” by Brennan Bogert have been published in issue 29 of Anomaly.

"Expecting Him" by Natalie Gerich Brabson​ MFA '19 is available online in the Fall 2019 issue of Cleaver Literary Magazine.

The poem "Long Way Home" by current student Shuang Ang is the winner of Epiphany’s 2019 Breakout 8 contest.

ECLIPSED, a memoir essay by Jessamyn Hope MFA ’03, appears in the current issue of The Common.

“Happy Father’s Day Mom”, by Moncho Alvarado MFA ’17 appears in Breadcrumbs Mag.

THE SINK, a short story by Jessamyn Hope MFA ’03, appears in the current issue of J Journal.

Nusrat Hossain MFA ’18 was awarded a Center for Fiction Emerging Writer Fellowship for 2019.

“Sestina for The Girl in The Horror Movie” and “Fallingwater Outside the Met” by current student Brynn Bogert are available in the current issue of Cathexis Northwest Press.

7 Steps to a Successful Apology,” a short story by Jessamyn Hope MFA ’03, appears in the current issue of The Hopkins Review.

The essay “Self-Contained” by Tania Pabon MFA ’17 is available on Cosmonauts Avenue.

Sit How You Want by Robin Richardson MFA ‘12 has been published by Vehicule Press.

Will Vincent’s MFA ’13 latest chapbook is Wildfires I-XVI.

An interview with current student Greer Veon and Angie Kim, author of the debut novel Miracle Creek, is available on Elle.

“Powerlessness” by current student KT Herr is available on SWWIM.

Joy Enough by Sarah McColl MFA '16 is hailed as a “stunning new memoir” by The New York Times.

The essay “A Heathen’s Love Affair With Churches” by Elizabeth Bergstrom has been published in Catapult.

"Wild Bikini" by current student Bonnie Lykes appears in the New Orleans Review.

Not For Nothing by Kathy Curto '89 and MFA '12 has made the SPD Bestseller List for October-December 2018.

The essay “Dear Family” by Kate Schmier MFA ‘12 was selected for NPR's annual "Hanukkah Lights" broadcast. It was read by veteran NPR journalists Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz and aired by stations across the country.

She-Giant in the Land of Here-We-Go-Again by Kristina Bicher MFA ‘15 is due out in fall 2019 from Mad Hat Press.

“Strange Angel” by current student Bonnie Lykes is available online in the October 2018 issue of Blue Stem Magazine.

An excerpt of current student Asim Khan’s novel will be published by Townsend in January.

“My Father’s Toe” by Sean Mills MFA ’99 will be published in the Fall 2018 issue of the Virginia Quarterly Review, both online and in the print magazine.

Kristina Bicher MFA ’15 interviewed Jaclyn Gilbert MFA ’15 on her debut novel Late Air on The Rumpus.

Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl MFA ’16, has received a glowing starred review from Booklist: “Written with enough beauty to stop clocks ticking and hearts beating...McColl's resonant first book is resplendent with love, and the hope she finds in discovering that her unfathomable grief also carved a space for more profound joy.”

Margin Notes is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by Leah Johnson MFA ‘18 that takes conversations about craft and process with diverse writers out of the margins. The podcast is launching in spring 2019. In the meantime, follow them on Twitter @MarginNotesPod to stay posted on all of the updates from Margin Notes authors and sneak peaks of our upcoming episodes.

Two poems by Hilary Scheppers MFA ‘17 will be published in Parabola Magazine as honorable mentions for the Thomas Merton Prize in Poetry of the Sacred Contest. The winter issue will be on newsstands November 1st. This is her first print publication.

“If You Ever” by Laura Winther Galaviz MFA ‘06 is a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2018.

“The Summer of Men and Mama” by Sarah Cody MFA ‘17 has been accepted by Pembroke Magazine and will appear in Issue 51 in early spring 2019.

Not For Nothing by Kathy Curto '89 and MFA '12 is forthcoming in December 2018. This is her first book.

