News & Announcements Archive


JHU Press Publishes Hastings Hensel’s (M.F.A. 2009) Third Book of Poetry

Hastings Hensel
Though at times whimsical and witty, the poems in Hastings Hensel’s Ballyhoo inhabit the world beyond and between the punchline. In tightly controlled meditations on language’s limits and its necessity, as well as on the many forms that humor takes—comedy, laughter, farce, clowning, parody, and more—Hensel navigates fine lines between joy and sadness, jokes and cruelty, reality […]


Joanna Pearson, M.F.A. ’09, Publishes Third Book in Third Genre

Joanna Pearson
Dr. Joanna Pearson, a psychiatrist with two Johns Hopkins degrees, a 2009 M.F.A. in poetry and a 2010 M.D., has had her third book, Every Human Love, a collection of short stories, published with Acre Press.  Pearson is also the author of a young adult novel, The Rites and Wrongs of Janice Wills, and the Donald Justice Prize-winning […]


Sydney Doyle, M.F.A ’18, and Armen Davoudian, M.F.A. ’19, Awarded Tennessee Williams Scholarships to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference

The Writing Seminars is pleased to announce that Sydney Doyle and Armen Davoudian have received Tennessee Williams Scholarships to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. In the spirit of Sewanee’s literary community, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference has offered workshops in fiction, poetry, and playwriting since its first gathering in 1990. Today, the Conference is one of the […]


Aleyna Rentz, M.F.A. ’19, Wins First Place in the Pleiades Realistic Fiction Contest

Aleyna Rentz
The Writing Seminars is happy to announce that Aleyna Rentz has won the R.M. Kinder Award for Realistic Fiction for her story, “Cottonmouth”. She will receive $1,000 and publication in the Winter 2020 issue of Pleiades.  Aleyna Rentz is a fiction writer from rural Southwest Georgia, where she grew up with her six brothers and […]


Rachael Clifford, M.F.A. ‘ 18, Awarded Cave Canem Fellowship, Residency at the Mastheads, and Artist Award from Maryland State Arts Council

Rachael Clifford
The Writing Seminars is happy to announce that Rachael Clifford was awarded a Cave Canem Fellowship.  In addition, she was selected as a 2019 Writer-in-Residence at the Mastheads in Pittsfield, MA, and also received a 2019 Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council. Cave Canem Founded by Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady in […]


Samuel Cheney, M.F.A. ’19, and Jalen Eutsey, M.F.A. ’18, Awarded Scholarships to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA

Fine Arts Work Center
The Writing Seminars is happy to announce that Samuel Cheney and Jalen Eutsey received scholarships to attend the Summer Workshop Program at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Jalen is one of the recipients of the Hatty Fitts Walker Scholarship. The Summer Workshop Program at the Fine Arts Work Center is designed to inspire students’ […]


Matt Morton, M.F.A. ’14, wins 2018 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize

Matt Morton
Congratulations to Writing Seminars graduate Matt Morton (MFA 2014) on winning the 2018 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize.  His manuscript will be published by BOA Editions. Matt Morton holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars. His poetry appears in AGNI, Gettysburg Review, Harvard Review, Tin House Online, […]