Alumni Achievements

Graduates from our poetry track have won the Whiting Award, the Barnard New Women Poets Series, grants from the NEA, and the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. Additionally, there have been three winners of the Discovery/The Nation award, and two winners of the National Poetry Series.

In fiction, our students have also won the Whiting Award, the PEN/Hemingway Award, and an inordinate share of the nationwide Henfield Awards. In 1999, our writers swept every major literary award in the country, with Ha Jin winning the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner, and Jhumpa Lahiri the PEN/Hemingway and the Pulitzer Prize.

Not a year goes by without several graduates of our program putting out novels, poetry collections, and books of stories. Since her graduation, Sue Miller has published many such volumes and won a good deal of fame, and some fortune as well. So has Arthur Golden, whose Memoirs of a Geisha was started in our workshops. Weike Wang, Lisa Taddeo, Nell Stevens, and others have released critically-acclaimed works of fiction and non-fiction in recent years. On the poetry side, Carl Phillips and Erin Belieu have released many collections to critical acclaim. Others, like Kate Hollander, Lisa Hiton, and Aaron Caycedo-Kimura, have had manuscripts selected as winners in nationwide contests.

Moreover, a number of our graduates have found work in teaching, some at schools in the area (Tufts, Emerson, M.I.T., Harvard College and Extension, Phillips Academy at Andover, Exeter, the Groton School). Three  of the finest programs in the country, those at Washington University at St. Louis, the University of Michigan, and Florida State, have been or are directed by our graduates, respectively, Marshall Klimasewiski,  Peter Ho Davies, and Erin Belieu. We have placed more than a score of our graduates in tenure-track positions at major American universities.

We hope that our students get some glimpse of the best they can do during their time in the program, as well as bit of courage needed to go ahead and do it.

Those interested in keeping up with alumni achievements can read through this list of alumni books, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and keep up with our blog!

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