News & Announcements Archive


The Writing Seminars Presents: A Lecture by Alex Ross – Wagner’s Shadow: Music, Literature, and the Birth of the Modern

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 6 p.m., Gilman 50 Alex Ross has been the music critic of The New Yorker since 1996. He writes about classical music and has also contributed essays on literature, film, intellectual history, pop music, and gay life. His first book, The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, won a National Book Critics Circle […]


Christopher Childers M.F.A. ’16 awarded NEA Literature Translation Fellowship

Chris Childers
Congratulations to Chris Childers, recent M.F.A. in poetry and instructor in The Writing Seminars, for a $12,500 award from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the retranslation of Latin and Greek lyric poetry from the 7th century B.C.E. to the 1st century C.E. in one comprehensive anthology. Greek and Latin Lyric Poetry from Archilochus […]


Danielle Evans and Eric Puchner Selected for The Best American Short Stories 2017

Best American Short Stories
The Writing Seminars is proud to announce that professors Danielle Evans and Eric Puchner both have stories appearing in The Best American Short Stories 2017, edited this year by Meg Wolitzer.  In addition, a story by Taylor Koekkoek, a recent graduate of the MFA program, was chosen as a “Distinguished Story of 2016.”


J.P. Grasser, M.F.A. ’14, and Richie Hofmann, M.F.A. ’14, Chosen as Wallace Stegner Fellows

JP Grasser/Richie Hofmann
Congratulations to Writing Seminars graduates J.P. Grasser and Richie Hofmann, both MFA graduates of 2014, on being chosen as 2017-2019 Wallace Stegner Fellows in Poetry. The Stegner program, which selects 5 poets and 5 fiction writers annually, offers early-career writers of exceptional promise two years to develop their work at Stanford University, free of any […]


The Writing Seminars Welcomes Assistant Professor Danielle Evans

Danielle Evans
The Writing Seminars is happy to announce that Danielle Evans will join the department as an Assistant Professor in fall 2018. In 2011, she was honored by the National Book Foundation as one of its “5 Under 35” fiction writers. Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, her first short story collection, won the 2011 […]


The Writing Seminars Welcomes Visiting Assistant Research Professor, Mark Lasswell

Mark Lasswell
The Writing Seminars is happy to announce that Mark Lasswell will join the department as a Visiting Assistant Research Professor.  He will teach a class in journalism and opinion for the department beginning in fall 2017.  Mr. Lasswell is the former op-ed editor of The Wall Street Journal, where he had also served as deputy […]


Writing Seminars Undergraduates Admitted to Top MFA Programs

The faculty of the Writing Seminars proudly congratulate the following undergraduate Writing Seminars majors on having accepted offers of admission to MFA programs in Creative Writing, beginning Fall 2017: Madison Archard — University of Iowa Helena Chung — University of Virginia Maggie Gill — University of Maryland Max Gontarek — University of Nevada, Las Vegas […]