News & Announcements Archive


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 […]


Welcome to the MFA Class of 2019!

The faculty of the Writing Seminars are proud to welcome the MFA class of 2019: fiction: Haley Crigger Deirdre Danklin Nancy Nguyen Aleyna Rentz poetry: Chase Atherton Samuel Cheney Armen Davoudian Kimberly Kemler


Kate Robinson, M.F.A. ’12, Awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Kate Robinson
Katherine Robinson, M.F.A ’12, has been awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to pursue a research PhD in English at Cambridge University. Endowed by Bill and Melinda Gates, the Gates Scholarship enables American and international students to study at Cambridge and seeks to foster a commitment both to academic leadership and to creating positive social impact. At […]


David Yezzi Selected for Engaged Faculty and Community Fellows Program

David Yezzi
Writing Seminars chair, David Yezzi, has been awarded an Engaged Faculty Fellowship by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Social Concern. The Fellowship, which includes support for a graduate assistant, a $2,000 stipend, and formal training in the principles and practice of community-based learning, will allow Professor Yezzi to design and implement a 2016-2017 Writing Seminars course titled “Theater […]