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Creative Writing Alumni

Our alumni, both graduate and undergraduate, have published more than a dozen books of poetry and fiction. In the past few years, their creative work has graced the pages of major literary venues such as the Atlantic Monthly and the Paris Review. Distinguished graduates including:

  • Melissa Range was awarded a 2013 fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society to research abolitionism for her poetry. Dr. Range won the Walt McDonald Prize First Book Prize at Texas Tech University Press for her poetry book, Horse and Rider, 2010.  She also won the 2007 “Discovery/The Nation Award” and the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award.  Her poetry has appeared in the Hudson Review, the Georgia ReviewImage, the Paris Review, and Poetry London, among others. After UT, she received her MFA from Old Dominion and then her doctorate in Theology from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Recently, she was awarded her PhD in English/Creative Writing from University of Missouri.
  • Josh Robbins’ collection of poetry,  Praise Nothing,  was published by University of Arkansas Press in 2013. Robbins has received  the James Wright Poetry Award, the New South Prize, selection for The Best New Poets anthology, and multiple Pushcart Prize nominations.
  • Adam Prince’s collection of stories, The Beautiful Wishes of Ugly Men, was published by Black Lawrence Press in 2012.  Adam is serving as Tichner Fellow at the GilmanSchool in Baltimore.  His award-winning fiction has appeared in The Missouri Review, The Southern Review, and Narrative Magazine, among others. In 2011, Narrative Magazine named him one of the best twenty new writers. His story “A. Roolette? A. Roolette?” won First Place in Narrative‘s Winter 2010 Story Contest
  • Bobby Caudle Rogers won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize at University of Pittsburgh Press with his book of poems, Paper Anniversary.  He is director of Creative Writing and Writer-in-Residence at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.
  • Khaled Mattawa is the author of four books of poetry, Tocqueville (2010), Amorisco (Ausable Press, 2008), Zodiac of Echoes (Ausable Press, 2003) and Ismailia Eclipse (Sheep Meadow Press, 1996). He has translated seven books of contemporary Arabic poetry by Saadi Youssef, Fadhil Al-Azzawi, Hatif Janabi, Maram Al-Massri, Joumana Haddad, and Iman Mersal; and he has co-edited two anthologies of Arab-American literature. Mattawa has been awarded the PEN award for literary translation, a Guggenheim fellowship, the Alfred Hodder fellowship from Princeton University, an NEA translation grant, and three Pushcart prizes. His poems have appeared in Poetry, the Kenyon ReviewAntioch ReviewBest American Poetry, and many other journals and anthologies. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Michigan.
  • Charlotte Pence’s book, The Poetics of American Song Lyrics was published by University of Mississippi Press in 2011.  Her chapbook The Branches, The Axe, The Missing, came out in 2012 from Black Lawrence Press.  Black Lawrence will also publish her first full-length book of poems, Spike, in 2014.  Charlotte will be an Assistant Professor of English at Eastern Illinois University in Fall 2013.
  • Jessie Janeshek’s book of poems is Invisible Mink, from Iris Press, 2010.  After receiving her Ph.D. from University of Tennessee, she served as Visiting Writer at Bethany College in West Virginia, and she is now Assistant Professor of English at Bethany College.
  • Kristi Maxwell received her M.F.A. from University of Arizona and her Ph.D. from University of Cincinnati.  Her books of poetry include Re- (New Series), 2011; Hush Sessions, 2009; Realm Sixty-Four, 2008.  Her chapbook Elsewhere & Wise was published by Dancing Girl Press
  • John Talbird received his B.A. and M.A. at the University of Tennessee, and his Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska. Recent appears or is forthcoming in the Jabberwock Review, Wascana Review, New Orphic Review, and the anthology Literature Across Cultures to name some. He is a frequent book reviewer for Quarterly Review of Film and Video and was a writer-in-residence at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council from 2007-2008.  John teaches film and literature at Queensborough, CUNY.
  • Dale Bailey has published two novels, The Fallen (Signet) and House of Bones (Signet) and a collection of short fiction, The Resurrection Man’s Legacy & Other Stories (Golden Gryphon). He teaches writing and literature at Lenoir-Rhyne College.
  • Lisa Coffman is the author of Likely: Poems, winner of the Wick Prize for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in the Beloit Poetry Journal, the Southern Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, The Drunken Boat, and the Cincinnati Review.
  • For his first collection of short stories, Self-Titled Debut, Andrew Farkas won the 2008 Subito Press Prize for Experimental Fiction. His work has appeared in Northwest Review, New Orleans Review, Whiskey Island and Brooklyn Rail, among many other places.
  • Juliana Gray is the author of a collection of poetry called The Man Under My Skin (River City Press, 2005) and of the chapbook History in Bones (Kent State University Press, 2001. Her poems have been published in a variety of literary journals and anthologies, including Yalobusha Review, Sundog, Poetry East, The Formalist, The Louisville Review, Stories From the Blue Moon Café Volume III, and The Alumni Grill 2. She teaches at Auburn University and in the Sewanee Young Writer’s Workshop.
  • Karen Head is the author of the poetry collections, Sassing (WordTech Editions, 2009), My Paris Year (All Nations Press, 2009), which won the 2008 Editor’s Choice Award for Excellence in Poetry, and Shadow Boxes: Poems and Prose Poems (All Nations Press, 2003). Her poems have appeared in places such as the Southeast Review and New Millennium Writings. She teaches at Georgia Tech University.
  • Brad Vice’s short story collection, The Bear Bryant Funeral Train, was the Winner of the 2005 Flannery O’Connor Prize for Fiction and was reprinted by River City Press in 2007. His stories have appeared in many magazines, journals and anthologies, including the Atlantic Monthly, the Georgia Review, the Southern Review, New Stories From the South and Best New American Voices. Vice has also published articles and interviews in publications such as Writers’ Digest, the Novel and Short Story Writers’ Market, and the Guide to Literary Agents. His fiction reviews have been published in a number of magazines and newspapers.
  • M.O. Walsh is the Winner of the 2009 Tartt Fiction Award. The Prospect of Magic was published in 2010 by Livingston Press. His fiction has appeared in places such as Best New American Voices, Epoch, and Oxford American.

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