"My Job as Chief Listener," by Jonina Wood MFA ‘14, was published in the North American Review .

Katie Rainey MFA '14 is the winner of the 2018 Montana Award for Fiction from the Whitefish Review. Rainey will receive a $1,000 award for her story “Sunny Homo,” which will be published in Whitefish Review's 22nd issue, The Stories We Tell.

"Ode to a Prince," a story by Jonina Wood MFA ‘14, was published in the North American Review in its Summer 2018 edition.

Marcia Bradley MFA ‘17 was awarded a week at the Community of Writers in Squaw Valley and will have an upcoming residency at Ragdale outside of Chicago.

Moncho Alvarado MFA ‘17 is a winner of the 2018 Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Fellowship. They have also been awarded a residency at the Vermont Studio Center.

“Violence Often Hides,” by current student Bonnie Lykes, appears in JONAH Magazine. Her story, “Developing World,” appears in the summer edition of The Coachella Review.

Sreshtha Sen MFA ’17 has been named a visiting fellow at the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute at UNLV for the literary center’s 2018-19 season.

Current student Corinne Santiago is the recipient of the John B. Santoianni Award from the Academy of American Poets for her poem “Ode to my Thighs.” (May 2018)

Motherless, but Growing Toward the Light by current student Colter Jackson is featured in Modern Love in The New York Times. (May 2018)

Current student Leah Johnson was selected as a fellow for the 2018 Kimbilio Retreat.

“Woman, Man, Tepoztlán” by Kristina Bicher MFA ’15 has been published in Plume.

Trouble the Water, the first novel by Jackie Friedland MFA ’16, was released in May 2018.

Moncho Alvarado MFA ’17 has been named a 2018 Poets House Fellow.

“Eleven Autumn Hymns,” a short story by Mark Benedict MFA ’13, is featured in the spring 2018 edition of Menacing Hedge. Included with the text is an audio recording of the story, performed by the author and Alicia Schaeffer MFA ’15.

Christine Quattro’s (MFA ’17) recent publications include Jack and Russell and Boy in Breadcrumbs Magazine. Other work includes Witness, a personal essay in Bridge Eight Magazine, and Don't Stop Me Now, a personal essay in New Limestone Review.

Almost Entirely, a new collection from Jennifer Wallace MFA ’98, is available from Paraclete Press.

Outside Myself is Kristen Witucki’s (MFA ’08) newest novel.

Jo Hopper, Woman in the Sun by Sarah McColl MFA ’16 is now available in The Paris Review.

Current student Leah Johnson’s How Young Adult Literature Taught Me to Love Like a White Girl appears in Electric Lit.

Severance, the fourth poetry collection by Robert Fanning MFA ’97, is forthcoming in 2019.

The debut chapbook Awst Collection—Dennis Norris II by Dennis Norris II MFA ’15 is now available from Awst Press.

Mahreen Sohail MFA ’13 is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize for her story “Basic Training.” The story appears in the 2018 edition of Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses.

My Mother’s Secret Ballot by Rachel Parsons MFA ’17 is available on Guernica.

She Turns the Final Page by current student Kevin Lankes appears in Pigeon Pages.

Kristina Bicher MFA ’15 has a translation of “The Viking” in The Harvard Review. Tupelo Quarterly published translations of three untitled poems by Marie Lundquist. Her poem, “How to Get Divorced,” is available on Plume.

Dead Horse by Niina Pollari MFA ’08 is available on Birds LLC.

Aditi Rao MFA ’11 won the 2015 Muse India-Satish Verma Young Writer Award and the 2011 Srinavas Rayaprol Poetry Prize. She was also longlisted for the 2012 Toto Funds the Arts Award for Creative Writing in English.

A Short on Rob's Life by current student Kevin Lankes was published by Owl Hollow Press in the short fiction anthology, Pick Your Poison. His flash story, Donation to the Void of Matter, was published by Here Comes Everyone.

