Achievements

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Luis Martinez, CantoMundo 2014 Fellow

Luis Martinez After being lucky enough to win the Academy of American Poets Prize at USF, I took it as a sign of encouragement, since then I haven’t stopped working. At the end of my senior year, I was named one of ten undergraduate students in the country accepted to the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets, a 3-week poetry writing fellowship at Bucknell University, an incredible experience where I had the opportunity to work with one of my favorite poets, Jean Valentine. I almost cried. Just recently, I almost cried again as I was honored to be named a CantoMundo Fellow, a fellowship for Latino/a poets held at the University of Texas, at Austin. I couldn’t have accomplished any of that without the constant support and devotion of the faculty. I think a lot of people find their calling but don’t pursue it. They’re afraid to become themselves. I was. Professors at USF ensured I listened to my calling.

Professor Susan Steinberg

Susan Steinberg The USF English and MFA in Writing professor’s “Spectacle” was among five authors in the running in the Los Angeles Times Book Prize fiction category for 2013. O, The Oprah Magazine previously named Steinberg’s story collection to the magazine’s summer favorites list as well as the fall and winter recommended reading lists last year. Read more.

Recent Student Achievements

  • Caitlin Roach (2010) is in her first semester of the Master of Fine Arts program at the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
  • After earning degrees in both English and Japanese Studies at USF, Amanda Andonian (2008) completed a Masters Degree in East Asian Studies at Stanford. She is currently an Editor, Writer, and UX Designer at Business-Software.com.
  • Andrew DeFrancis (2008) studied English and Media Studies at USF before going on to earn a J.D. from the University of Southern California School of Law. He recently became counsel for Motion Picture Productions at Walt Disney.
  • Rebecca Miller (2009) is Director of Marketing at Trinity Ventures. She's also Vice President of Symphonix (the young professional league of the Symphony) and a council member of the SF MoMA's Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art (SECA).
  • Erin Schietinger (2005) studied English and Philosophy at USF and earned a J.D. from USF's Law School in 2008. She was recently named TMPG Legal Council for Kaiser Permanente.

Recent Faculty Achievements

  • Susan Steinberg's third short story collection, Spectacle, was selected for O, The Oprah Magazine’s favorite fall reading list in 2013.
  • Tracy Seeley's My Ruby Slippers: The Road Back to Kansas was named a Kansas Notable Book for 2012.
  • Ryan Van Meter was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in 2012 for his essay collection If You Knew Then What I Know Now.
  • Dean Rader's poem "Self Portrait as Dido to Aeneas" appears in Best American Poetry 2012.
  • Alan Heineman won the USF's prestigious Sarlo Prize in 2012. The Sarlo Prize recognizes excellence in teaching based on the ethical values at the core of USF's identity.