Since our MFA program began, our graduates have published an impressive number of books in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. During the past 20 years, our students have won major book publication and literary prizes, including the Barnard Women Writers Award, the Nelson Algren Award, The Drue Heinz Literature Prize, and the Whiting and Tufts Awards for emerging writers. In the last few years alone, they have won or been finalists for: fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; the 2008 Slapering Hol Press chapbook competition; the 2008 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction; Wordstock 10 Short Fiction competition; International Association of Business Communicators’ Award of Honor in News Writing and Feature Writing; the 2008 National Magazine Award; the 2008 National Poetry Series contest (judged by Yusef Komunyakaa); the 2007 Cleveland State University Poetry Center Open Competition; and the 2008 Fence/Motherwell prize.
Beyond book publication, our graduates have found many ways to create a literary life. They work for nonprofit literary organizations, host literary radio shows, review books, maintain literary blogs, teach outside the academy, and volunteer for literacy programs.
Check out our Living the Literary Life page containing notable alumni and thier accomplishments, as well as the Graduate Testimonials pages to learn more about all the ways in which our students have succeeded professionally.