News & Announcements Archive


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 […]


Stephen Dixon Wins O. Henry Award

Retired Writing Seminars’ professor, Stephen Dixon, won a 2014 O. Henry Award for his short story “Talk.” Read the story in the Baltimore Sun.


The Truth About Cats and Dogs

Writing Seminars lecturer David Grimm’s new book Citizen Canine was published by PublicAffairs Books this month. Read an interview with Grimm in the Baltimore Sun.


Writing Seminars Co-Chair Mary Jo Salter Elected to AAAS

Mary Jo Salter, an accomplished poet and the Krieger-Eisen­hower Professor in and co-chair of the Writing Seminars, is one of 204 new members elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The 2014 class includes some of the world’s premier scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders.


Writing Seminars Major Turns a Lens on School Violence

Alessandra Bautze, a double major in the Writing Seminars and Film and Media Studies, delves into the topic of school shootings with her Provost’s Undergraduate Research Award project, the 12-minute film “What Sophie Saw.” The script dates back to a screenwriting class she took in 2012.