August 2012 Archives

MFA Alum Wins American Book Award

what have you done to our ears to make us hear echoes? was the MFA thesis of Arlene Kim. While in the Creative Writing Program, she worked extensively with William Reichard and Professor Maria Damon. Reichard loved the manuscript so much he sent it to the editor of Milkweed Editions. And now, Kim's debut collection of poetry, published in 2011, has received a prestigious American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. As an MFA, Kim also received a Gesell Award in Poetry, an award for creative writing endowed by the Gesell Family.

Praise Grows for "The Orchardist"

The debut novel by 2005 MFA Program alum Amanda Coplin continues to garner praise. "The Orchardist," published by HarperCollins in early August 2012, has already landed on Publisher Weekly's top ten for fall list; O Magazine's top ten for fall 2012; and received rave reviews from The Washington Post, Seattle Times and Star Tribune. Coplin was also chosen for Barnes and Nobles "Discovr Great New Writers Series" for 2012. While in the program, Coplin studied with Edelstein-Keller Chair Charles Baxter. Baxter calls the book "patiently beautiful" and notes that "it does not feel like a first novel; it feels like a life's work." Coplin began the book while in the MFA Program. She will be on an extensive book tour throughout the fall and will be a guest during our "First Books" reading in March 2013.

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