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Our Graduates

MFA@FLA has many distinguished graduates. Space restrictions prevent listing our many graduates with serial publications here (please see our Newsletter for serial publications). The restricted list below includes only our graduates since circa 1980 who have published at least one book, or who have held major fellowships or residencies, or who hold important positions in publishing.


Chris Adrian (BA, 1993)

  • The New World by Chris Adrian and Eli Horowitz (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015)
  • The Great Night: A Novel (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010)
  • A Better Angel (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008)
  • The Children’s Hospital (McSweeney’s, 2007)
  • Gob’s Grief (Broadway, 2001)
  • Stories in The Paris Review, Zoetrope: All-Story, The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Ploughshares, Story, Esquire, Tin House
  • Featured in The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40 Fiction Issue” (2010), which recognized “twenty young writers who capture the inventiveness and the vitality of contemporary American fiction.”

Rachel Alexandria (MFA, 2002)

  • Woman Overboard! Six Ways Women Avoid Conflict And One Way To Live Drama-Free (The Difference Press, 2014)

Jay Atkinson (MA, 1982)

  • Massacre on the Merrimack: Hannah Duston’s Captivity and Revenge in Colonial America(Globe Pequot, 2015), 2016 Massachusetts Book Award Honors in Nonfiction
  • Memoirs of a Rugby-Playing Man (Thomas Dunne Books, 2012)
  • Paradise Road: Jack Kerouac’s Lost Highway and My Search for America (Wiley, 2010)
  • Tauvernier Street (Livingston Press, University of West Alabama, 2010)
  • City in Amber (Livingston Press, 2007)
  • Legends of Winter Hill: Cops, Con Men, and Joe McCain, the Last Real Detective (Crown Publishers, 2005)
  • Ice Time (Crown Publishers, 2001), Publisher’s Weekly Notable Book of the Year
  • Caveman Politics (Breakaway Books, 1997), Barnes & Noble/Discover Great New Writers selection
  • Stories in Shenandoah, Crescent Review, Chattahootchee Review, West Branch, Pacific Review, and Boston magazine (“Jailbird,” winner of the Boston Magazine Fiction Prize)
  • Essays and opinion in The New York TimesBoston GlobeBoston HeraldNewsdayPortland OregonianMen’s HealthRunner’s WorldPoets & Writers; syndicated by The New York Times

Chris Bachelder (MFA, 2002)

  • The Throwback Special (Norton, 2016), finalist for the 2016 National Book Award, winner of Paris Review Terry Southern Prize for Humor
  • Abbott Awaits (Louisiana State University Press, 2011)
  • U.S.! (Bloomsbury, 2006)
  • Lessons in Virtual Tour Photography (McSweeney’s e-book, 2004)
  • Bear v. Shark (Scribner, 2001)
  • Stories and essays in The Paris ReviewHarper’sThe New York TimesMcSweeney’sThe BelieverThe Oxford American, and elsewhere
  • Judge for National Book Award in Fiction
  • Professor, University of Cincinnati

Bill Beverly (MFA, 1991)

  • Dodgers (Crown, 2016)
  • On the Lam: Narratives of Flight in J. Edgar Hoover’s America (Mississippi, 2003)
  • Co-editor, with Deborah Ager and John Poch, Old Flame: From the First 10 Years of 32 Poems Magazine (WordFarm, 2013)
  • Associate Professor and Chair of English, Trinity Washington University

John Brandon (MFA pending)

  • Further Joy (McSweeney’s, 2014)
  • A Million Heavens (McSweeney’s, 2013)
  • Citrus County (McSweeney’s, 2010), finalist, Young Lions Fiction Award
  • Arkansas (McSweeney’s, 2008)
  • Stories and articles in McSweeney’s, ESPN the Magazine, The Oxford American, The Pinch, The New York Times Magazine, Saw Palm, Tampa Review, GQ, The Believer, Mississippi Review, Subtropics
  • Grisham Fellow in Creative Writing, University of Mississippi, 2009-2010
  • Visiting Writer-in-Residence, University of Mississippi, 2010-2011
  • Tickner Writing Fellow, Gilman School, 2011-2012

