Alumni News & Publications


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                        Garth Risk Hallberg
Garth Risk Hallberg
Garth Risk Hallberg's debut novel, City on Fire, was published in October by Knopf.

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                        Robin Coste Lewis
Robin Coste Lewis
Robin Coste Lewis's collection of poems, Voyage of the Sable Venus, was awarded the 2015 National Book Award.

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                        Ada Limón
Ada Limón
Ada Limón's collection of poems, Bright Dead Things, was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award.

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                        Gregory Pardlo
Gregory Pardlo
Gregory Pardlo's poetry collection Digest has been awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize.

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                        Ocean Vuong
Ocean Vuong
Ocean Vuong's first full-length collection, Night Sky With Exit Wounds, has been released by Copper Canyon Press. He also was the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship.

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                        Monica Sok
Monica Sok
Monica Sok has been awarded a 2015 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship for Year Zero and will be the 2016-2018 Stadler Fellow at Bucknell University.

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                        Javier Zamora
Javier Zamora
Javier Zamora's debut poetry collection will be published by Copper Canyon Press. He was the recipient of a 2015 Poetry Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts and was awarded a 2016-2018 Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University.

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                        Boris Fishman
Boris Fishman
Boris Fishman's debut novel, A Replacement Life, was praised in June 2014 in the New York Times Book Review. His second novel, Don't Let My Baby Do Rodeo, was published in March 2016 and lauded by Cathleen Schine in the New York Times Book Review.

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                        Solmaz Sharif
Solmaz Sharif
Solmaz Sharif is the winner of a 2014 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship, and a Stegner Fellowship. Her debut poetry collection, LOOK, will be published by Graywolf Press in 2016.

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                        Kanishk Tharoor
Kanishk Tharoor
Kanishk Tharoor's debut collection of short fiction, Swimmer Among the Stars: Stories, will be published in India by Aleph Book Company (2016), in the UK/Commonwealth by Picador (2017), in France by Le Seuil, and in North America by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2017).

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                        Tyehimba Jess
Tyehimba Jess
Tyehimba Jess' new collection of poems, Olio, was published by Wave Books in April 2016.

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                        Julia Pierpont
Julia Pierpont
Julia Pierpont's debut novel is Among the Ten Thousand Things. It was published in July by Random House and has received glowing praise from The New York Times Book Review.

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                        Rebecca Dinerstein
Rebecca Dinerstein
Rebecca Dinerstein's debut novel, The Sunlit Night, was published in June 2015 by Bloomsbury.

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                        Charif Shanahan
Charif Shanahan
Charif Shanahan has been awarded the 2015 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award competition, for Into Each Room We Enter Without Knowing. The collection will be published by Southern Illinois University Press in Spring 2017. He has also been awarded a 2016-2018 Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University.

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                        Sarah LaBrie
Sarah LaBrie
Sarah LaBrie co-wrote the libretto for Hopscotch, an experimental pop-up opera for the Industry Opera company in Los Angeles. The project was the subject of features in The New Yorker, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, and others.

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                        Ben Purkert
Ben Purkert
Ben Purkert's debut collection will be published in March 2018 by Four Way Books.

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                        Paula Bohince
Paula Bohince
Paula Bohince's third collection of poems, Swallows and Waves, will be published in January 2016 by Sarabande books.

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                        Emily Jungmin Yoon
Emily Jungmin Yoon
Emily Jungmin Yoon is the poetry winner of the 2015 Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest, for her two poems entitled "An Ordinary Misfortune." Her winning work will appear in the Winter 2015-2016 issue of Ploughshares.

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                        James Byrne
James Byrne
James Byrne's poetry collection, White Coins, was published in the UK by Arc in March 2015.

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                        Julia Lisella
Julia Lisella
Julia Lisella's newest collection of poems, Always, was published by WordTech editions in 2014.

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                        Bianca Stone
Bianca Stone
Bianca Stone's poetry collection Someone Else's Wedding Vows was published by Tin House/Octopus Books in 2014.

