Juana Moriel, former student in our Bilingual MFA in Creative Writing, has been awarded the Southwest Book Award for her novel Trigueña, which she wrote while in our program. Congratulations, Juana!
The short story collection Nenitas by Sylvia Aguilar Zéleny was selected by Marvin as one of the ten best books published in 2013 in Mexico.
The poem Amante del Viento–Lover of the Wind by MFA candidate Riley H. Welcker was accepted for publication in Blast Furnace.
The short story "My Star" by our graduate student Riley Welcker will be published in Mandala, the literary journal of the University of Georgia's Institute for African American Studies, in its 2013 issue. Congratulations, Riley!
Our chair wins three literary awards. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, the most recent novel published by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Chair of the Department of Creative Writing, has been awarded: The Pura Belpré Award, The Stonewall Book Award, and Michael L. Printz Honor Book for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. Congratulations Ben!
Former MFA student wins major literary award. Betina González, a graduate from our Bilingual MFA in Creative Writing, has won the “VIII Premio Tusquets Editores de Novela” with her novel Las poseídas. Betina also won the “Premio Clarín de Novela” in 2006 with her MFA thesis Arte Menor. Congratulations, Betina!
MFA students is awarded a major grant. Sylvia Aguilar, a third year student in our Bilingual MFA in Creative Writing, has won a grant from the Instituto Sonorense de Cultura (MX) that will allow her to work on a novel over the course of a year. Well deserved, Sylvia!
New MFA student publications: Former MFA student Laura Cesarco Eglin’s book Tailor Shop: Threads, a translation into English of her book of poems Sastrería (Yaugurú 2011), will be published in late February by Finishing Line Press. Congratulations Laura!
New MFA student publications: Yasmin Ramirez, MFA candidate, was featured in cc&d Magazine (June 2012) with short story Drum Beats. The story will also appear in a book length collection, The Mission.
Words on a Wire on iTunes: Words on a Wire, a weekly show hosted by Benjamin Alire Sáenz and Daniel Chacón, is now available on iTunes. Listen to Words on a Wire on KTEP 88.5 FM every Sunday at 11:30 a.m.