Wendy Brenner (MFA, 1991)

  • Phone Calls from the Dead (Algonquin, 2001)
  • Large Animals in Everyday Life (Georgia, 1996; Norton, 1997), winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award
  • Stories and essays in AllureSeventeenTravel & LeisureMississippi ReviewThe Oxford AmericanNew England ReviewNew Stories from the SouthBest American Magazine Writing 2006, and Best American Essays 2014
  • Winner of the AWP Intro Journals Award, the Transatlantic Review/Henfield Foundation Award, and an NEA Fellowship
  • Associate Professor, University of North Carolina-Wilmington

Kevin Canty (MA, 1990)

  • The Underworld (Norton, 2017)
  • Best American Short Stories 2015
  • Everything (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2010)
  • Where the Money Went (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2009)
  • Winslow in Love (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2005)
  • Honeymoon and Other Stories (Doubleday, 2001)
  • Nine Below Zero (Doubleday, 1999)
  • Into the Great Wide Open (Doubleday, 1997)
  • A Stranger in This World (Doubleday, 1994)
  • Stories in The New YorkerGranataEsquireStoryMissouri ReviewGQ,Tin House
  • Essays in VogueThe New York Times, Sophisticated TravelerDetails
  • Winner of the Transatlantic Review/Henfield Foundation Award and the Pacific Northwest Bookseller’s Association Award
  • Professor, University of Montana

Peter Christopher (MFA, 1996) (Deceased)

  • Campfires of the Dead (Knopf, 1989)
  • Stories in RaritanThe Antioch ReviewAmerican Literary ReviewNew LettersColumbia: A Journal of Literature and Art
  • NEA Fellowship in Literature
  • Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University

Michael W. Cox (MA, 1988)

  • The Best Way to Get Even (MAMMOTH, 2017)
  • Against the Hidden River (MAMMOTH, 2013)
  • Short fiction in ACMCimarron ReviewColumbiaPassages North, and Salt Hill
  • Nonfiction in New LettersRiver TeethKestrelThe New York Times Magazine, and the Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction
  • Creative Prose Editor of Pennsylvania English
  • Associate Professor of English at University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

Charlie Geer (MFA, 2001)

  • Outbound: The Curious Secession of Latter-day Charleston (River City Publishing, 2005)
  • Stories and essays in The Southern ReviewMcSweeney’sThe SunKugelmassTin House, and other publications

Peter Grimes (MFA, 2003)

  • Stories in NarrativeMississippi ReviewLake EffectCream City ReviewHayden’s Ferry ReviewGulf StreamCopper NickelMid-American ReviewBrandPackingtown Review, forthcoming in Sycamore Review
  • Assistant Professor of English, Dickinson State University
  • Director, Heart River Writers’ Circle visiting author series, Dickinson State University

Noy Holland (MFA, 1994)

  • I Was Trying to Describe What it Feels Like: New and Selected Stories (Counterpoint, 2017)
  • Bird (Counterpoint, 2015)
  • Swim for the Little One First (Fiction Collective Two, 2012)
  • What Begins with Bird (Fiction Collective Two, 2005)
  • Spectacle of the Body (Knopf, 1994)
  • Stories in ConjunctionsKenyon ReviewAntiochPloughsharesThe QuarterlyGlimmer TrainNoon, and Catapult
  • Essays and interviews in The BelieverElectric LiteratureLitHubPost RoadNumero Cinq, and Publishers Weekly
  • Winner of a Bread Loaf fellowship, a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and an NEA fellowship
  • Professor and past Director of Creative Writing, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Writer in Residence, Phillips Andover

David Johansson (BA, 1986)

  • Skin of Sunset (Squire, 2008)
  • Professor of English at Eastern Florida State College
  • British Council Delegate, Oxford and Cambridge, 2004, 2007
  • Vance Endowed Faculty Chair, 2009

Rachel Khong (MFA, 2011)

Victoria Lancelotta (MFA, 1994)

