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Save the Dates: Readings in the 2019 to 2020 Academic Year

Jun. 19, 2018—All readings at 7pm unless otherwise noted. Fall readings will be held in Buttrick Hall, Room 101 Sign up for the mailing list for the most up-to-date information.

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“Why Lorrie Moore Writes” in The New Republic

Jun. 19, 2018—  Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English Lorrie Moore, the author of three novels and four collections of short stories, published a new collection of essays and reviews this April from Penguin Random House. The collection, See What Can Be Done, is Moore’s first book of nonfiction. Click here to read the article.

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MFA student Sophia Stid wins Nimrod Magazine’s 2017 Francine Ringold Award for New Writers

Nov. 15, 2017—Sophia Stid, a second-year MFA student, won the 2017 Francine Ringold Award for New Writers in poetry from Nimrod Magazine.  The Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers honor the work of writers at the beginning of their careers.  Sophia’s work will appear in an forthcoming issue of Nimrod.

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“The Future of Reading” discussion with Martin Seay led by Samuel Rutter

Nov. 13, 2017—                  On October 17, Vanderbilt’s Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries hosted Martin Seay, author of The Mirror Thief, for a reading of his work and a discussion on “The Future of Reading.” The discussion was led by Samuel Rutter, a second-year MFA student in fiction.        

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I Wore My Blackest Hair, Carlina Duan’s debut poetry collection

Nov. 6, 2017—Carlina Duan’s debut poetry collection, I Wore My Blackest Hair, was released on November 14. Duan is currently a first-year student in the MFA program. Her poems can be found in Tinderbox Poetry Journal, The Margins, HEArt Journal, Bodega, and elsewhere.

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Anders Carlson-Wee, MFA ’15, wins Poetry International prize

Nov. 1, 2017—Congratulations to poet Anders Carlson-Wee, MFA ’15 and winner of the 2017 Poetry International prize! The magazine will feature Anders’s poem “Cutting For Sign,” from his collection, The Low Passions, forthcoming from W. W. Norton & Company in 2019. Anders Carlson-Wee has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the McKnight Foundation, the Camargo Foundation, The Frost Place, Bread...

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Lee Conell, MFA ’15, wins Story Prize Spotlight Award

Oct. 30, 2017—Lee Conell’s debut story collection, Subcortical, has won the 2017 Story Prize Spotlight Award, awarded each year to “a collection of exceptional merit.” Subcortical is available now from John Hopkins University Press. Conell’s short fiction appears in the Chicago Tribune, Kenyon Review online, Guernica, The Collagist, Glimmer Train, and elsewhere. She has received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts...

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New poetry collection by Lisa Dordal, MFA ’11, published on January 31

Oct. 30, 2017—Lisa Dordal’s first full-length collection of poetry, Mosaic of the Dark, is now available from Black Lawrence Press (2018). Dordal graduated from the MFA program in 2011 and is currently a lecturer in the English Department.

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New poetry collection by MFA Graduate Edgar Kunz

Oct. 23, 2017—Edgar Kunz‘s first collection of poems, Tap Out, will be published in early 2019 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Edgar graduated from the MFA program in 2015 and went from Vanderbilt to Stanford as a Stegner Fellow in Poetry. In 2017, he received a NEA Creative Writing Fellowship. He lives in Oakland, California, and teaches in the low residency MFA program...

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MFA graduate Tiana Clark published in The New Yorker

Oct. 6, 2017—Listen to Tiana Clark’s poem amazing poem “Nashville,” selected for publication in The New Yorker.                 

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