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."
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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.
Distinguished Visiting Writer
Please welcome poet Becca Klaver, who will be in residence Spring 2017!
The 2015 Louise Cooper Book Award for Best BFA Thesis in Progress is shared by John Clark and Delaney Miller.
Frank Baldanza Scholarship in English Studies goes to Delaney Miller (BFA)
Lowell P. Leland Book Award goes to Lillian King (BFA)
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
New Writers Joining us in Fall 2016:
And further congratulations to:
Abigail Cloud, whose poetry collection, Sylph, is out with Pleiades/LSU Press. It's is winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize.
Lawrence Coates for a novel, The Goodbye House (University of Nevada Press), and novella, Camp Olvido, resulting from his winning entry in Miami University of Ohio Press’s Novella Competition. Additionally, Lawrence is recipient of an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council and the Olscamp Research Award.
Wendell Mayo, whose chapbook, a collection of four stories, is runner-up in the Cutbank Annual Chapbook Competition. When the Moon Was Ours for the Taking will be published by Cutbank in 2017.
Sharona Muir, whose first novel, Invisible Beasts, is an International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Longlist selection and an Orion Book Award finalist.
Larisssa Szporluk, whose chapbook, Startle Pattern, was released by Willow Spring Books.
Theresa Williams, who has received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award and is finalist in the Women's New Voices competition for her chapbook, The Galaxy to Ourselves, which will be published by Finishing Line Press.
Students and Alumni:
Holly Amos (BFA 2005) for her debut collection of poems, Continual Guidance, with H_NGM_N Books.
Alison Balaskovits (MFA 2011) for winning the Santa Fe Writer’s Project Prize in Fiction, and debut collection of stories, Magic for Unlucky Girls, published with Santa Fe Writer’s Project Press.
Matt Bell (MFA 2010), whose new novel, Scrapper, is out with Soho Press.
Karen Craigo ( MFA 2000) for her debut collection of poems, No More Milk, forthcoming with Sundress Publications.
Edward Dougherty (MFA 1991), who has a new novel out, Grace Street (Cayuga Lake Books).
Jeff Fearnside (BFA, 1996), for his first collection of stories, publsihed by Stephen F. Austin State University Press: Making Love While Levitating Three Feet in the Air.
Melissa Fraterrigo (MFA 2000), whose second book, Glory Days, is forthcoming from University of Nebraska Press in 2017.
Amy Gustine (MFA 2002) who has published her first book, You Should Pity Us Instead, in 2016 with Sarabande Books to wide acclaim. It received starred reviews in Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus, and Booklist. A review in The New York Times called it “an affecting and wide-ranging debut.” She is also winner of an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council.
Dustin M. Hoffman (MFA 2009), who is winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction. His collection, One-Hundred-Knuckled Fist: Stories, will appear in Fall of 2016.
Saikat Majumdar (MFA 2001), whose novel, The Firebird, was released by Hachette Press. It has been short listed for The Atta Galatta-Bangalore Literature Festival Fiction Prize.
Gary McDowell (MFA 2007), who has won the Burnside Review Book Prize. His book of poems, Mysteries in a World that Thinks There Are None, is out with Burnside Review Press.
Caroline Morrell (MFA 2003), whose forthcoming collection of poems, Final Fort, is winner of the 2016 Brighthill Press Book Competition.
Eric Schlich (MFA 2012), who has won Hayden's Ferry's 2016 Short Fiction Contest with "When You Are Old and I Am Gray."
Anne Valente (MFA 2010), whose novel, Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down, is forthcoming with William Morrow in October 2016.
Heather Ware (BFA candidate), who has published two fictions: a flash piece in Outrageous Fortune Literary Magazine, and "How to Have a Body" in Pamplemousse.
Anna Rose Welch (MFA 2013), whose collection of poems, Noah's Woods, has won the Alice James Award and will appear with the press in 2018.