  • Coeurs Blesses (Editions Phebus, 2009)
  • Far (Counterpoint, 2003)
  • Here in the World (Counterpoint, 2000)
  • Stories in Glimmer TrainThe Threepenny ReviewMississippi ReviewBlack Warrior ReviewAGNIThe Massachusetts Review, and Best American Short Stories
  • Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the MacDowell Colony, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference
  • Winner of the Henfield/Transatlantic Award, a Tennessee Individual Artist Grant, a Maryland State Individual Artist Grant, and an NEA Fellowship

Daniel Levine (MFA, 2006)

  • Hyde (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014)

Margaret Luongo (MFA, 2001)

  • History of Art (LSU Press, 2016)
  • If the Heart is Lean (Louisiana State University Press, 2008)
  • Stories in Tin HouseJaneKalliopeThe Montserrat ReviewFenceBrilliant Corners, New South, North American Review, The Cincinnati Review, Granta on-line,and Pushcart Prize XXVIII: Best of the Small Presses
  • Associate Professor, Miami University of Ohio

Michael J. MacLeod (MFA Pending)

  • The Brave Ones: A Memoir of Hope, Pride, and Military Service (Grand Harbor Press, 2015)
  • Short story “Horn Hunters” in Best of the West, 2011
  • Military Journalist of the Year, 2012
  • Articles and photojournalism in TimeHuffington PostMother JonesFox NewsCNNCorbis ImagesArmy TimesBusiness Insider, the Atlantic, and the Long War Journal
  • Professional photographer and owner of Sunrift Studios

Mike Magnuson (MFA, 1997)

  • Bike Tribes: A Field Guide to North American Cyclists (Rodale Books, 2012)
  • Heft on Wheels (Harmony, 2004)
  • Lummox: The Evolution of a Man (HarperCollins, 2002)
  • The Fire Gospels (HarperCollins, 1998)
  • The Right Man For the Job (HarperCollins, 1997), cited by Library Journal as one of the best books of 1997
  • Stories and articles in Esquire and GQ
  • Contributing writer with Bicycling magazine
  • Associate Professor and past Director, MFA program, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Christopher Merkner (MFA, 2001)

  • The Rise and Fall of the Scandamerican Domestic: Stories (Coffee House Press, 2014)
  • Stories in Black Warrior ReviewChicago Tribune: Printers Row JournalCincinnati ReviewCutbankDIAGRAMFive PointsFairy Tale ReviewGettysburg ReviewGulf CoastHotel AmerikaMidwestern GothicNew Orleans ReviewNew World WritingSubtropicsThe Collagist
  • Stories anthologized in Best American Mystery Stories & O. Henry Prize Stories
  • Assistant Professor, West Chester University

Sam Michel (MFA, 1994)

  • Strange Cowboy: Lincoln Dahl Turns Five (Tyrant Books 2012)
  • Big Dogs and Flyboys: A Novel (Southern Methodist University Press, 2007)
  • Under the Light (Knopf, 1991)
  • Stories in Epoch and Massachusetts Review
  • Writer in Residence, Phillips Andover and Visiting Lecturer, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Emily Jeanne Miller (MFA, 2002)

  • The News From the End of the World (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017)
  • Brand New Human Being (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012)
  • Fellowships from Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, and The Sewanee Writers’ Conference
  • Stories in North American Review and the Portland Review

Kevin Moffett (BA, 1996; MFA pending)

  • The Silent History (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2014)
  • Further Interpretations of Real-Life Events (Harper Perennial, 2012)
  • Permanent Visitors (University of Iowa Press, 2006)
  • Fiction in McSweeney’sHarvard ReviewTin HouseThe Chicago TribuneThe Best American Short Stories (2006, 2009, 2010), The Iowa ReviewNew Stories from the South: The Year’s Best; nonfiction in The BelieverA Public SpaceThe Guardian (U.K.)
  • Stories and essays in Arts & LettersSilk Road ReviewLos Angeles Review of BooksGulf CoastSalonEssay DailyThe Greensboro ReviewThe Oxford Anthology of Bengali LiteratureThe Writer’s Chronicle (online); forthcoming in The Kenyon Review and Kweli
  • Columnist for the Indian magazine Scroll
  • Coordinator, Grand Valley Writers Series
  • Associate Editor, Aster(ix)
  • Recipient of The Nelson Algren Award for Short Fiction, The Iowa Short Fiction Award, a Pushcart Prize, The National Magazine Award in Fiction, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and an NEA Fellowship in Literature
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Claremont-McKenna College
  • Faculty at the University of Tampa low-res MFA

