Alumni Awards

Alumni awards aren't everyting ... but they're a barometer of a program's vibrance. This page lists all known awards received by our MFA and BA alumni. Click on the "Show Just Recent Awards" button to see just recent records, or use the search boxes below to look up one of our alumni by name.

Awards

Alumni Award/Org Date/Book (if applicable)
Caitlin Kindervatter-Clark
(MFA-Fiction 2012)
Steinbeck Fellowship
The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies
2017-09-01 (News)
Fiction
Christa Romanosky
(MFA-Poetry 2011)
Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship
Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown
2017-09-01
Fiction
Michael Sears
(MFA-Fiction 2016)
Stegner Fellowship
Stanford University
2017-09-01
Fiction
Valencia Grice
(MFA-Poetry)
Cave Canem Fellowship
Cave Canem Foundation
2017-06-01
Poetry
Philip Jason
(MFA-Fiction)
Henfield Prize
McCrindle Foundation and the University of Virginia
2017-05-05
Fiction
Safiya Sinclair
(MFA-Poetry 2014)
Bocas Prize
NGC Bocas Lit Fest
2017-04-30 (News)
Cannibal
Safiya Sinclair
(MFA-Poetry 2014)
Addison M. Metcalf Award
American Academy of Arts and Letters
2017-04-06 (News)
Cannibal
Lee Johnson
(MFA-Fiction 2011)
Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction
American Academy of Arts and Letters
2017-04-06 (News)
Nitro Mountain
Gregory Jackson
(MFA-Fiction 2013)
5 Under 35 Award
The National Book Foundation
2016-11-14 (News)
Prodigals
Thomas Pierce
(MFA-Fiction 2013)
5 Under 35 Award
The National Book Foundation
2016-11-14 (News)
Hall of Small Mammals
Adam Giannelli
(MFA-Poetry 2005)
Iowa Poetry Prize
University of Iowa Press
2016-09-01 (News)
Tremulous Hinge
Joe Chapman
(MFA-Poetry 2008)
Best American Poetry
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
2016-09-01
Poetry
Laura Eve Engel
(BA-APPW 2007)
Best American Poetry
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
2016-09-01
Poetry
Lisa Russ Spaar
(MFA-Poetry 1982)
Pushcart Prize
Pushcart Press
2016-09-01
Poetry
Brittany Perham
(MFA-Poetry 2006)
Barnard Women Poets Prize
Banard College
2016-06-09 (News)
Double Portrait
Michael Sears
(MFA-Fiction 2016)
Henfield Prize
McCrindle Foundation and the University of Virginia
2016-05-30 (News)
Fiction
Adam Giannelli
(MFA-Poetry 2005)
Fulbright Fellowship
U.S. Department of State
2016-05-01
Poetry
Safiya Sinclair
(MFA-Poetry 2014)
Whiting Award
Whiting Award Foundation
2016-02-01 (News)
Poetry
Mark Wagenaar
(MFA-Poetry 2010)
Wisconsin Institute Fellow
Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing
2015-09-01
Poetry
Sjohnna McCray
(MFA-Poetry 1997)
Walt Whitman Award
American Academy of Poets
2015-09-01 (News)
Rapture
Onyinye Ihezukwu
(MFA-Fiction 2015)
Stegner Fellowship
Stanford University
2015-09-01
Fiction
Safiya Sinclair
(MFA-Poetry 2014)
Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship
Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown
2015-09-01
Poetry
Mary Ann Samyn
(MFA-Poetry 1996)
Pushcart Prize
Pushcart Press
2015-09-01
Poetry
Sandra Beasley
(BA-APPW 2002)
NEA Literature Fellowship, Creative Writing
National Endowment for the Humanities
2015-09-01
Poetry
Safiya Sinclair
(MFA-Poetry 2014)
Prairie Schooner Book Prize
University of Nebraska Press
2015-06-01 (News)
Cannibal
Emily Temple
(MFA-Fiction 2016)
Henfield Prize
McCrindle Foundation and the University of Virginia
2015-05-30 (News)
Fiction
Mary Beth Keane
(MFA-Fiction 2005)
Guggenheim Fellowship
John Simon Guggenheim Foundation
2015-05-01
Fiction
Samuel Taylor
(MFA-Poetry 2010)
Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship
Amy Lowell Estate
2014-09-01 (News)
Poetry
Brendan Mathews
(MFA-Fiction 2005)
Best American Short Stories
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
2014-09-01
Fiction
William Boast
(MFA-Fiction 2007)
Rome Fellowship in Literature
American Arts and Letters
2014-09-01 (News)
Fiction
Laura Eve Engel
(BA-APPW 2007)
Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship
Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown
