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October 2008

Lecturer Lois Williams's memoir "The House of Provisions" appears in Granta.

Sam MacDonald's memoir, The Urban Hermit, will be on shelves November 25th! (MFA 2008)

Lynn Emanuel has been named the 2009 Elliston Distinguished Poet-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati.  She will receive an award of $20,000.00. In addition to teaching an intensive five week course for graduate students at the McMicken School of Arts and Sciences, Emanuel will give a poetry reading and two public presentations. Past Elliston poets have included CD Wright and Carl Phillips.

Visiting Lecturer CM Burroughs is a nominee for the 2009 Pushcart Prize for her poem "Dear Incubator,"  which appeared in the Fall 2007 issue of Runes literary journal.  

Visiting Lecturer Dave Newman's chapbook, Allen Ginsberg Comes To Pittsburgh, won the 2008 Evil Genius Chapbook award. Publication is scheduled for January 2009 (Platonic 3Way Press). Newman is also one of the featured writers in the current issue of Chiron Review. In addition, three of his poems have been accepted for the online literary magazine Word Riot. His story, "It's Not As Bad As It Was," is forthcoming in the Winter issue of Tears in the Fence, a literary journal in the U.K. Two poems, "The God in Walt Whitman" and "Aliens," will appear in Beside the City of Angels: An Anthology of Long Beach Poetry (World Parade Books). 

At Pitt’s Homecoming celebration on October 26th, Toi Derricotte received a Sankofa Award from the University of Pittsburgh African American Alumni Council. The award honors members of the University community who have provided outstanding support and service to students of African descent. Read about Toi here in the Pitt Chronicle.

Current MFA student Cara Hayden received the Pittsburgh chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators’ Award of Honor in News Writing for her article “The Greening of Vandergrift,” which appeared in the Winter 2008 issue of Pitt Magazine.

And the IABC’s Award of Honor in Feature Writing went to Elaine Vitone (MFA 2006) for “What Possessed You?,” which appeared in the Fall 2007 issues of Pitt Med magazine.

Claire Donato’s first chapbook, Someone Else’s Body, is forthcoming from Cannibal Books. Claire earned her B.A. in creative writing at Pitt in 2008 and is currently an MFA Literary Arts candidate at Brown University.

Professor Cathy Day’s story, “Genesis” is out in Freight Stories.

Professor Jeanne Marie Laskas’ article “Underworld,” which originally appeared in GQ and was also nominated for a 2008 National Magazine Award, has been selected for Best American Magazine Writing 2008. The book, compiled by the American Society of Magazine Editors, will be published in December.

Professor Laskas’ article, “G-L-O-R-Y,” appears in Best American Sports Writing 2008, edited by William Nack and published this month by Houghton Mifflin. 

David Griffith (MFA 2001) published an homage to David Foster Wallace in Time Out Chicago. He is an assistant professor at Sweet Briar College.

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