Oindrila Mukherjee (MFA, 2004)

  • 2009–2011 Emory University Creative Writing Fellow in Fiction
  • A translated poem anthologized in The Oxford Anthology of Bengali Literature (Oxford University Press, 2011)
  • Assistant Professor, Grand Valley State University

Michael Newirth (MFA, 1995)

  • Essays and stories in The BafflerOpen CityChicago ReaderPushcart Prize XXIIBoob Jubilee: The Cultural Politics of the New Economy
  • Fiction Editor, Bridge Magazine
  • Lecturer, University of Illinois at Chicago and the MCW program at Northwestern’s School of Continuing Studies

Maud Newton (BA, 1993)

  • Essays and stories in Harper’sThe New York Times MagazineNarrativeThe New York Times Book ReviewBookforumGrantaMediumTin House, the Los Angeles Times Book ReviewHumanitiesNPRSwinkOxford American, and many other publications.
  • Essays anthologized in the Best American Travel Essays 2015 and Best American Essays 2015
  • Winner of the 2009 Narrative Prize for fiction and the 2004 Irwin and Alice Stark Short Fiction Prize

Christina Nichol (MFA, 2012)

  • Essays published in SubtropicsLucky PeachLonely PlanetParis ReviewGuernicaHarper’s, and The Wall Street Journal
  • Waiting for Electricity (Overlook, 2014)
  • Winner of the 2012 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award
  • Gold Medal Winner in First Fiction at the California Book Awards
  • Philip Roth Writer in Residence at Bucknell University

Jason Ockert (BA, 1995)

  • Wasp Box (Panhandler Books, 2015)
  • Neighbors of Nothing (Dzanc Books, 2013), winner of the 2010 Dzanc Short Story Collection contest
  • Rabbit Punches (Low Fidelity Press, 2006)
  • Stories in McSweeney’s, The Oxford American, The Iowa Review, Ecotone, Witness, New Stories form the South, Best American Mystery Stories
  • Professor of English at Coastal Carolina University

Daniel O’Malley

  • Professor at Marshall University
  • Story in Best American Short Stories

Jeff Parker (BA, 1996)

  • Co-Editor, A Manner of Being: Writers on their Mentors (UMass Press, 2015)
  • Erratic Fire, Erratic Passion: The Poetry of Sportstalk (Featherproof, 2015)
  • Where Bears Roam the Streets (Harper Collins, 2014)
  • The Taste of Penny (Dzanc Books, 2010)
  • Ovenman (Tin House Books, 2007)
  • Co-Editor, Rasskazy: New Fiction from a New Russia (Tin House Books, 2009) and Amerika: Russian Writers View the U.S. (Dalkey Archive, 2004)
  • Stories and essays in American Short FictionThe Best American Nonrequired ReadingPloughsharesTin HouseThe Walrus
  • Assistant Professor, MFA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Imad Rahman (MFA, 2001)

  • I Dream of Microwaves (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004)
  • Wisconsin Fellowship
  • Assistant Professor, Cleveland State University
  • Director, Imagination Writers Conference

Dave Reidy (MFA, 2006)

  • The Voiceover Artist: A Novel (Curbside Splendor, 2015)
  • Captive Audience: Stories (Ig Publishing, 2009)
  • A story in Granta

Paul Reyes (MFA, 1997)

