In the News

Just a few of the recent news items about our program, faculty, students, and alumni.

Rankings, As Such

Ranking creative writing programs is a fraught enterprise because we're all so different. But here's one site that tries to quantify its results based on alumni publications in several annual "Best of" anthologies. Our strong alumni pub record stacks up quite well.

Micheline Aharonian Marcom

The UVA Creative Writing Program is delighted to announce the appointment of Micheline Aharonian Marcom to our faculty. Marcom is the author of six books, including a trilogy about genocide and its aftermath (in Armenian Turkey and Guatemala), two novels (so far) in a “domestic” trilogy about intimacies among women and men, an illuminated fabulist book of dreams, and, soon to appear, a novel chronicling the lives of young migrants from Latin America. She is the founder and creative director of The New American Story Project, a digital and public-arts project telling the stories of immigrants and refugees. Her honors include prestigious Whiting, Lannan, and PEN/USA awards. She will be an exceptionally inspiring colleague and teacher, and all of us in Creative Writing are excited to welcome her.

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2018 Henfield Prize

Anna Beecher is the winner of our 2018 Henfield Prize, an annual award for the best short story by our MFA students, funded through the generosity of the McCrindle Foundation. See this UVA Today article for more.

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Rita Dove, Editor

Faculty member Rita Dove is now the poetry editor of the New York Times Book Review. See this UVA Today article for more.

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Dave Lucas Named Ohio Poet Laureate

Governor John R. Kasich has named Dave Lucas, MFA '04 (poetry), as Ohio’s poet laureate. We think that's an MFA Program alumni first. See this news article for more.

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