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Sangeeta Mall (MFA Fiction, 2007) Debuts Cloud Nine Minus One

HarperCollins India proudly presents its newest release, Cloud Nine Minus One, by Pitt MFA Alumnus Sangeeta Mall (MFA Fiction, 2007).

Mall's debut novel has already been garnering great reviews, as evidenced by a recent write-up in India Today:  

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The novel, an inquiry into "friendship, relationships, nostalgia and moving on," tells the story of a woman caught between her husband and the memories of long-lost love.

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. 

 

Creative Writing Minor

As one of the oldest writing programs in the United States, the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh has an excellent record of not only producing talented creative writers but also developing the writing skills of undergraduates who go on to work in a variety of professions, including journalism, law, and publishing.

We created the Minor in response to a number of students saying they were passionately interested in writing but their main major required too much of a commitment for them to take on a second major. The Minor in Creative Writing fulfills a need that is different from the certificate in Public and Professional Writing, with its particular focus on writing in business, nonprofit, government, and legal environments, and the Writing Major, which requires a more substantial commitment of time and study.

We know from many different sources (CEOs, personnel and graduate school committees) that those students who write well, no matter what their major might be, are the students who get noticed by employers.  The kind of self-examination that the practice of writing encourages, as well as the ability to organize information into narrative, expressive and communicative forms, will always make candidates stand out.  We hope, as a side effect, to also attract students who might want to work at the intersections of, say, Neuroscience and the Humanities, or students who want to think about and articulate the kind of complex relationships a more connected world creates.

Read the Major & Minor Requirements >

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