  • Exiles in Eden: Life Among the Ruins of Florida’s Great Recession (Henry Holt & Co., 2010)
  • Essays in Harper’sThe New York TimesSlate, the Los Angeles Times Book ReviewDetailsMen’s VogueMississippi Review
  • 2009 National Magazine Award finalist for Feature Writing
  • NEA Fellowship in Literature
  • Former assistant editor, Harper’s Magazine; former editor at large, The Oxford American
  • Editor, Virginia Quarterly Review

Rhonda Riley (MFA, 1991)

  • The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope (Ecco, 2013)

Richard Schmitt (BA, 1995)

  • The Aerialist (Overlook Press, 2000)
  • Stories in BlackbirdPuerto del SolGulf CoastFlywayMarlboro Review
  • An essay in Best American Essays 2013
  • Associate Professor, West Virginia Wesleyan College

Russ Schneider(MA, 1986) (Deceased)

  • Siege (Doubleday, 2003)
  • Gotterdammerung 1945: Germany’s Last Stand in the East (Eastern Front Books, 1998)
  • Demyansk: More Tales from the Russian Wilderness 1941-45 (Neue Paradies Verlag, 1995)
  • Madness Without End: Tales of Horror from the Russian Wilderness 1941-45 (Neue Paradies Verlag, 1994)

Gail Shepherd (MFA, 1985)

  • South By Southeast (Kathy Dawson Books / Penguin, 2016)

John L. Sheppard (MFA, 1994)

  • Doug Liberty Presents Bandit the Dancing Raccoon (Paragraph Line Books, 2018)
  • White Trash Lotto (Paragraph Line Books, 2017)
  • Sometimes Fatal Events Have Occurred (Paragraph Line Books, 2017)
  • Explosive Decompression: A Novel (Paragraph Line Books, 2016)
  • After the Jump (Paragraph Line Books, 2015)
  • Escape from Mondo Tiki Island (Paragraph Line Books, 2015)
  • No Brass, No Ammo (Moonshine Cove Books, 2014)
  • Alpha Mike Foxtrot (Paragraph Line Books, 2012)
  • Tales of the Peacetime Army (Paragraph Line Books, 2007)
  • Small Town Punk (lg Publishing, 2007)

Emma Smith-Stevens (MFA, 2013)

  • The Australian (Dzanc Books, 2017)
  • Greyhounds (Dzanc Books, 2018)
  • Faculty, Bard Prison Initiative


August J. Specht II (BA, 1987)

  • Jefferson’s Sword: Meriwether Lewis: Witness to Thomas Jefferson’s Duplicitous Plots (CreateSpace, 2010)
  • How to Close Sales Appointments: Meet the Right People at the Right Time with the Right Strategy (iUniverse, 2005)

Eva Talmadge (BA, 2003)

  • Co-editor, with Justin Taylor, The Word Made Flesh: Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Worldwide (Harper Perennial, 2010)
  • Stories in Subtropics, the Agriculture ReaderThe New York TyrantNew Orleans Reviewelimae
  • Resident, MacDowell Colony (2009) and Ucross (2011)
  • Former literary agent, Emma Sweeney Agency

Matt Tarses (MFA, 1993)

  • Consulting Producer, Men at Work
  • Creator/Series Producer, Mad Love
  • Executive Producer, Worst Week
  • Co-Executive Producer/Consulting Producer, Scrubs
  • Co-Producer/Producer, Sports Night
  • Writer, Mad Love, Worst Week, Scrubs, Norm, Sports Night, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Justin Taylor (BA, 2004)

  • Riding with the Ghost: A Memoir (Random House, 2020)
  • Flings (Harper Collins, 2014)
  • The Gospel of Anarchy (Harper Perennial, 2011)
  • Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever (Harper Perennial, 2010)
  • Co-editor, with Eva Talmadge, The Word Made Flesh: Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Worldwide (Harper Perennial, 2010)
  • Editor, The Apocalypse Reader (Thunder’s Mouth, 2007) and Come Back, Donald Barthelme(McSweeney’s, 2007)
  • Essays in The New York Times Book ReviewThe BelieverBookforumThe Oxford American
  • Has taught graduate and/or undergraduate courses at Columbia University, New York University, Sarah Lawrence College, The New School, and the Pratt Institute

