Stephanie Willing (WFYP, June 2017) is the winner of the Best Audiobook Performance in Fiction at the 2023 One Voice Awards. She also has an article “5 Tips for Writing Middle-Grade Fiction” in Career Authors. She is also featured in a profile in Jungle Red Writers.

Andrea Wang’s (WFYP, June, 2011) new middle-grade book Summer at the Squee is now available for pre-order.

Katie Cotugno’s (Fiction, June 2015) new novel Meet the Benedettos is now available for pre-order.

Lyz Lenz (Fiction, June 2011) has a new memoir This American Ex-Wife: How I Ended My Marriage and Started My Life, now available for pre-order. She also has an article “If Ron DeSantis Has a Shot in Hell, It Starts Here” in The Rolling Stone.

Erin Belieu (Poetry, MFA faculty) has co-edited, along with Carl Philips, an essay collection Personal Best: Makers on Their Poems that Matter Most, forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press this fall.

Enzo Silon Surin’s (Poetry, 2012) collection American Scapegoat made the Small Press Distribution Poetry Bestsellers List for July 2023.

Michael Mercurio (Poetry, January 2017) has two poems “Existential Field Notes: Diner” and “Fingers are an invitation” in The Common. He will also be hosting a panel “In Praise of Legacy: Writers of Color and the Challenge of the Canon” at the 2024 AWP conference in Kansas City, and Enzo Silon Surin will be one of the speakers on the panel.

Pam Petro (Nonfiction, MFA faculty) discusses her memoir The Long Field in a interview in Washington Independent: Review of Books. The Long Field is now available in the USA at Skyhorse Publishing. Pam has another interview in Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb.

Jason Reynolds (WFYP, MFA faculty) received a starred review in Publishers Weekly for his new picture book There Was a Party for Langston.

Katherine Karch (WFYP, June 2018) has a flash short story “Between the Mountain and the Sea” in Metastellar: Speculative Fiction and Beyond.

Bonita Lee Penn’s (Poetry, January 2015) poem “something about Miles” was a finalist in the Summer 2023 issue of Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices.

Mary Ann Honaker’s (Poetry, June 2016) poem “To the Men on the Porch” is an Editor’s Pick in the Summer 2023 issue of Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices.

Amber Wong’s (Nonfiction, January 2014) essay “Can Abacuses Count That High?” is an Editor’s Pick in the Summer 2023 issue of Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices.

Caitlin T.D. Robinson (WFYP, June 2018) has two poems, “how I became a mother” and “her heartbeat” in the Summer 2023 issue of The Bread Loaf Journal.

Kate Fussner (WFYP, June 2021) is featured on the August 16th, 2021 edition of the podcast Reading With Your Kids, talking about her middle-grade novel The Song of Us.

Cindy House (Fiction, June 2017) is featured on the podcast Shot@Love in an episode titled “Take Your Broken Heart & Make It Into Art: Turning Challenges Into Creativity.”

Saraceia J. Fennell’s (WFYP, June 2020) anthology Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora is reviewed in LatinaMediaCo.

Amy Mevorach (Nonfiction, January 2023) has an essay “A Pearl, A Thumb, A Fish” in the Spring 2023 issue of Boulevard.

Rex Carey Arrasmith (Fiction, January 2018) has a 99-word flash story “Macedonia” in Written Tales Magazine.

Robbie Gamble (Poetry, January 2017) has three poems “Eaves,” “Phylum Chordata,” and “Cause” in the summer 2023 issue of Hole in the Head Review. He also has a prose poem “Transatlantic Blues” in the Fall 2023 issue of RockPaperPoem.


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  • – Special Issue call for Submissions, seeking work that speaks to all facets of the Black Appalachian/Black Rural experience. Deadline, October 31st.

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