2014-09-01
Poetry
Erika Meitner
(MFA-Poetry 2002)
Fulbright Fellowship
U.S. Department of State
2014-09-01
Poetry
Onyinye Ihezukwu
(MFA-Fiction 2015)
Henfield Prize
McCrindle Foundation and the University of Virginia
2014-05-30 (News)
Fiction
Alexis Schaitkin
(MFA-Fiction 2013)
Best American Nonrequired Reading
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
2013-09-01 (News)
Nonfiction
Gregory Jackson
(MFA-Fiction 2013)
Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship
Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown
2013-09-01
Fiction
Alison Penning
(MFA-Fiction 2014)
Henfield Prize
McCrindle Foundation and the University of Virginia
2013-05-30 (News)
Fiction
Taylor Antrim
(MFA-Fiction 2004)
Best American Short Stories
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
2012-09-01
Fiction
Austin Smith
(MFA-Poetry 2012)
Stegner Fellowship
Stanford University
2012-09-01
Fiction
Aja Gabel
(MFA-Fiction 2009)
Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship
Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown
2012-09-01
Fiction
Jennifer Chang
(MFA-Poetry 2002)
Best American Poetry
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
2012-09-01
Poetry
Erika Meitner
(MFA-Poetry 2002)
Emily Clark Balch Prize
Virginia Quarterly Review
2012-09-01
Poetry
Jonterri Gadson
(MFA-Poetry 2011)
Cave Canem Fellowship
Cave Canem Foundation
2012-06-01
Poetry
Gregory Jackson
(MFA-Fiction 2013)
Henfield Prize
McCrindle Foundation and the University of Virginia
2012-05-30 (News)
Fiction
William Boast
(MFA-Fiction 2007)
Iowa Short Fiction Award
University of Iowa Press
2011-09-01 (News)
Power Ballads
Laura Eve Engel
(BA-APPW 2007)
Wisconsin Institute Fellow
Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing
2011-09-01
Poetry
Mary Beth Keane
(MFA-Fiction 2005)
5 Under 35 Award
The National Book Foundation
2011-09-01 (News)
The Walking People
Erika Meitner
(MFA-Poetry 2002)
Best American Poetry
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
2011-09-01
Poetry
George David Clark
(MFA-Poetry 2009)
Olive B. O'Connor Fellowship
Colgate University
2011-09-01 (News)
Poetry
Austin Smith
(MFA-Poetry 2012)
Henfield Prize
McCrindle Foundation and the University of Virginia
2011-05-30 (News)
Fiction
Katherine Larson
(MFA-Poetry 2004)
Yale Younger Poets Prize
Yale University Press
2010-09-01 (News)
Radial Symmetry
Jasmine Bailey
(MFA-Poetry 2010)
Olive B. O'Connor Fellowship
Colgate University
2010-09-01 (News)
Poetry
Brendan Mathews
(MFA-Fiction 2005)
Best American Short Stories
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
2010-09-01
Fiction
Lydia Peele
(MFA-Fiction 2006)
5 Under 35 Award
The National Book Foundation
2010-05-01 (News)
Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing
Lydia Peele
(MFA-Fiction 2006)
Whiting Award
Whiting Award Foundation
2010-05-01
Fiction
Lydia Peele
(MFA-Fiction 2006)
Pushcart Prize
Pushcart Press
2009-09-01
Fiction
Brittany Perham
(MFA-Poetry 2006)
Stegner Fellowship
Stanford University
2009-09-01
Poetry
Erika Meitner
(MFA-Poetry 2002)
National Poetry Series Winner
National Poetry Series
2009-09-01
Ideal Cities
Charles McLeod
(MFA-Fiction 2005)
Pushcart Prize
Pushcart Press
2009-09-01
Fiction
Eleanor Henderson
(MFA-Fiction 2005)
Best American Short Stories
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
2009-09-01
Fiction
Sandra Beasley
(BA-APPW 2002)
Barnard Women Poets Prize
Banard College
2009-09-01 (News)
I Was the Jukebox
Lisa Russ Spaar
(MFA-Poetry 1982)
Guggenheim Fellowship
John Simon Guggenheim Foundation
2009-09-01
Poetry
Ravi Howard
(MFA-Fiction 2001)
NEA Literature Fellowship, Creative Writing
National Endowment for the Humanities
2008-09-01
Fiction
Chris Forhan
(MFA-Poetry 2003)
Pushcart Prize
Pushcart Press
2008-09-01
Poetry
Peter Kline
(MFA-Poetry 2006)
Stegner Fellowship
Stanford University
2008-09-01
Poetry
Lisa Russ Spaar
(MFA-Poetry 1982)
Library of Virginia Literary Award
Library of Virginia
2008-09-01
Satin Cash
Chris Forhan
(MFA-Poetry 2003)