Aaron Thier (MFA, 2012)

  • The World is a Narrow Bridge (Bloomsbury 2018)
  • NEA Literature Fellowship 2016
  • Mr. Eternity (Bloomsbury, 2016)
  • The Ghost Apple (Bloomsbury, 2014)
  • Co-editor, with David Leavitt, 23 Great Stories (Signet Classics, 2013)
  • Essays and reviews in The NationThe New Republic, and The Buenos Aires Review

Kevin Wilson (MFA, 2004)

  • Nothing to See Here (Ecco, 2019)
  • Baby, You’re Gonna Be Mine (Ecco, 2018)
  • Perfect Little World (HarperCollins, 2017)
  • The Family Fang (Ecco, 2011)
  • Tunneling to the Center of the Earth (Ecco, 2009), winner, 2009 Alex Award from the American Library Association and 2009 Shirley Jackson Award for Short Story Collection
  • Stories in PloughsharesOne StoryGreensboro ReviewTin House,Cincinnati ReviewNew Stories from the South 2005New Stories from the South 20052006, 2009, 2010
  • Resident, McDowell Colony (2004), KHN Center for the Arts, and Yaddo
  • Assistant Professor of English and Coordinator of the Certificate of Creative Writing, Sewanee: The University of the South.

Martin Wilson (MFA, 1998)

  • We Now Return to Regular Life (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2017)
  • What They Always Tell Us (Delacorte Press, 2008)
  • Stories and essays in Virgin Fiction 2Pieces: A Collection of New VoicesRebel Yell 2Rush HourTin HousePublishers WeeklyAustin Chronicle, and One Teen Story
  • Winner of the Transatlantic Review/Henfield Foundation Award and the Alabama Author Award for best young adult book
  • Senior Publicity Manager, HarperCollins

Diane Zinna (MFA, 1998)

  • Director of Membership for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP)


Eve Adamson (MFA, 1991)