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                        Morgan Parker
Morgan Parker
Morgan Parker's first collection of poems, Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night, was chosen by Eileen Myles for publication in April 2015 by Switchback Books. Her second poetry manuscript has also been accepted for publication in 2016 by Coconut Books.

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                        Richard Tayson
Richard Tayson
Richard Tayson has been awarded a Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) in Non-Fiction Literature.

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                        Yoojin Grace Wuertz
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
Yoojin Grace Wuertz's novel,Frog Pond, Shark Pond recently sold to Random House.

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                        Maya Catherine Popa
Maya Catherine Popa
Maya Catherine Popa received second place in Narrative Magazine's sixth annual poetry contest.

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                        J. Scott Brownlee
J. Scott Brownlee
J. Scott Brownlee's chapbook Highway or Belief was selected by Rachel McKibbens as the winner of the 2013 Button Poetry Prize. Ascension won the 2014 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize from Texas Review Press and will be published in May 2015. Requiem for Used Ignition Cap, his first full-length poetry collection, was selected by C. Dale Young as the winner of the 2015 Orison Poetry Prize and will be published in November 2015.

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                        Rachel Basch
Rachel Basch
Rachel Basch published her third novel, The Listener, from Pegasus Books in March 2015.

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                        Tsipi Keller
Tsipi Keller
Tsipi Keller's forthcoming translations include a selected volume of Raquel Chalfi's poems, Reality Crumbs (SUNY Press), and a selected volume of Erez Bitton's poems, You Who Cross My Path (BOA Editions). Both will be published in 2015.

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                        Monica McClure
Monica McClure
Monica McClure's poetry collection, Tender Data, was published by Birds, LLC in 2015.

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                        Julie Buntin
Julie Buntin
Julie Buntin's debut novel, Marlena, sold to Henry Holt/Macmillan, and rights in Germany, Italy, Holland, and Brazil.

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                        Cathy Linh Che
Cathy Linh Che
Cathy Linh Che won the 2012 Kundiman Poetry Prize; her first book, Split, was published by Alice James Books in 2014.

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                        Dinika M. Amaral
Dinika M. Amaral
Dinika M. Amaral's story "No Good Deed Unpunished" appeared in the Iowa Review in January 2015 and has been selected for the Tim McGinnis Award.

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                        Scott Bailey
Scott Bailey
Scott Bailey's debut collection of poems, Thus Spake Gigolo, is now available, published by NYQ Books.

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                        Lizzie Harris
Lizzie Harris
Lizzie Harris's debut poetry collection, Stop Wanting, won the Cleveland State University Press Poetry Prize and appeared in Spring 2014.

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                        Sara Wallace
Sara Wallace
Sara Wallace's poetry collection The Rival won the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize and was published by University of Utah Press in 2015. Her chapbook Edge won the Center for Book Arts Poetry Chapbook Competition and was published in 2014.

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                        Jacob Appel
Jacob Appel
Jacob Appel's story collection, Scouting for the Reaper, won the Hudson Prize and was published in February 2014 by Black Lawrence Press.

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                        Amanda Jane McConnon
Amanda Jane McConnon
Amanda Jane McConnon's poem "Life on Earth" was selected by Dorianne Laux for inclusion in Best New Poets 2014.

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                        R.A Villanueva
R.A Villanueva
R. A. Villanueva's first book of poems, Reliquaria won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize and appeared in Fall 2014.

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                        Sarah Holland-Batt
Sarah Holland-Batt
Sarah Holland-Batt's second collection of poems, The Hazards, was published in June 2015 by University of Queensland Press in Australia. A full-length Spanish translation is forthcoming from Vaso Roto in Spain and Latin America in 2016.

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                        Louisa Ermelino
Louisa Ermelino
Louise Ermelino is the author of the novels Joey Dee Gets Wise, The Black Madonna, and The Sisters Mallone (Simon & Schuster). Her newest book is forthcoming in August 2016.