Saudades Tuas/I Miss You by Barbara Duarte Esgalhado MFA ’14 was released by Finishing Line Press.

Gary Peter MFA ’96 won the 2016 New Rivers Press Many Voices Project competition in prose for Oranges, his collection of short fiction. His manuscript will be published in fall 2018.

Patrick Rosal MFA ’99 is the winner of the 2017 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and has been named a 2018 NEA Literature Creative Writing Fellow.

What to Do About the Solomons by Bethany Ball MFA ’13 has received a glowing review from The New York Times.

Suhasini Yeeda MFA ’15 recently had a short story, Dream State, appear in Madcap Review. The story has since been nominated for the Pushcart Prize XLI.

Traci Brimhall's (MFA ’08) new book, Saudade, was released from Copper Canyon Press in Fall 2017.

Leonard Lopate of WNYC interviewed John Freeman Gill MFA ’95 about his recently released novel, The Gargoyle Hunters.

A College Rejection Meltdown in 5 Emails by current student Alexandra Fields has been published by NPR affiliate Cognoscenti.

Robert Fanning MFA ’97 has a new collection of poems entitled Our Sudden Museum.

“Amazing Opportunities for Female Writers of Creative Nonfiction for whom Traditional Employment is Anathema” by Sarah McColl MFA ’16 was published in McSweeney’s.

Forthcoming poetry by Kristina Bicher MFA ’15 includes “Let’s Talk About Suicide" in Ploughshares, “Cuba (1993)” and “Neighbor Girl to Mrs. G” in Hayden’s Ferry, “How to Get Divorced” in Plume, and “Portrait of My Grandmother” in Unsplendid.

Amy Laprade's (MFA ’15) novel, So Nice to Finally Meet You..., has been published by Human Error Press.

(Untitled) by current student Tania Pabon will be published in the Winter/Spring 2017 issue of Green Briar Review.

A Separate Dream: Faith, Family, and Knowing When to Let Go by Amy Beth Wright MFA ’12 has been published in Catapult Magazine.

The poetry collection Bread from a Stranger’s Oven by Janlori Goldman MFA ’09 is forthcoming from White Pine Press.

Gillian Cumming’s (MFA ’09) My Dim Aviary was released in November 2016.

The poetry chapbook My Bedside Radio by Anthony Cappo MFA ’12 has been published by Deadly Chaps Press.

Maya Pindyck’s (MFA ’06) Emoticoncert is available through Four Way Books.

Brynn Saito’s (MFA ’08) Power Made Us Swoon has been published by Red Hen Press.

The articles “Love Song Full of Holes” and “In New York” by Kristina Bicher MFA ’15 were published in Narrative. Her recent work includes “House by the Road,” which appears in Bellingham Review. Her forthcoming work includes “Knife” and Morning Prayer” in the upcoming issue of Barrow Street and “Missing” in Painted Bride Quarterly. She was also a finalist in a postcard poem context by The Field Office for her work, “Postcard from Mars.”

The story How Sad, How Lovely by Sarah McColl MFA ’16 was selected as a winner for StoryQuarterly’s Nonfiction Prize.

The Gargoyle Hunters by John Freeman Gill MFA ’95 was released in 2017.

Current student Erica Cardwell’s double jointed essays Samson and Delilah are now available in simultaneous queer lit print! Samson—on black hair, mental health, and coming out is included in the first LAMBDA anthology, EMERGE. Delilah—on black lesbian performance and queerness, is also available. It can be found in the Sinister Wisdom issue, Variations.

Nicole Dennis-Benn MFA ’12 discussed her debut novel, Here Comes the Sun, which received a glowing review from The New York Times.

“I have three cats, but don’t call me a crazy cat lady” by current student Samantha Rosen was published in The Washington Post.

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

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

Sharon Siegel’s (MFA ’15) short story, Stranger in the Snow, was recently published in Pomplemousse Literary Review. 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.