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Here's some very special breaking news!

Anthony Doerr's novel, All the Light We Cannot See, is winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.  For more information about this inspiring news, visit here. Doerr is an alumnus of our MFA Program.

Check out Sharona Muir's "Swan Lovers" in The New York Times online--just in time for Valentine's Day!

MFA graduate Mary Biddinger is recipient of an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry for 2015. Great news, Mary!

The 2015 Louise Cooper Book Award for Best BFA Thesis in Progress is shared by John Clark and Delaney Miller.

MFA Candidate Erika Schnepp is the winner of the 2015 Irina Ratushinskaya Freedom Award for her submission of poems.

The winner of the 2015 Donna Sparkman Award for Regional Studies is Anthony Zick. He will be researching jazz history in Washington, D.C. and producing jazz-inspired poetry that aims to evolve into a series.

Our Devine winners for 2016 are:

Poetry: Jacob Hall and Eric Komosa

Fiction: Katherine O'Neill and Lydia Munnell

Also see the recent features about our MFA Program in the BGNEWS: part 1 and part 2.

Please welcome poet Rebecca Dunham, our Arts and Sciences Distinguished Visiting Writer for Spring 2015! See more on the "Faculty" page link on the left sidebar.

Please welcome our Fall 2015 incoming MFA candidates!

Olivia Buzzacco
Teresa Dederer
Thomas Markham
Katherine O'Neill
Graham Todd

Lisa Favicchia
Jacob Hall
Eric Komosa
Luke Marinac
Coral Narandrea

And further congratulations to:


Abigail Cloud, whose poetry collection, Sylph (Pleiades/LSU Press, 2014), is winner of the 2013 Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize.

Lawrence Coates, for his novel, The Garden of the World, published by University of Nevada Press, 2012, and is winner of the 2013 Nancy Dasher Award.

Wendell Mayo: His new collection, The Cucumber King of Kėdainiai: Fictions, is winner of the Subito Press Award for Innovative Fiction sponsored by the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is also a 2014 recipient of an Indivdual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council and, subsequently, for 2015 has been awarded a summer-long residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. HIs recent shorts stories appear in Boulevard, Hotel Amerika, The Prague Revue, The Saturday Evening Post, Stand Magazine, and more.    

Richard Messer (emeritus), whose personal narrative will appear this year: On the Big Rivers, from Three Forks, Montana to New Orleans, Louisiana (with Jerry Sanders, Genoa House Press, 2015).  

Sharona Muir, whose Invisible Beasts is forthcoming in Summer 2014, from Bellevue Literary Press at New York University. BLP specializes in literature at the intersection of the arts and sciences. Invisible Beasts: Tales of the Animals that Go Unseen Among Us is a collection of playful tales in which imaginary animals, based on real science, are described by Sophie, an amateur naturalist with the gift of seeing invisible creatures. Each tale weaves intriguing information from the life sciences--from quirky facts to important ideas--into connected fables, as Sophie ponders love, sex, evolution, extinction, truth, and self-knowledge. The book's mission is to create a new imaginative understanding of animals, and of humanity among our fellow creatures. See her latest tale, "Beacon Bugs," in Nautilus!

Theresa Williams is finalist in the Women's New Voices competition for her chapbook, The Galaxy to Ourselves, which will be published by Finishing Line Press. She also has new work recently published or forthcoming in Chattahoochee Review, Gargoyle, Haibun Today, Infinity's Kitchen, The Prose Poem Project, Prime Number Magazine, Rufous City Review, Qarrtsiluni, State of Imagination, Talking Writing, and Up the Staircase Quarterly.

Students and Alumni:

Thomas M. Atkinson (MFA 1982), for the first print edition of his first novel, Strobe Life, which just came out this March, 2015. His short story, “Ruint Horse,” will appear in the next issue of The Madison Review. Another story, "Scrap," appeared in Fifth Wednesday Journal and won the 2014 Taylor Anderson Fellowship to the Writing X Writers Tomales Bay Workshop. Dancing Turtle, his one-act play adaptation of his short story by the same name was seen in February by 750 students from six different middle schools in Palm Beach and Broward Counties in Florida. Awesome, Thomas!

