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Pitt Alumnus Katy Rank Lev featured in My Midwest Inflight Magazine

Katy Rank Lev (MFA Creative Nonfiction, 2008) recently published a piece in the September issue of My Midwest Inflight Magazine. Rank Lev writes about an abandoned highway in Pennsylvania and one man's pursuit of a road less traveled. 

Click here to read the article.

March 2008

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

November 2008

Current MFA student Laurie Koozer has a short story, “Hillcrest Valley Parade,” in the Autumn 2008 issue of The Fourth River, Chatham University’s literary journal.

Sam MacDonald’s book, The Urban Hermit, snagged a feature review in the LA Times.

Robyn Murphy (MFA 2007) was selected as one of seventeen finalists for this year’s Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Her short story “Hungry Ghost” will appear in the January 2009 issue of the New Orleans Review.

Brendan Kerr’s (MFA 2007) “The Sunbather” won second place in the Wordstock 10 Short Fiction competition. 

 

CM Burroughs named Finalist for Gift of Freedom

Visiting Lecturer CM Burroughs (MFA 2007) has been named a finalist for the 2009 Gift of Freedom, a gift of $50,000 sponsored by the Room of Her Own Foundation. Burroughs is happily one of five finalists from 760 applications. Also, she has new poetry in the upcoming issue of jubilat. You may read other of her new poems at Eleven Eleven Journal and LaFovea..

John Temple's The Last Lawyer: "An Unforgettable Story"

Pitt Alumnus John Temple (MFA Nonfiction) writes about Ken Rose, a North Carolina attorney fighting to save the wrongfully convicted in Raleigh, North Carolina, in his newest book The Last Lawyer. 

From the Publisher's Weekly review: 

For years, lawyer Ken Rose has fought to save wrongly-condemned prisoners; chronicling the story of Rose and death row inmate Bo Jones, author Temple (Dollhouse: Life in a Coroner’s Office) finds high drama in Raleigh penitentiaries, North Carolina backroads, cramped law offices, and sweltering courtrooms. Investigators, criminals, judges, witnesses, and attorneys are all finely, vividly drawn in this disturbing account of a justice system hijacked by officials whose prime interest is finding criminals to execute: “[E]ven if Bo Jones wasn’t one of the worst of the worst, they pursued him because he was one of the ones they could get.” Reviewing the original 1987 murder, the consequent trials and endless hearings, Temple creates an intimate portrait of Rose and his Center for Death Penalty Litigation as they trudge through a decade of work on this case, a typical example that pits the odds and public opinion against them: “To question capital punishment was to appear soft on crime… In court, one well known district attorney sported a golden lapel pin shaped like a hangman’s noose.” Ultimately, Temple’s account is a stand-up-and cheer account of one man standing up for justice.

John Temple is currently an associate professor of journalism at West Virginia University. He teaches reporting and writing courses and serves as the associate dean of the P.I. Reed School of Journalism.

Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction Awarded to Irina Reyn

Irina Reyn (Assistant Professor, Fiction) was recently named winner of the Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction for her 2008 novel, What Happened to Anna K. 

From the Foundation for Jewish Culture website:

Established in 1999 and supported through a generous grant from the Samuel Goldberg & Sons Foundation, the Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction by Emerging Writers is among the very first of its kind to highlight new works by contemporary writers exploring Jewish themes.

The prize spotlights promising new talent, and is awarded to an American fiction writer for a first or second full-length work that was published in the previous calendar year. Submissions must be made by the publisher.

The award includes a prize of $2,500, as well as a one-week residency at Ledig House International Writers Colony in New York’s Hudson Valley.

For more information on Reyn, visit her faculty web page

September 2007

Professor Ben Lerner had two poems from Angle of Yaw included in Best American Poetry 2007, edited by Heather McHugh (Scribner).

June 2008

Professor Toi Derricotte was presented (along with Cornelius Eady) with the Elizabeth Kray Award for her work with Cave Canem, a national community of African-American poets committed to the discovery and cultivation of new voices in African-American poetry.

 

February 2009

Eugene Cross (MFA 2006) strikes again! Read his short short story “Loyalty” on Guernica: a Magazine of Art and Politics.

"The Brother," a story by Eugene Cross (MFA 2006), is just out in the online magazine Narrative, alongside fiction by T.C. Boyle and Jayne Anne Phillips. Esquire calls Narrative “the gold standard for online literary magazines,” and you can read more about their innovative approach to literary publishing here.

Visiting Lecturer Micki Myers recently had two new poems published in the journal La Fovea.  You can read the poems, “New Year’s Day, 1912” and “Friendship 7 Splashes Down and Almost Undiscovers the New World” here.

Three poems from Visiting Lecturer Robin Clarke will appear in an upcoming volume of Sentence: A Journal of Prose PoeticsSentence is a journal that is dedicated to both continuing the tradition and expanding the definition of the prose poem. Clarke’s poems are untitled, but the first few words of each have piqued our interest: “God’s talents include ice,” “The Sons of Liberty,” and “Do you know anything about history?”

New Faculty

Come to Pitt and work with our nationally-acclaimed authors and poets, a roster that includes six outstanding writers who have recently joined our faculty and made Pitt their home.

Angie Cruz is the author of two novels, Soledad (Simon & Schuster 2001), which she has adapted into a screenplay, and Let It Rain Coffee (S & S 2005), which was also a finalist in 2007 for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. She has published short fiction and essays in magazines and journals, including Callaloo, a journal of African Diaspora, The New York Times, KweliPhatitude, and South Central Review. Currently she is finishing her third novel, In Search of CaridadMore >

Joining us in fall 2014: Yona Harvey is the author of the poetry collection, Hemming the Water (Four Way Books 2013), and the recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation. Her poems can be found in jubilat, Gulf Coast, Callaloo, West Branch, and various journals and anthologies, including A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry (Ed. Annie Finch).

Terrance Hayes is the author of Lighthead (Penguin, 2010), which won the National Book Award for Poetry; Wind in a Box (2006); Hip Logic (2002), which won the 2001 National Poetry Series and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award; and Muscular Music (1999), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He has received a Whiting Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, three Best American Poetry selections, as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the Guggenheim Foundation.

William Lychack is the author of a novel, The Wasp Eater, and a collection of stories, The Architect of Flowers. His work has appeared in The Best American Short StoriesThe Pushcart Prize, The American Scholar, Life Magazine, and on public radio’s This American Life.  More>

Michael Meyer is the author of the acclaimed nonfiction book The Last Days of Old Beijing: Life in the Vanishing Backstreets of a City Transformed. He first went to China in 1995 with the Peace Corps, and for over a decade has contributed from there to The New York Times, Time, the Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Architectural Record, Reader’s Digest, Smithsonian, and many other outlets. Michael’s next book, In Manchuria will be published by Bloomsbury in 2014. More>

Peter Trachtenberg has written about genocide tribunals in Rwanda, funerary rituals in central Borneo, the Book of Job, and marriage and missing cats. He's the author of Another Insane Devotion, The Book of Calamities, and 7 Tattoos: A Memoir in the Flesh. His honors include Whiting and Guggenheim fellowships and a residency at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center. More>

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