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Book Release: Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson

Nov. 5, 2019—Kevin Wilson, BA ’00, has received enthusiastic reviews for his new novel, Nothing to See Here, released October 29, 2019 by Ecco Press, an imprint of HarperCollins. Read Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s review for the New York Times, and listen to Wilson’s interview with NPR’s Fresh Air. Wilson is the author of two collections, Tunneling to the Center of the Earth (Ecco/Harper Perennial,...

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Matthew Baker Named One of Variety’s “10 Storytellers to Watch”

Nov. 5, 2019—Matthew Baker, MFA ’12, has been named one of Variety’s “10 Storytellers to Watch” for his innovative fiction, which is slated to be developed for TV by Amazon and FX. Baker and nine other honorees were recognized at a celebration in New York City in September, cosponsored by Variety and IFP. Steven Gaydos, Variety‘s EVP Content and Executive Editor,...

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Words Are Windows: New Anthology Amplifies Immigrant and Refugee Voices

Nov. 1, 2019—Anna Silverstein, MFA ‘2016, has edited a new anthology, Words Are Windows—a collection of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by immigrant and refugee writers in the Nashville community. The anthology is a product of Silverstein’s workshop with The Porch, Nashville’s literary nonprofit, which has provided a creative space specifically for immigrant and refugee writers since 2016. The...

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Dailiness: Forthcoming Essay Collection by Mark Jarman

Oct. 16, 2019—Mark Jarman, Centennial Professor of English, has completed a new collection of essays. Dailiness: Essays on Poetry will be released by Paul Dry Books on February 18, 2020, and is available for preorder now. “In this wonderful collection of essays, Mark Jarman explores with wit and passion the practice of poetry―of making it, of reading it,...

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Cara Dees Selected for Best New Poets 2019

Oct. 7, 2019—Cara Dees’ poem “After Arriving Home from Church and Learning Our Dogs Were Shot, Their Bodies in the Fields” will be featured in Best New Poets 2019. Best New Poets is an annual anthology of fifty poems from emerging writers, chosen this year by Cate Marvin. Cara Dees is the author of the debut poetry collection, Exorcism Lessons...

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Book Release: Exorcism Lessons in the Heartland by Cara Dees

Oct. 7, 2019—Cara Dees, MFA ‘2014, has published a new book of poetry. Exorcism Lessons in the Heartland is the winner of the 2018 Barrow Street Poetry Prize, selected by Ada Limón. “Navigating a landscape of loss with language that is both lyrically charged and freshly brutal, Cara Dees has given us a first book that is unexpected...

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Matthew Baker and Anders Carlson-Wee in The Paris Review

Sep. 23, 2019—  The work of two Vanderbilt MFA alumni, Matthew Baker and Anders Carlson-Wee, can be found in the Fall 2019 issue of The Paris Review. The issue contains Baker’s story “Why Visit America,” and Carlson-Wee’s poems “Hired” and “Cora.”   Matthew Baker is author of the story collection Hybrid Creatures and the children’s novel Key Of X, originally published as If...

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Current MFA Jessica Lee in The New Yorker

Sep. 23, 2019—Jessica Lee’s poem “Lust Must Have Struck for the First Time” was featured in the September 2, 2019 issue of The New Yorker. Lee is currently a first-year candidate in the MFA program. Her poetry has also been featured in Missouri Review,  Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. Find her at readjessicalee.com.

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Two MFAs honored in 2019 Academy of American Poets Prize Contest

Apr. 20, 2019—Two current MFA students have been chosen by judge Cathy Park Hong in the 2019 Academy of American Poets Prize Contest at Vanderbilt.   Carlina Duan, M.F.A. ’19, was chosen as the the contest winner for her poem “Do You Have a Grammatically Correct Response to the Question?”           Maria Isabelle...

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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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