Catherine Carberry (MFA 2014), for two short stories: "Dovehouse," forthcoming in North American Review and "The Open Country of a Woman's Heart" in Tin House; check it out, here. Congrats, Catherine!

Alan Heathcock (MFA 1998), for his debut story collection, Volt, with Graywolf Press. Congrats, Al!

Gabrielle Hovendon (MFA 2014], who has accepted a position teaching in Spain for next year and the year after begins doctoral studies at the University of Georgia. Awesome, Gabes!

Maria Hummer (BFA 2008) for a story, "Open House," appearing in Best of Ohio Short Stories, Volume 1. Congratulations, Maria!

Vanessa Furse Jackson (MFA 1986; Ph.D. 1990) whose first novel, The Revolving Year, is just out from Barking Rain Press; and another is forthcomong next year with Barking Rain, The Anthropologist's Daughter. Her last book, a collection of short stories titled Small Displacements, won the PEN Texas 2011 Southwest Award for Fiction. Vanessa is retiring this year from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, where she has taught for the past 20 years. Her husband Robb Jackson (who received his BA, MFA, and Ph.D. from BGSU) passed away earlier this year. She is returning to England. Warmest wishes from us all, Vanessa.

Caroline Morrell (MFA 2003} for her chapbook, Whispery her eye the flight (Dancing Girl Press). Way to go, Caroline!

Karissa Morton (MFA 2013) has recently had poems and essays in Guernica, Indiana Review, The Paris-American, Requited, Birdfeast, ILK, Gigantic Sequins, The Bakery, Rubbertop Review, Barn Owl Review, iO: A Journal of New American Poetics, Whiskey Island, Lambda Literary Review, and The Sonora Review. She also has reviews in The Rumpus. Way to go, Karissa!

Debra Nicholson (MFA 2008) for a newly published story, "Wallow," appearing in 2012 issue of The Griffin. Check it out here. She also has two stories forthcoming: "Woman with a Crow" in Stone Voices and "Thirteen Minutes" in Cold Mountain Review. Congrats, Debra!

Misha Rai (MFA 2012) for her story, "Housewives, Mothers," forthcoming in Indiana Review. Stellar, Misha!

Daniel Rzicznek [MFA 2005] for his new chapbook of prose poems, Nag Champa in the Rain, debuting from Orange Monkey Publishing  at the 2014 AWP Meeting in Seattle. Congrats Dan!

Randy Michael Signor (MFA 1976), for a story published "A Later Version," and nominated by the editor for a Pushcart. Also, Long Story published "The Gypsies" and just out is "Big Pickle," in Black Clock.

Andrew Spiess (BFA 2012), for a Pushcart Prize nomination in poetry. Good luck, Andrew! 


Marc Sumerak (BFA 1998) From Marc's web site: "Sumerak is currently best known for his writing work on Marvel Comics' Power Pack and the Eisner & Harvey Award nominated Franklin Richards: Son of a Genius. He is also providing localized translations for Spider-Man J (as featured bi-monthly in Spider-man Family). In 2008, Sumerak was excited to be writing multiple issue story arcs for both Marvel Adventures: Avengers and Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man as well as a number of other new projects in development. Other clients that Sumerak has worked with include DC Comics, American Greetings, the Elks, SAMHSA, PBS Kids, Pepperidge Farm, Tyson Foods, Restaurant Business Magazine, Triple-A Baseball, SEGA, and more! Sumerak currently resides in Cleveland, OH."

Jason Teal (BFA candidate) for a poem to published in the next issue of Susquehanna Review. This is Jason's debut publication--with many more to come!

Qiana Towns (MFA 2008)--this from Qiana: "I wanted to share with you my latest endeavor. My poet/sister-friends and I are featured on the HerKind blog hosted by VIDA." Good to hear from you, Qiana!

Anne Valente (MFA 2010), whose short story collection, By Light We Knew Our Names, is winner of the 2011 Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Competition and will be published in 2014. She will also be attending the University of Utah's doctoral program in creative writing this fall. Awesome, Anne!

Tiffany Westberry (BFA), who has published a poem in the literary journal Reverie. Way to go, Tiffany!