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May 31, 2018
The National Endowment for the Arts announced that Elissa Washuta, who graduated from UMD with a BA in English in 2007, would receive one of their prestigious 2018 Creative Writing Fellowships. Washuta is one of only 36 writers across the nation to receive such an award. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to provide crucial funding to support these writers in their creative endeavors and to continue expanding the range of ideas and viewpoints available to readers,” stated the NEA Director of Literature, Amy Stolls.
May 21, 2018
Christopher Suarez's essay, "Robert Penn Warren's Panoramic Ecology in Audubon: A Vision," has been accepted for publication by Literary Imagination (Oxford University Press). Chris would like to give special thanks to professors Joshua Weiner and Gerard Passannante for their help. The essay was drafted in their course on ecopoetics.
May 21, 2018
Maud Casey's essay "The Museum of 'Please Find Me'" appeared in The New York Times and her essay "A Speck in the Universe: On Voyage of Time" will appear as part of New England Review's upcoming Terrence Malick supplement.
May 21, 2018
On May 31, 2018, Orrin Wang presented his paper, "Two Pipers and the Cliche of Romanticism" to the UCA Irvine Poetics Workshop; he also participated in the PhD defense of Gerald Ma, a MFA alum from our Creative Writing Program.
May 21, 2018
This spring Sabrina Islam has a short-short "New Market in August" in Acta Victoriana and another story "Khea" in Flock. She also has three short-shorts - "Language", "Inheritance" and "School Hours" - appearing in the Fall 2018 issue of the minnesota review.
May 15, 2018
Emeritus Professor of English and poet Rod Jellema passed away in Washington, DC, at the age of 91 on Friday, May 11. Rod, who had a D. Phil. from the University of Edinburgh, joined the Department in 1955 and taught for nearly forty years before retiring in 1992. He was the founding director of the creative writing program as well as the founding organizer of Writers Here and Now.
May 9, 2018
The Creative Writing Program is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Academy of American Poets Poetry Prize and Katherine Anne Porter Fiction Prize.
May 1, 2018
David Biespiel was a finalist for the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from National Book Critics Circle Award. The other finalists were Maureen Corrigan, Ruth Franklin, James Marcus. The winner, Charles Finch.
May 1, 2018
Congratulations to Laura Neal, who was recently awarded a fellowship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA.
April 23, 2018
The MFA Program in Creative Writing is pleased to announce the winners of our annual thesis awards in fiction and poetry.

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