In the News

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

Ann Beattie

Ann Beattie Is Next Kapnick

It is our very great pleasure to announce that Ann Beattie, the internationally acclaimed author of eleven collections of short stories, eight novels, and a novella, will be the Creative Writing Program’s Kapnick Distinguished Writer-in-Residence in the fall of 2019. During her residency that semester, Ms. Beattie will give a public reading of her work, present two public lectures on the craft of fiction, lead master classes, engage one-on-one with advanced student writers about their work, and in general enrich and inspire the creative writing community with her presence and expertise. A list of prior Kapnick Writers appears here.

MFA Reading Series

MFA Reading Series

Almost every Thursday night at 8 p.m., our MFAs gather for a reading by one prose writer and one poet at New Dominion Bookshop on the Downtown Mall. Please come to support an independent bookstore and our emerging writers. Full event poster here.

Bar Charts

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.

Photograph of M Marcom

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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