Erin Hoover anthologized in the 2016 Best American Poetry for her poem Girls picked by editor Edward Hirsch.

SJ Sindu has had her first novel, Marriage of a Thousand Lies, accepted for publication by Soho Press. The book will be released in spring 2017.

Yolanda J. Franklin named runner up in the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Poetry Contest, judged by Yusef Komunyakaa. Cocoa Williams, was also named a finalist in this contest for her submission.

Zack Strait's poem Blaze was accepted for publication in Poetry Magazine for their November 2015 issue. The poem can be found here

Kaveh Akbar profiled on PBS NewsHour and on the Poetry Foundation for his poem Palmyra, which discusses the death of Syrian archeologist Khaled Al-Asaad.

The short fiction of two-time Bread Loaf scholarship winner and Sewanee Fellow Matt Bondurant has appeared in journals such as Glimmer Train, The New England Review, and Prairie Schooner. His novel The Third Translation was published by Hyperion in April 2005 and it has been translated into 14 languages worldwide. His second novel The Wettest County in the World will be released by Scribners 2008. Film rights were recently purchased by Columbia Pictures. He recently accepted a tenure-track Fiction Writer job at SUNY Plattsburgh.


Susanna Childress won the Brittingham Poetry Prize for her collection, Jagged with Love (University of Wisconsin Press, 2006), chosen by Billy Collins.


John Crawford chose to attend FSU's Creative Writing Program shortly after the publication of his New York Times best-selling memoir, The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell. He is currently finishing his thesis in our MFA program.


Holly Wilson's story, Night Glow, has been chosen for inclusion in New Stories from the South. Her other work has been nominated for The Best American Nonrequired Reading, New Sudden Fiction and Best New American Voices.

Frank Giampietros poetry collection, Begin Anywhere, was published by Alice James Books in 2008. He is a PhD candidate in Poetry.


Dave Dickerson's memoir, House of Cards, is forthcoming from Riverhead Books (October, 2009). He lives in New York City and contributes to NPR's This American Life.

Jane Springer's poetry collection, Dear Blackbird, won the Agha Shahid Ali Prize (University of Utah Press, 2007). She teaches at Hamilton College.


Kara Candito's poetry collection, Taste of Cherry, won the 2008 Prairie Schooner Book Prize and will be published by University of Nebraska Press. She is a PhD candidate in Poetry.

Todd James Pierce was chosen by none other than Joan Didion to win the 2006 Drue Heinz Literature Prize for his collection of stories, Newsworld (University of Pittsburgh Press). He is also the author of The Australia Stories, a novel, and, with another FSU graduate Ryan Van Cleave, Behind the Short Story, which provides the "inside scoop" on how a successful story emerges from first to final draft. He is an Assistant Professor of English at Cal Poly University.


Steve Kistulentzs & Josephine Yus poems were selected by Mark Strand for inclusion in Best New Poets, 2008. This annual anthology showcases 50 writers, culled from nearly 2,000 nominees. FSU is the only program in the country to have two winners.

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