Best American Poetry
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
2008-09-01
Poetry
Lydia Peele
(MFA-Fiction 2006)
Pushcart Prize
Pushcart Press
2008-09-01
Fiction
William Boast
(MFA-Fiction 2007)
Stegner Fellowship
Stanford University
2008-09-01
Fiction
Lisa Russ Spaar
(MFA-Poetry 1982)
Best American Poetry
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
2008-09-01
Poetry
Chris Forhan
(MFA-Poetry 2003)
NEA Literature Fellowship, Creative Writing
National Endowment for the Humanities
2007-06-01
Poetry
Lydia Peele
(MFA-Fiction 2006)
Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship
Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown
2006-09-01
Fiction
Charles McLeod
(MFA-Fiction 2005)
Steinbeck Fellowship
The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies
2006-09-01 (News)
Fiction
Jennifer Key
(MFA-Fiction 1999)
Wisconsin Institute Fellow
Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing
2006-09-01
Poetry
Lydia Peele
(MFA-Fiction 2006)
O. Henry Award
The O. Henry Prize Stories
2005-09-01
Fiction
Charles McLeod
(MFA-Fiction 2005)
Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship
Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown
2005-09-01
Fiction
Carrie Brown
(MFA-Fiction 1998)
NEA Literature Fellowship, Creative Writing
National Endowment for the Humanities
2004-09-01
Fiction
Edward Jones
(MFA-Fiction 1981)
Pulitzer Prize
Columbia University
2004-09-01
The Known World
Carrie Brown
(MFA-Fiction 1998)
Library of Virginia Literary Award
Library of Virginia
2004-09-01
Confinement
Aaron Baker
(MFA-Poetry 2002)
Stegner Fellowship
Stanford University
2003-09-01
Poetry
Valerie Brelinski
(MFA-Fiction 2002)
Stegner Fellowship
Stanford University
2003-09-01
Fiction
Ted Genoways
(MFA-Poetry 1999)
NEA Literature Fellowship, Creative Writing
National Endowment for the Humanities
2003-09-01
Poetry
Sharmila Voorakkara
(MFA-Poetry 2003)
Wisconsin Institute Fellow
Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing
2003-09-01
Poetry
Kyle Dargan
(BA-APPW 2002)
Cave Canem Poetry Prize
Cave Canem
2003-05-01 (News)
The Listening
Chris Forhan
(MFA-Poetry 2003)
Pushcart Prize
Pushcart Press
2002-09-01
Poetry
Carrie Brown
(MFA-Fiction 1998)
Library of Virginia Literary Award
Library of Virginia
2002-09-01
The Hatbox Baby
Erika Meitner
(MFA-Poetry 2002)
Wisconsin Institute Fellow
Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing
2001-09-01
Poetry
Larissa Szporluk
(MFA-Poetry 1994)
Iowa Poetry Prize
University of Iowa Press
2000-09-01 (News)
Isolato
Lara Glenum
(MFA-Poetry 2000)
Fulbright Fellowship
U.S. Department of State
2000-04-01
Poetry
Davis McCombs
(MFA-Poetry 1995)
Yale Younger Poets Prize
Yale University Press
1999-09-01 (News)
Ultima Thule
Carrie Brown
(MFA-Fiction 1998)
Discover Award
Barnes & Noble
1999-09-01
Rose's Garden
Larissa Szporluk
(MFA-Poetry 1994)
Barnard Women Poets Prize
Banard College
1997-06-09
Dark Sky Question
Davis McCombs
(MFA-Poetry 1995)
Stegner Fellowship
Stanford University
1996-09-01
Fiction
Michael Knight
(MFA-Fiction 1996)
Henfield Prize
McCrindle Foundation and the University of Virginia
1996-05-30
Fiction
Jonathan Loomis
(MFA 1993)
Wisconsin Institute Fellow
Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing
1995-09-01
Poetry
Reetika Vazirani
(MFA-Poetry 1995)
Barnard Women Poets Prize
Banard College
1995-06-09
White Elephants
Douglas Lawson
(MFA-Poetry 1995)
Henfield Prize
McCrindle Foundation and the University of Virginia
1995-05-30
Fiction
Lynn Hamilton
(MFA-Fiction 1995)
Henfield Prize
McCrindle Foundation and the University of Virginia
1995-05-30
Fiction
Sydney Blair
(MFA-Fiction 1986)
Library of Virginia Literary Award
Library of Virginia
1991-09-01
Buffalo
Mark Dewey
(MFA 1991)
Henfield Prize
McCrindle Foundation and the University of Virginia
1991-05-30
Fiction
Mari Hatta
(MFA-Poetry 1986)
Wisconsin Institute Fellow
Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing
1987-09-01
Poetry

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