Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Top-Notch Creative Writing Program


Our Creative Writing Program (CWP) is among the most prestigious writing programs in the country. The program is distinguished by its progressive coursework and renowned for its highly acclaimed faculty, which includes esteemed writers such as Zadie Smith, Charles Simic, Jonathan Safran Foer, Deborah Landau, and Darin Strauss (among many more).

Of course, a one-of-a-kind program like this produces extraordinary alumni. We'd like to take this post to highlight some of the recent accomplishments of those who have completed the CWP.

Jacob Appel's short story collection "Scouting for the Reaper," has won the 2012 Hudson Prize.

Solmaz Sharif is a winner of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Standford University. She was also a winner of the 2010 "Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Contest and a 2011-12 Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship.

Paula Bohince's second poetry collection, "The Children," was published by Sarabande Books in May 2012. She was also named the 2012 Dartmouth Poet in Residence at the Frost Place.

Aracelis Girmay was nominated for a 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award for her poetry collection Kingdom Animalia (BOA Editions Ltd.)

Holly Thompson's novel "Orchards" received the APALA 2012 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature and is a YALSA 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults selection. Her anthology "Tomo: Friendship Through Fiction--An Anthology of Japan Teen Stories" launched in March 2012 and benefits teens affected by the March 11, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

Angelo Nikolopoulos is the winner of the Kinereth Gensler Award for his manuscript "Obscenely Yours," which will be published by Alice James Books in 2013.

Rashad Harrison (NYU CWP '07), who was a Javits Fellow, recently published his debut novel, "Our Man in the Dark" (Atria/Simon & Schuster).

Matthew Shaer published a nonfiction book, "Among Righteous Men: A Tale of Vigilantes and Vindication in Hasidic Crown Heights," in October 2011 (Wiley).

Beth Bosworth has won the Drue Heinz fiction award for 2012, comprised of $15,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press.

Alison Roh Park's "What We Push Against" was selected by Joy Harjo for a 2011 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship.

For a list of other alumni with recently published work, check out the Spring 2012 NYU Alumni Magazine Class Notes.

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