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American Academy of Arts and Letters
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Phillip B. Williams, visiting faculty member (Alice James Books, January 2016)
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PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers
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Claudia Rowe ’87 (Dey Street Books, January 2017)
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Arts and Letters Award in Literature
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Hannah Tennant-Moore MFA ’10 (Hogarth, February 2016)
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Whiting Award
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Luke Mogelson ’05 (Tim Duggan Books, April 2016)
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Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction
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Kaitlyn Greenidge, faculty member (Algonquin Books, March 2017)
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Whiting Award
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Safiya Sinclair ’10 (University of Nebraska Press, September 2016)
Master of Fine Arts in Writing faculty member Amy Hempel was elected into the American Academy of Arts and Letters for literature in May.
“[Williams] sings for the vanished, for the haunted, for the tortured, for the lost, for the place on the horizon where the little boat of the human body disappears in a wingdom of unending grace.” The Best American Poetry
Amber Caron MFA ’16 won a PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers for her story “The Handler,” which was originally published in Southwest Review.
“Her book exposes and implodes...façades.” People
Poetry Master of Fine Arts in Writing faculty member Kathleen Graber won the Arts and Letters Award in Literature from The American Academy of Arts and Letters.
“[An] astute, restless debut...The novel glows with the malaise of the Bush years.” The New Yorker
Master of Fine Arts in Writing faculty member Kaitlyn Greenidge won a Whiting Award for her debut novel, “We Love You, Charlie Freeman.” Whiting Foundation
“Mogelson gives a nuanced, empathetic look into lives irrevocably altered by conflicts.” The Nation
Lee Clay Johnson ’07 was honored with the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from The American Academy of Arts and Letters.
“Terrifically auspicious...Ms. Greenidge has charted an ambitious course for a book that begins so mock-innocently.” The New York Times
Visiting Master of Fine Arts in Writing faculty member Phillip B. Williams won a Whiting Award for his debut poetry collection, “Thief in the Interior.” Whiting Foundation
“Rich and mythic, heavy with the legacy of family and history, many of Safiya Sinclair’s poems are inspired by her childhood in Jamaica; a richness and density in the imagery conveys a lush beauty and danger...” 2016 Whiting Award Selection Committee