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Alumna Wins Fiction Award

The Writing Seminars congratulates recent graduate Courtney Sender (MFA ’12) on winning Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open contest.

Alumni Publication News

We congratulate recent MFAs on their forthcoming and newly published books: Anne-Marie Thompson (Audiation) and Luc Phinney (Compass)

Nothing by Design

A beautiful collection of verse––both light and dark, elegiac and affirmative––from one of our most admired poets. The title Nothing by Design is taken from Salter’s villanelle “Complaint for Absolute Divorce,” in which we’re asked to entertain the thought of a no-fault universe. The wary search for peace, personal and public, is a constant theme […]


An ordinary life—its sharp pains and unexpected joys, its bursts of clarity and moments of confusion—lived by an ordinary woman: this is the subject of Someone, Alice McDermott’s extraordinary return, seven years after the publication of After This. Scattered recollections—of childhood, adolescence, motherhood, old age—come together in this transformative narrative, stitched into a vibrant whole by McDermott’s deft, lyrical voice.