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MFA in Writing News

Dave MaddenDave Madden has joined the MFA Program as a full-time nonfiction instructor.

Bich (Beth) Minh NguyenBich (Beth) Minh Nguyen has joined the MFA Progam as a full-time fiction and nonfiction instructor.

Thomas Sayers EllisPoet Thomas Sayers Ellis has joined the MFA Program as a writer-in-residence for 2013-14. In 2014 poet Bruce Snider will be joining us.
Bruce Snider


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Stephen Beachy's novel, boneyard, published by Verse Chorus Press in 2011, was listed by the Huffington Post as one of 11 Fall Books You Need To Know About.

Catherine Brady’s short story collection, The Mechanics of Falling, won the 2010 Northern California Book Award for Fiction. Story Logic and the Craft of Fiction was published by Palgrave Macmillian in 2011.

Lewis Buzbee’s The Haunting of Charles Dickens was nominated for an Edgar Award for the best mystery novel for young readers and chosen as a Judy Lopez Memorial Honor Book by the Women’s National Book Association. It also won the 2011 Northern California Book Award for Children’s Literature. His new novel, Bridge of Time, was published by Feiwel and Friends in 2012.

Norma Cole's To Be At Music: Essays & Talks was published by Omnidawn in 2010. A Woman with Several Lives by Jean Davie, translated by Cole, was published by La Presse in 2012. Her new book of poems, Win These Posters and Other Unrelated Prizes Inside, was published by Omnidawn in 2012.

Joshua Mohr's new novel, Fight Song, was published by Counterpoint/Soft Skull in 2013.

D.A. Powell's new book of poems, Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys, published by Graywolf Press in 2012, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry.

Nina Schuyler's new novel, The Translator, was published by Pegasus Books in 2013.

K.M. Soehnlein’s novel Robin and Ruby was published by Kensington in 2011. Robin and Ruby and his novel, The World of Normal Boys, were acquired by Taiwanese publisher Soul Mate for translation into Chinese language editions.

Susan Steinberg is the 2010 United States Artists Ziporyn Fellow in Literature. Her new collection of short stories, Spectacle, was published by Graywolf Press in 2013. Spectacle was featured on Oprah's 2013 Summer Reading List and is a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize.


Jane Porter's (94') novel, The Good Woman was published by Penquin in 2012.

Amy Novesky's (96') book Me, Frida was awarded the 2011 FOCAL Award from the Friends of Children and Literature at the Central Los Angeles Public Library.

Fran Moreland Johns's ('00) book, Perilous Times: An Inside Look at Abortion before-and-after Roe v Wade was published by YBK Publishers in 2013.

Ken Rodgers' ('00) documentary film, Bravo! Common Men, Uncommon Valor (a story of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Marines during he Vietnam War), was released in 2012.

George Dohrmann's (’06), Play Their Hearts Out: A Coach, His Star Recruit, and the Youth Basketball Machine, won the $5,000 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing for a nonfiction book on the subject of sports published in 2010.

Jen Larsen's ('06) book, Stranger Here: How Weight Loss Surgery Transformed My Body and Messed With My Head was published by Seal Press in 2013. Larsen was also interviewed about her book on MSNBC.

Craig Santos Perez (’06) received the 2011 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Poetry for his second book of poetry, from unincorporated territory [saina], published by Omnidawn. His first book, from unincorporated territory [hacha] won the 2010 Poets & Writers California Writer’s Exchange Award. Perez was chosen to represent Guam at Poetry Parnassus, a weeklong festival during the London 2012 Olympics.

Lindsay Tam Holland's ('07) book, The Counterfeit Family Tree of Vee Crawford-Wong was published by Simon & Schuster in 2013.

Nick Krieger’s (’07) memoir, Nina Here Nor There: My Journey Beyond Gender, was published by Beacon Press in 2011.

Jess Kroll's ('07) novel, Land of Smiles, was published by Monsoon Books in 2013.

Thomas Peele's ('07) book, Killing the Messenger: A Story of Radical Faith, Racism's Backlash, and the Assasination of a Journalist, was published by Random House in 2012. Peele was recently reviewed for his new book on KQED by Michael Krasney.

Anne Ryles ('08) was named a finalist for the 2013 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction.

Harbeer Sandhu (’08) was awarded an Individual Artist Grant from the Houston Arts Alliance/City of Houston to draft a new novel. He was also awarded a garnt from the Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Program.

Maury Zeff (’08) was named a finalist for 2011 The American Fiction Prize, sponsored by New Rivers Press at Minnesota State University at Moorhead, for his story “The Beautiful Moment.”

Deborah Bloch's ('09) novel That Old Song and Dance was published by Barbarian Books in 2012.

Julie Anderson Love’s (’09) new book, Disrupted, was published by Cascade Books in 2011.

Chris Malcomb ('09) received a Pushcart Prize nomination for his essay "Learning to Breathe" published in Under the Sun in 2012.

Catherine Sharpe (’09) was named a finalist for the 2011 Montana Prize for Creative Nonfiction for her piece “One Thousand Kittens.”

C. Adán Cabrera (’10) was selected as a 2011 Lambda Literary Fellow.

Chris Carosi’s (’11) first chapbook of poems, bright veil, was published by New Fraktur Press in 2011.

Ganga Dharmappa ('11) received an Honorable Mention from Glimmer Train's 2011 Short Story Award for New Writers for her story "Sage Advice."

Alex Rieser's (’12) first chapbook of poems, Emancipator, was published by New Fraktur Press in 2011.

Aaron Francis ('13) won the 2013 AWP Intro/Journals award for his story "Megan's Home."