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Writing Seminars Undergraduates Admitted to Top MFA Programs

The faculty of the Writing Seminars proudly congratulate the following undergraduate Writing Seminars majors on having accepted offers of admission to MFA programs in Creative Writing, beginning Fall 2017: Madison Archard — University of Iowa Helena Chung — University of Virginia Maggie Gill — University of Maryland Max Gontarek — University of Nevada, Las Vegas […]


Welcome to the MFA Class of 2019!

The faculty of the Writing Seminars are proud to welcome the MFA class of 2019: fiction: Haley Crigger Deirdre Danklin Nancy Nguyen Aleyna Rentz poetry: Chase Atherton Samuel Cheney Armen Davoudian Kimberly Kemler


Kate Robinson, M.F.A. ’12, Awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Kate Robinson

Katherine Robinson, M.F.A ’12, has been awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to pursue a research PhD in English at Cambridge University. Endowed by Bill and Melinda Gates, the Gates Scholarship enables American and international students to study at Cambridge and seeks to foster a commitment both to academic leadership and to creating positive social impact. At […]


Last Day on Earth: Stories

Last Days on Earth

From the award-winning author of Music Through the Floor and Model Home, a riveting and profoundly moving story collection by a writer “uncannily in tune with the heartbreak and absurdity of domestic life” (Los Angeles Times). A boy on the edge of adolescence fears his mother might be a robot; a psychotically depressed woman is […]


Coming in to Land: Selected Poems 1975-2015

From England’s former Poet Laureate, a collection of selected poetry spanning his celebrated career, presented for the first time by an American publisher Andrew Motion has said, “I want my writing to be as clear as water. I want readers to see all the way through its surfaces into the swamp.” Though the territory of his […]


David Yezzi Selected for Engaged Faculty and Community Fellows Program

David Yezzi

Writing Seminars chair, David Yezzi, has been awarded an Engaged Faculty Fellowship by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Social Concern. The Fellowship, which includes support for a graduate assistant, a $2,000 stipend, and formal training in the principles and practice of community-based learning, will allow Professor Yezzi to design and implement a 2016-2017 Writing Seminars course titled “Theater […]


The Writing Seminars Welcomes Writer-in-Residence, Dinaw Mengestu

Dinaw Mengestu

The Writing Seminars is happy to announce that Dinaw Mengestu will join the department as a Writer-in-Residence through the President’s Reading Series: Literature of Social Import in spring 2017. His undergraduate class, Readings in Fiction: Hybrid Forms, will focus on essays that have the texture and imagination of a short story. Dinaw Mengestu is an […]


Meantime: A Novel

Meantime: A Novel

“Nicole wasn’t actually my stepsister, but no other word fit any better. My father and her mother had fallen in love on a church committee. Breaking up two families would have caused needless damage, and so the adults decided that all seven of us should move to a new house together….” And so we’re introduced to […]


“T.S. Eliot and Matters of Principle”: A Turnbull Lecture by Christopher Ricks

Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 6:00 p.m., Mudd 26. Christopher Ricks is William M. Warren and Sara B. Warren Professor of the Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences at Boston University, where he has taught since 1986. He was the Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford, 2004-2009. He has edited The Poems of […]