News & Announcements Archive

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 […]


Amanda Gunn, Current MFA Student, Wins Auburn Witness Poetry Prize

Amanda Gunn (MFA Writing Seminars 2015) has won the 2014 Auburn Witness Poetry Prize for her poems “My Father Speaks,” “Raid at Combahee River, June 2, 1863,” and “Eastern Shore Ghazal.” Gunn will receive $1,000, publication in the Southern Humanities Review, and an invitation to read at the 2014 Auburn Writers Conference. Gunn’s poems have […]


Callie Siskel, Writing Seminars Graduate, Wins Poetry Society of America Chapbook Competition

Callie Siskel (MFA Writing Seminars 2013) has been chosen by Elizabeth Alexander for a 2014 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship. Siskel will receive a prize of $1,000 and her chapbook, Arctic Revival, will be published by the Poetry Society of America. Siskel’s poems have appeared in The Yale Review, 32 Poems, Passages North, and The New Criterion. She […]


Kristopher Jansma, Writing Seminars Graduate, Wins Sherwood Anderson Foundation Fiction Award

Kristopher Jansma (BA Writing Seminars 2003) has been chosen as the 2014 winner of the Sherwood Anderson Foundation Fiction Award, in recognition of his debut novel, The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards, published by Viking/Penguin in 2013. Competition judges described Jansma’s narrative voice as “fresh yet generous, with whiffs of Salinger and Kerouac,” and added, “Readers […]