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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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“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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Lorrie Moore publishes new book of nonfiction

Mar. 29, 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 coming on April 3, from Penguin Random House. The collection, See What Can Be Done, is Moore’s first book of nonfiction. Moore has received several honors for her work,...

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Alum Matthew Baker publishes collection, signs film deal with Netflix

Feb. 22, 2018—Hybrid Creatures, a new story collection by Matthew Baker, MFA ’12, came out on February 19 from LSU Press. Less than a week later, Baker signed a lucrative deal with Netflix and director Matt Reeves to produce his short story “Life Sentence” as a film. Matthew Baker is author of the story collection Hybrid Creatures and the...

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Tiana Clark, MFA ’17, wins Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize

Feb. 21, 2018—MFA graduate Tiana Clark has won the 2017 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize for her forthcoming debut poetry collection I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood (Fall 2018, University of Pittsburgh Press). The prize is awarded to one first full-length collection of poems each year. Tiana Clark is the author of Equilibrium, selected by Afaa...

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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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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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