News & Announcements Archive


Armen Davoudian, MFA ’19, Wins 2018 ALSCW Dissertation Fellowship

Armen Davoudian is a PhD candidate at Stanford University. His dissertation, “No Single Poem: The Poetry Volume in the 20th Century,” focuses on how the poetry book is both a form and a genre, and how in the 20th century it has come to absorb some of the ambitions traditionally exercised in the form of […]


Michael Broida, MFA ’18, awarded Fulbright grant

The Writing Seminars is pleased to announce that Michael Broida, MFA 2018, was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to teach in Portugal. The project so awarded comprises the teaching of English conversation with the aim of discussing American culture with Portuguese university students and community organizers.


Jiggery-Pokery Semicentennial

Jiggery Pokery Book

Poetry. It is 50 years since Atheneum published Anthony Hecht and John Hollander’s Jiggery-Pokery, a compendium of verses known as double dactyls. The double dactyl was the invention of Hecht and Paul Pascal, and is was aptly described on the jacket of Jiggery-Pokery as a devilish amalgam of rhyme, meter, name-dropping and pure nonsense. It […]


Black Sea

David Yezzi’s fourth book of poems considers what it’s like, during times of roiling change, to feel like a stranger on one’s own street and in one’s own country. This uprooting is partly geographic, partly psychic: what was familiar has become as foreign as the fabled Black Sea (the site of the Roman poet Ovid’s […]


The Writing Seminars Presents: A Lecture by Alex Ross – Wagner’s Shadow: Music, Literature, and the Birth of the Modern

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 6 p.m., Gilman 50 Alex Ross has been the music critic of The New Yorker since 1996. He writes about classical music and has also contributed essays on literature, film, intellectual history, pop music, and gay life. His first book, The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, won a National Book Critics Circle […]


Christopher Childers M.F.A. ’16 awarded NEA Literature Translation Fellowship

Chris Childers

Congratulations to Chris Childers, recent M.F.A. in poetry and instructor in The Writing Seminars, for a $12,500 award from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the retranslation of Latin and Greek lyric poetry from the 7th century B.C.E. to the 1st century C.E. in one comprehensive anthology. Greek and Latin Lyric Poetry from Archilochus […]


Danielle Evans and Eric Puchner Selected for The Best American Short Stories 2017

Best American Short Stories

The Writing Seminars is proud to announce that professors Danielle Evans and Eric Puchner both have stories appearing in The Best American Short Stories 2017, edited this year by Meg Wolitzer. In addition, a story by Taylor Koekkoek, a recent graduate of the MFA program, was chosen as a “Distinguished Story of 2016.”