MFA Program in Creative Writing 2017 Awards and Prizes

April 25, 2017

The MFA Program in Creative Writing is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Academy of American Poets Poetry Prize and Katherine Anne Porter Fiction Prize.

Patrick Phillips, judge of the Academy of American Poets Poetry Prize, has chosen:

Prize Winner: Laura Neal for her four poems, “Origin and Obligation,” “Locusts,” “Leaf-burning” and “Town of Bowman, chartered 1867

Honorable Mention: Ravenna Komar for her four poems, “ Hospice,” “1:11 p.m.,” “Grandmother’s Kitchen,” and “Cowbird | Birth Father”


Lauren Acampora, judge of the Katherine Anne Porter Fiction Prize, has chosen:

Prize Winner:  Tara Kun for her story “Missing: Yumi Itō”

Honorable Mention:  Anna McCormally for her story “The Slaughter”


Congratulations to this year’s honorees, who will read in the Student Prize reading on Wednesday, May 3 at 7 PM in the Ulrich Recital Hall here in Tawes. Many thanks to everyone who submitted work to the competition.

Please join us at the reading next week to celebrate Laura, Tara, Ravenna, Anna, and another wonderful year of Writers Here & Now!