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Abdul Ali, Trouble Sleeping

Abdul Ali (MFA '15): Trouble Sleeping, New Issues 2015, winner of the 2014 New Issues Poetry Prize 

Sandra Beasley (MFA '05): Count the Waves, W. W. Norton & Co. 2015; I Was the Jukebox, W. W. Norton & Co. 2011; Theories of Falling, New Issues 2008 

Venus Trash (MFA '04): The Fateful Apple, Urban Poets and Lyricists 2014 

Cedric Tillman (MFA '04): Lilies of the Valley, Willow Books 2013 

Mark Cugini (MFA '11): I'm Just Happy to Be Here, Ink Press 2013 

Valzhyna Mort (MFA'11): Collected Body, Copper Canyon Press 2011

Paulette Beete (MFA '04): Voice Lessons, Plan B Press 2011; Blues for a Pretty Girl, Finishing Line Press 2005 

Derrick Weston Brown (MFA '04): Wisdom Teeth, PM Press 2011



Melissa Reddish: My Father is an Angry Storm Cloud, Tailwind Press 2015

Leslie Pietrzyk: This Angel on My Chest, University of Pittsburgh Press 2015, winner of the 2015 Drue Heinz Literature Prize

Jonathan Harper (MFA'10): Daydreamers, Lethe Press 2015, Kirkus Indie Books of the Month Selection for July 2015 

Richard Cytowic (MFA '11): "Your Brain on Screens," American Interest 2015;"The Night I Danced with Liberace," Los Angeles Review of Books 2013 

Andrew Gretes: How to Dispose of Dead Elephants, Sandstone Press 2014

Glen Finland, Next StopGlen Finland (MFA '06): Next Stop, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam 2012 

Sandra Beasley (MFA '05): Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales From an Allergic Life, Crown/Broadway Books 2012 

Heather McDonald (MFA '07): "How to Fix Everything," named Creative Nonfiction magazine's Best Food Essay and later named a Notable Essay for Best American Essays 2012 

Amy Stolls (MFA '00): The Ninth Wife, HarperCollins 2011 

Lisa Norris (MFA 'xx): Women Who Sleep With Animals, Austin University Press 2011, finalist for the Spokane Prize and winner of the Stephen F. Austin University Press Prize for fiction 

Carolyn Parkhurst (MFA '97): The Nobodies Album, Doubleday 2010; Cooking with Henry and Elliebelly, Feiwel & Friends 2010 

Sara Blaisdell (MFA '11): "Brothers From Another Planet," This American Life 2010 

Michelle Dove (MFA '10): "The Frost Queen of Louisa County," won the 2010 John Steinbeck Award from Reed magazine 

Nicholas Boggs (MFA'08): "James Baldwin, Uncollected," Fanzine 2010 

Jayanti Tamm (MFA '00): Cartwheels in a Sari: A Memoir of Growing Up Cult, Three Rivers Press 2010 


Appointments, Honors, and Awards 

Jenny Molberg won the 2014 Berkshire Prize for her debut collection of poems, Marvels of the Invisible (forthcoming, Tupelo Press). 

Tyler Christensen (MFA '14) was admitted to American Literature &Culture doctoral program in the Department of English at George Washington University. 

Chet'la Sebree the Stadler Fellow at Bucknell University for 2014-2015. She was a 2011-12 Folger Shakespeare Theater Lannan Fellow and worked for both Poet Lore and 491 Magazine. She was also a 2013 finalist for the Hub City Writers House Nine-Month Residency in South Carolina. 

Mark Cugini (MFA '11) founded the magazine Big Lucks and runs the popular DC reading series, Three Tents. 

Amy Stolls (MFA '00) was appointed literature director at National Endowment for the Arts. 

Greta Schuler (MFA '11) won the AWP "Program-Off Competition" for graduate students in April 2010. Her winning work, entitled "Fragile" appears in issue #39 of Creative Nonfiction.