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.
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.
Visiting Assistant Professor Elizabeth Kadetsky’s essay “Modeling School” appears in Going Hungry, published this month by Anchor.
The War Against Miss Winter, the first novel in Kathryn Miller Haines’ Rosie Winter Mystery series, has been nominated for a Reader’s Choice Award by the Salt Lake County Library Association. (MFA 1998)
Current MFA student Mark Kramer’s “Immigrant Stories” is one of seven essays featured in Creative Nonfiction’s latest publication, Pittsburgh in Words.
Hey! Cathy Day is in here, too! Read “Week 4: Colts @ Jets, or Against the Odds”.
Brendan Kerr’s “The Sunbather” has been chosen as one of ten finalists for the Wordstock short fiction award. And another story, “The Believer,” has been selected as one of 25 finalists for the Glimmer Train Family Matters short fiction award. (MFA 2007)
West Virginia University Eberly School of Arts and Sciences presented Professor Chuck Kinder with an Alumni Recognition Award.
Kristin Naca’s Bird Eating Bird (Harper Collins, 2009) was named winner of the National Poetry Series contest, judged by Yusef Komunyakaa. In this video, she sits down with the Pulitzer Prize winning poet who thought her work was the best. (MFA 2003)
“Working Stiffed,” by Lisa A. Phillips (MFA 1998), appears in The Boston Globe Magazine.
The English translation of Senselessness, a novel by visiting writer Horacio Castellanos Moya, has been released. Read about it here in City Paper .
Peter Oresick’s most recent book of poetry, Warhol-O-Rama, was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press on August 6, 2008, the occasion of Andy Warhol’s 80th birthday. Peter is currently coordinator of the Chatham University Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing and lecturer in Pitt’s Creative Writing Program.
Eugene Cross (MFA 2005) attended the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference in Middlebury, Vermont, where he attended a workshop led by Robert Boswell and served many drinks to many thirsty writers.
Professor Toi Derricotte received the Alumni/Alumnae Achievement Award from the NYU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Kiss Kiss, the latest poetry collection by Linda Lee Harper (MFA 1985), was published by Cleveland State University Poetry Center. The book won the 2007 Cleveland Statue University Poetry Center Open Competition.
Eugene Cross’ story "Only the Strong Will Survive," (which won the 2005 Turow-Kinder Award) appears in the Spring 2008 issue of Third Coast. His story, “Come August” appears in the Spring 2008 (28:2) issue of The Pinch.
Robin Clarke’s poetry manuscript, “Cryptography for R. Lansberry,” was selected as a finalist for the Fence/Motherwell prize. Fence is a print and online literary journal that offers the Motherwell prize for a first or second book of poems by a woman writer. (MFA 2008)
Professor Fiona Cheong was named one of four finalists for the Make It Your Own Award for her proposal, “Re-Imagining Our City.”
Karin Lin-Greenberg (MFA 2005) just heard that she’ll be a Visiting Assistant Professor at College of Wooster for the next three years.
“The Plain, Unmarked Box Arrived,” an essay by Lori Jakiela (MFA 1992), was published in the April 13, 2008 edition of The New York Times. Lori is an associate professor at Pitt-Greensburg and directs the writing program.
Lecturer Jeff Oaks received the 2008 David and Tina Bellet Arts and Sciences Teaching Excellence Award. The award recognizes outstanding and innovative teaching in Arts and Sciences.
Professor Irina Reyn participated in the Hedgebrook Writer’s Residency.
Professor Cathy Day’s book Comeback Season has been nominated for a Great Lakes Book Award.
Eugene Cross (MFA 2005) was awarded a three-year lectureship at Penn State Behrend, where he’ll be teaching creative writing and composition.
Professor Toi Derricotte was awarded the Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers Award, sponsored by Poets and Writers, Inc., for her service to the writing community.
Professor Jeanne Marie Laskas was nominated for a 2008 National Magazine Award for “Underworld,” an article on coal mining that originally appeared in GQ.
Professor Dawn Lundy Martin was announced as a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award for her book A Gathering of Matter/A Matter of Gathering.
Professor Lynn Emanuel’s poem, “Dreaming of Rio at Sixteen,” was included in The Best American Erotic Poems: 1800 to the Present, David Lehman, ed., published this month by Scribner.
Kellie Wells (MFA 1994) is the visiting writer at Western Michigan University for the Spring 2008 semester. The author of Skin (University of Nebraska Press, 2006), she teaches fiction in the Writing Program at Washington University, St. Louis.