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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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Submissions Due: Alumni Association Awards for Writing Excellence

All Day
on Friday, April 19, 2013
The Alumni Association Awards for Writing Excellence, now in their thirteenth year, are for graduating seniors in the College of Arts & Sciences. Each year, the Alumni Association recognizes four outstanding student papers: two in the Humanities, one in the Natural Sciences, and one in the Social Sciences. Awards of $500 each will be presented during the Class Day awards ceremony on May 17th. Final selection of the four winners will be made by a committee of Writing Program faculty. We are appealing directly to faculty for nominations, which need not be limited to one per department. Faculty are encouraged to nominate their best writers among graduating CAS seniors. Criteria for nomination are as follows: 1. Papers should be 10-25 pages in length. 2. The paper must be the work of a CAS graduating senior, written during either the junior or senior year for a CAS course or for Work for Distinction. 3. Co-authored papers are acceptable on condition that responsibility for research and writing was shared equally and both students are undergraduates. 4. The full range of expository, analytical, and research papers, including chapters of Work for Distinction projects may be submitted for consideration. Works of creative writing cannot be considered. 5. Papers written in a foreign language are eligible but must include an English translation. 6. Works submitted will be judged on the quality of their arguments and prose style. Submissions should be mailed or delivered to the attention of Daniel Ivey at the CAS Writing Program, 100 Bay State Rd., 3rd Floor by Friday, April 19, 2013. Submissions may also be emailed as PDFs to Attached to this message is a nomination form (also available at containing further details about the submissions process. We are appealing especially to faculty in the Social Science and Natural Science departments to identify distinguished writers among their graduating seniors. Please note that these awards are significant both in terms of prestige and monetary value and that some of your best writers may not be aware of the opportunity unless a supportive faculty member brings it to their attention.

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