  • Yeah Baby!: The Modern Mama’s Guide to Mastering Pregnancy, Having a Healthy Baby, and Bouncing Back Better Than Ever with Jillian Michaels (Rodale, 2016)
  • The Southern Education of a Jersey Girl: Adventures in Life and Love in the Heart of Dixie for Jaime Primak Sullivan (Touchstone, 2016)
  • The Age Fix: A Leading Plastic Surgeon Reveals How to Really Look 10 Years Younger for Anthony Youn, M.D. (Grand Central Life & Style, 2016)
  • Fast Metabolism Food Rx: 7 Powerful Prescriptions to Feed Your Body Back to Health for Haylie Pomroy, BS. WC (Harmony, 2016)
  • The Prime: Prepare and Repair Your Body for Spontaneous Weight Lossf or Kulreet Chaudhary, M.D. (Harmony, 2016)
  • I Suck at Relationships So You Don’t Have To: 10 Rules for Not Screwing Up Your Happily Ever After for Bethenny Frankel (Touchstone, 2015) New York Times best seller
  • The Piper Protocol: The Insider’s Secret to Weight Loss and Internal Fitness for Tracy Piper (William Morrow, 2014)
  • The Burn: Why Your Scale is Stuck and What to Eat About It, for Haylie Pomroy, BS WC (Harmony, 2014) New York Times best seller
  • Jennifer’s Way: My Journey with Celiac Disease, for Jennifer Esposito (De Capo, 2014)
  • The Wahls Protocol, for Dr. Terry Wahls (Penguin 2014)
  • The 1-1-1 Diet, for Rania Batayneh, MPH (Rodale, 2013)
  • The Fast Metabolism Diet, for Haylie Pomroy, BS. WC, (Crown, 2013), a #1 New York Times best seller, #1 best seller, #1 Barnes & Noble best seller
  • Skinnygirl Solutions, for Bethenny Frankel (Simon & Schuster, 2013)
  • Supermodel YOU!, for Sarah Deanna (Hay House, 2013)
  • Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum’s Heart Book, for Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum (Penguin, 2013)
  • Baby Steps, for Elisabeth Röhm (De Capo, 2013)
  • Skinnydipping: A Novel, for Bethenny Frankel (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, 2012), a New York Times best seller
  • Real Moms Love to Eat, with Beth Aldrich (Penguin, 2012)
  • The Organic Nanny’s Guide to a Healthy Child, with Barbara Rodriguez (Perseus, 2012)
  • Place of Yes: 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out of Life, for Bethenny Frankel (Touchstone, 2011), a New York Times best seller
  • Cooking Basics for Dummies, revised 4th edition, with Bryan Miller (Wiley, 2011)
  • 365 Ways to Reduce Stress (Adams Media, 2010)
  • The Skinnygirl Dish: Easy Recipes for Your Naturally Thin Life, for Bethenny Frankel (Touchstone, 2009), a New York Times best seller)
  • Naturally Thin: Unleash Your SkinnyGirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting, for Bethenny Frankel (Touchstone, 2009), a New York Times best seller)
  • Pets Gone Green: Live a More Eco-Conscious Life with Your Pets (Bowtie, 2009)
  • The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Chakras, with Betsy Rippentrop, Ph.D. (Alpha, 2009)
  • Chow Hound (Sterling, 2009)
  • The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Gluten-Free Eating, with Tricia Thompson, RD (Alpha, 2007)
  • Winner of the 2007 ASPCA Humane Issues Award for Adopting a Pet for Dummies (Wiley, 2005)
  • Mediterranean Women Stay Slim Too: Eating to be Sexy, Fit & Fabulous, with Mellisa Kelly (HarperCollins, 2006)
  • HarperEssentials Beer Guide (HarperEssentials, 2006)
  • Many more book publications between 1996-2006, available upon request
  • Inducted into the Dog Writer’s Hall of Fame, 2012
  • Eukanuba Canine Health Award for the best article on pet health in 2012
  • CD: The Dick Watson Trio, Live at the Lighthouse III featuring Eve Adamson
  • Lives and works in Iowa City as an author, freelance writer, and book collaborator/ghostwriter for celebrities and established professionals

Deborah Ager (MFA, 1997)

  • The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary American Jewish Poetry (Bloomsbury 2013)
  • Old Flame: From the First Ten Years of 32 Poems (2012)
  • Midnight Voices (Cherry Grove Collections, 2009)
  • Poems in The Georgia Review, Quarterly West, Gargoyle Magazine, New England Review, and American Literary Review
  • Residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts
  • Fellowship from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
  • Founding editor of 32 Poems Magazine

Carin Besser (MFA, 1996)

  • Former fiction editor, The New Yorker

Joe Bolton (MA, 1988) (Deceased)

  • The Last Nostalgia: Poems 1982–1990, ed. by Donald Justice (Arkansas, 1999)
  • Days of Summer Gone (Galileo, 1990)
  • Poems in The New CriterionThe New RepublicNorth American ReviewPoetryThreepenny ReviewYale Review

William Bowers (MFA, 1999)

  • All We Read Is Freaks (Harcourt, forthcoming)
  • Essays and criticism in MagnetThe Oxford American, Pitchfork,No Depression,White Noise: The Eminen Collection

Geoffrey Brock (MFA, 1998)

  • Voices Bright Flags (Waywiser, 2014), winner of the 9th Anthony Hecht Prize
  • Weighing Light (Ivan R. Dee, 2005), winner, 2004 New Criterion Poetry Prize
  • Translator, Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi (NYRB Classics, 2008), Skylark Farm by Antonia Arslan (Knopf, 2006); The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco (Harcourt, 2005); K. by Roberto Calasso (Knopf, 2005); and Disaffections: Complete Poems 1930–1950by Cesare Pavese (Copper Canyon, 2002)
  • Editor, The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Italian Poetry (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2012)
  • Winner of the John Frederick Nims Memorial Prize from Poetry, the Lewis Galantière Award from the American Translators Association, the Lois Roth Award from the MLA, and the PEN Center USA Translation Award
  • Poems and translations in PoetryParis ReviewSouthern ReviewThe New RepublicThe New YorkerBest American Poetry 2007
  • Residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Millay Colony, and the American Academy in Rome
  • Fellowships from the Academy of American Poets (Raiziss/de Palchi Translation Fellowship), the Florida Arts Council, the American Antiquarian Society, Stanford University (Wallace Stegner Fellowship), the National Endowment for the Arts, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library
  • Professor, University of Arkansas

