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Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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CAS Playwrights Triumph at Kennedy Center Festival

June 20th, 2014

Of the hundreds of playwrights who competed in this year’s Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, two CAS graduate students and two alumni were honored. Stephanie Brownell (GRS’15) received the National Ten-Minute Play Award for her play Eskimo Pie, a moving glimpse of mental illness and how it colors the world of those touched by it. Abbey Fenbert (GRS’15) was awarded the Mark Twain Comedy Writing Award for her play Intentions, a story about a fictional community/urban farm on the outskirts of Chicago. Alumni Michael Parsons (GRS’12) and Steven Barkhimer (GRS’08) also won awards for their plays Sumner Falls and Windowmen, respectively. Read more.

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