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Shannon Reed in The New Yorker 

Shannon Reed (Fiction, 2015), a part-time instructor in the English department, has broken down the doors of the castle and published a piece in the print edition of The New Yorker. Check out her "Classic Musicals, Updated" in the March 20, 2017 issue. We dare you not to laugh.  

Lauren Russell Awarded an NEA 

We're thrilled to report that Lauren Russell has been given a prestigious NEA fellowship in poetry. Her new book, What's Hanging on the Hush, will be published by Ahsahta Press this spring. Lauren, who got her MFA at Pitt, is a Research Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics.

A National Book Award to Pitt alumnus Daniel Borzutsky

Daniel Borzutsky, who graduated from Pitt with a B.A. in philosophy in 1997, has won the 2016 National Book Award in poetry for The Performance of Becoming Human (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2016), a book of 17 poems that examines the complicated historical, political, and cultural relationship between Latin America and the United States. With Professor Terrance Hayes, who won the 2010 National Book Award for Lighthead, Borzutsky is the second alumnus of the University in six years to win the nation's highest literary award in poetry. 

Terrance Hayes gives an uncompromising address on race and poetry at the 2016 National Book Awards. 

Presenting the National Book Foundation's Literarian Award to the Cave Canem Foundation, Professor Terrance Hayes spoke about the imperative of defending black poetry and black poets in the face of oppression and brutality. You can read more here.

Michael Meyer named NEH Public Scholar

A big, big up to Professor Michael Meyer, who's been honored with a 2016-2017 National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar award to undertake the project, “Benjamin Franklin's Last Bet: How a Founding Father's Daring Philanthropy Reshaped the American Will." According to the NEH: "The Public Scholar Program supports well-researched books in the humanities intended to reach a broad readership. Books supported by this program must be grounded in humanities research and scholarship. They must address significant humanities themes likely to be of broad interest and must be written in a readily accessible style. Making use of primary and/or secondary sources, they should open up important and appealing subjects for a wide audience. The challenge is to make sense of a significant topic in a way that will appeal to general readers." 

Dawn Lundy Martin wins the Lambda. 

Professor Dawn Lundy Martin's Life in a Box is a Pretty Life has won the 28th annual Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry. Congratulations, Dawn! 

Terrance Hayes honored by the Academy 

The American Academy of Arts and Letters has just named Professor Terrance Hayes the recipient of one of its 2016 awards in literature. Other honorees include Ta-Nehisi Coates, Lynn Nottage, Katie Peterson, and Spencer Reese. 

Jeanne Marie Laskas's Concussion a bestseller 

Concussion, Professor Jeanne Marie Laskas's riveting account of Dr. Bennet Omalu's discovery of CTE, football-related brain trauma, has been made into a dramatic thriller starring Will Smith. The book is now a New York Times bestseller. Excerpts are available in The Atlantic and the Wall Street Journal; you can also read the original GQ article or listen to interviews with the author at CBSBBC, and NPR’s Science Friday.  

A prestigious bifecta for Terrance Hayes

Having been named a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award, How to Be Drawn, the new book of poems by Professor Terrance Hayes, is now also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. The NBCC winners will be announced March 17, but frankly, we couldn’t wait to brag. 

Adriana Ramirez wins the PEN/Fusion Emerging Writer's Prize

Happy to announce that Adriana Ramirez, a lecturer in the Writing Program, has won this year's PEN/Fusion Emerging Writer's Prize, awarded to a writer under 35 for an unpublished work of nonfiction that addresses a global or multicultural issue. You can read about Ramirez and the award in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Pittsburgh City Paper.

A Fullbright for Alumna Sarah Menkedick 

A big hand for Sarah Menkedick (Nonfiction 2013), who's been offered a Fullbright U.S. Student Program grant in Creative Writing. 

Johnson Wins the Whiting

Congratulations to Lecturer Jenny Johnson, one of ten emerging writers to receive a 2015 Whiting Award.

Michael Meyer on In Manchuria 

Assistant Professor Michael Meyer discusses his new book with Leonard Lopate on WNYC FM, with Kai Ryssdal on "Marketplace," and with historian Ian Buruma at The Asia Society. Click here for the complete video. 

MacArthur Fellowship for Hayes

Professor Terrance Hayes has been named a MacArthur Fellow. Read the Sept. 17, 2014 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article.

More News About Game Brain

Game Brain, a big budget movie based on Jeanne Marie Laskas's GQ article will be filmed in Pittsburgh. Read the July 7, 2014 Tribune-Review article.

Potential Star for "Game Brain" Movie

Will Smith is in talks to star in a film based on the GQ article “Game Brain” by Jeanne Marie Laskas. Read the June 4, 2014 Washington Post article.

Profile of Retiring Professor Chuck Kinder

The Tribune-Review profiled Chuck Kinder on May 29, 2014. You can read the article.

NYT Article Mentions Cave Canem and Toi Derricotte, Quotes Terrance Hayes

A front-page article in the New York Times for May 27, 2014, "The Dark Room Collective: Where Black Poetry Took Wing," refers to Cave Canem and Toi Derricotte and quotes Terrance Hayes several times. You can read the article online.

Chabon Remembers His Teacher, Ed Ochester

In July 2013, the New York Review of Books published Michael Chabon's remembrance of studying poetry with Ed Ochester. Read "Let It Rock" in PDF format.

Best American Poetry Blog Interviews Ed Ochester

Read this June 2013 interview with retired Pitt professor Ed Ochester, who is the editor for the Pitt Poetry Series.

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