Kate Fussner (WFYP, June 2021) has been longlisted for the Mass Book Awards for her queer middle-grade novel-in-verse The Song of Us, which was also listed in the Amazon 2024 Best Children’s Books of the Year, ages 12-14.

Enzo Silon Surin (Poetry, 2012) has been longlisted for the Mass Book Awards for his poetry collection American Scapegoat. He also has three poems: “In the Moonlight the Wings Telegraph,” “Limbs from the Sky,” and “At the Drive-thru of the Rest of My Life, Staring at the Menu” in the current issue of Transition: The Magazine of Africa and the Diaspora.

Amy Mevorach (Nonfiction, January 2023) has a review of Miss Chloe: A Memoir of Literary Friendship with Toni Morrison by A.J. Verdelle in the current issue of Calyx. An audio recording of her review is available here. She is also teaching two workshop series “Writing for Healing” this summer and fall.

Michelle Boland (Poetry, January 2019) has a poem “X” in the current issue of Calyx.

Kevin Prufer (Poetry,MFA Faculty) has received a Pushcart Prize for his poem “Memory,” originally published in the Southeast Review.

Andrea Wang (WFYP, June 2011) is cited in npr.org in an article “Celebrating AANHPI heritage month with cool recommendations from NPR staff” for her picture book Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuku Ando. Her middle-grade novel Summer at Squee is included in Read with Jenna Junior’s 2024 Summer Reading List.

Gene Luetkemeyer (Fiction, May 2015) was a finalist in the 2024 Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the Regional Fiction category for his novel My Year at the Good Bean Cafe.

Nada Samih-Rotondo (Fiction, June 2012) is on the shortlist of the 2024 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing for her memoir All Water Has Perfect Memory.

Robbie Gamble (Poetry, January 2017) has three poems out in the month of May: “Summit Scone” in Northern New England Review, “Ground Hog Day” in Sweet Tree Review, and “Etymology” in ONE ART.

Abbie Harlow (WFYP, June 2019) received news that her debut YA novel, Butterfly’s Sting, the story of a teenage girl’s efforts to save herself and her siblings from her abusive guardian, against the violent backdrop of an illegal boxing ring has been bought by Groundwood. Publication is slated for Fall 2025.

Sara Levine’s (WFYP, January 2006) picture book Sensitive is listed in the Amazon 2024 Best Children’s Books of the Year, ages 5-9.

Jason Reynolds (WFYP, MFA faculty) has written a new YA novel, Twenty-Four Seconds From Now… which is available for pre-order at Simon & Schuster. He was also named a 2024 Poet-Athlete Award Winner by Our Words Our City.

Katie Cotugno (Fiction, June 2015) has a new novel Liar’s Beach, published by Penguin Random House. She also has a forthcoming novel Heavy Hitter, now available for pre-order.

D. Dina Friedman (Fiction, January 2016) has been shortlisted for the 2024 Eric Hoffer Book Award for her novel Immigrants.

Julie Wittes Schlack (Nonfiction, June 2013) has two essays in Cognoscenti: “The Fearless Compassion of Alice Munro” and “My Mother Never Stopped Loving the World

Hunter Liguore (Fiction, 2012) has a new picture book Where Are You Going, Butterfly? forthcoming from Reycraft Books, now available for pre-order.

Kate Kearns (Poetry, June 2008) has two poems “Trying” and “Song of My Living Grandmother” in the Spring 2024 issue of Rustica. She also has four poems: “Back at the Party,” “Personal Essay on Intimacy,” “Lately I Worry There’s Nothing Left to Notice in My Everyday Days,” and “Love Poem to My School Friends” in Hole in the Head Review.

L Scully (Nonfiction, January 2023) is listed in BookCAMP in their feature “40 Under Forty” making a positive impact on the independent publishing world.

Rachel B. Moore (Fiction, June 2012) has a creative nonfiction piece (The Spin” in Slag Glass City.

Rachel Kadish (Fiction, MFA Faculty) is a spokesperson for Artists for Understanding, a new initiative from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities that brings together a diverse community of artists and cultural luminaries who share a common belief in the power of the arts and humanities to counter hate.

Mary Ann Honaker (Poetry, June 2016) has a poem “Abecedarian for the Rain” in POEM ALONE.

Deborah Sosin (Nonfiction, January 2015) has an essay “Write Like It Is: The Power of Group Freewriting” in The Brevity Blog.

Pamela Petro (Nonfiction, MFA Faculty) has an essay “Don’t ‘fall in love’ with your travel destination” in Salon.

Celeste Mohammed’s (Fiction, June 2016) short story, “Terre Brulée” was shortlisted for the 2024 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

Carnival Chaos, the first in the Moko Magic series by Tracey Baptiste (WFYP, MFA Writing Faculty) received a starred review from Publishers Weekly.

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