News & Announcements Archive

MFA Class of 2017 Selected

The faculty and staff of the Writing Seminars are pleased to welcome our incoming class of MFA students, who were chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants. Fiction: Ralph Hubbell (Istanbul, Turkey) Kathleen Hull (Mundelein, IL) Isabella Martin (Shutesbury, MA) Mary Terrier (Madrid, Spain) Poetry: John Allen (Danville, KY) Dylan Carpenter (Glencoe, IL) Julia Friedrich […]


Andrew Motion Wins 2014 Ted Hughes Award

The Writing Seminars is delighted to share the news that Andrew Motion, soon to join the Department as a Homewood Professor of the Arts, has received the 2014 Ted Hughes Award for his radio performance Coming Home, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Based upon Motion’s recorded conversations with the last British soldiers to leave […]


Dora Malech Selected for Engaged Faculty and Community Fellows Program

Writing Seminars faculty member Dora Malech 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 Malech to design and implement a 2015-2016 Writing Seminars […]


Sir Andrew Motion joins The Writing Seminars

The Writing Seminars is happy to announce that Sir Andrew Motion will join the department as a Homewood Professor of the Arts in July 2015. Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1999 to 2009, he was knighted in 2009 for his services to poetry. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature […]


Eric Puchner Wins Jeannette Haien Ballard Writer’s Prize

Eric Puchner, Assistant Professor in the Writing Seminars, has won the 2015 Jeannette Haien Ballard Writer’s Prize, a $25,000 annual prize given to “a young writer of proven excellence in poetry or prose.” The prize was established in honor of author Jeannette Haien and is intended to encourage young writers in “the production of literary […]


Writing Seminars Faculty Honored in 2015 Poets’ Prize Competition

Mary Jo Salter, Krieger-Eisenhower Professor in the Writing Seminars, has received the $3,000 Poets’ Prize for her book Nothing by Design, published in 2013 by Alfred A. Knopf. David Yezzi, Associate Professor in the Writing Seminars, has been named as one of two additional finalists for the prize, along with Mark Halliday of Ohio University; […]


Forthcoming Book by Writing Seminars Graduate Amelia Morris

Amelia Morris (BA Writing Seminars 2003) has placed her first book, Bon Appetempt: A Coming of Age Story with Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group. Described by Kirkus Reviews as “a refreshing take on growing up and coming to terms with the joys and travails of family, career, and navigating the kitchen,” […]


Jesse Chen, Current Undergraduate, Selected as of Five National Finalists for the Norman Mailer College Poetry Writing Award

Jesse Chen (Writing Seminars Junior) is one of five national finalists in the 2014 Norman Mailer College Poetry Writing Contest. The Mailer Contest, sponsored jointly by the Norman Mailer Center and The National Council of Teachers of English, was judged this year by Ronaldo Wilson and Quincy Troupe. Chen is currently a Woodrow Wilson Research […]


Writing Seminars Faculty, Students, and Graduates to Appear at the Baltimore Book Festival

Writing Seminars faculty member Alice McDermott will read from her novel Someone at the Baltimore Book Festival on Saturday, September 27 at 1 pm. The reading, part of the Literary Salon series, will take place at the Baltimore Inner Harbor stage on Rash Field. Also presenting at the festival will be Writing Seminars faculty member […]