David Caplan (MFA, 1994)

  • Rhyme’s Challenge: Hip Hop, Poetry, and Contemporary Rhyming Culture (Oxford University, 2014)
  • In the World He Created According to His Will (University of Georgia Press / VQR Poetry Series, 2010)
  • Poetic Form: An Introduction (Longman, 2005)
  • Questions of Possibility: Contemporary Poetry and Poetic Form (Oxford, 2004; paperback, 2006)
  • Essays in Virginia Quarterly ReviewAntioch ReviewNew England ReviewNew Literary History, and in essay collections published in America, Germany, Belgium, and France
  • Winner of the 2012 Emily Clark Balch Prize for Poetry from the Virginia Quarterly Review
  • Two-time Fulbright Lecturer in American Literature, University of Liège (Belgium)
  • Poetics Fellow, The Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Emory University
  • Contributing Editor, Virginia Quarterly Review
  • Affiliated Researcher (Chercheur Affilié), Centre Interdisciplinaire de Poétique Appliquée, University of Liège (Belgium)
  • Charles M. Weis Chair in English, Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Contributing Editor to Pleiades

Leah Carroll (MFA, 2007)

  • Down City: A Daughter’s Story of Love, Memory, and Murder (Grand Central Publishing, 2017)
  • Fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the MacDowell Colony
  • Stories and articles in The New York TimesThe AtlanticNew York magazine, MaximInterview, and Guernica
  • Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick for 2017

Rick Chess (MA, 1984)

  • Third Temple (University of Tampa Press, 2007)
  • Chair in the Desert (University of Tampa Press, 2000)
  • Tekiah (University of Georgia 1994; reissued by University of Tampa Press, 2000)
  • Professor, University of North Carolina at Asheville, and Director, UNCA’s Center for Jewish Studies

Geri Doran (MFA, 1995)

  • Sanderlings companion CD (Tupelo Press, 2014), read by the author, with music by Jeffrey Levine
  • Sanderlings (Tupelo Press, 2011), a finalist for the Oregon Book Award in Poetry
  • Resin (LSU Press, 2005), winner of the 2004 Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets
  • Poems in The New RepublicThe Atlantic MonthlyNew England ReviewTriQuarterly, and Southwest Review
  • Recipient of the Wallace Stegner Fellowship, the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, and fellowships/scholarships from the Oregon Arts Commission, Literary Arts, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and Sewanee Writers’ Conference
  • Residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts and Vermont Studio Center
  • Associate Professor, University of Oregon

Jeffrey Franklin (MFA, 1991, PhD, 1995)

  • Sprit Matters: Weird Religion in Nineteenth-Century Great Britain Cornell UP, 2017
  • The Lotus and the Lion: Buddhism and the British Empire (Cornell University Press, 2008)
  • For the Lost Boys (Ghost Road Press, 2006)
  • Serious Play: The Cultural Form of the Nineteenth-Century Realist Novel (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999)
  • Associate Vice Chancellor, University of Colorado Denver

Natalie J. Graham (MFA, 2005)

  • Begin with a Failed Body (University of Georgia Press, 2017) Winner, 2016 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, selected by Kwame Dawes
  • Poems have appeared in CallalooNew England ReviewValley Voices: A Literary Review, and Southern Humanities Review
  • Articles are forthcoming in The Journal of Popular Culture and Transition
  • Assistant professor of African American Studies at California State University, Fullerton

Jerry Harp (MFA,1991)

  • Wrote the afterword to Utopia: Second Edition by Thomas More (Yale University Press, 2014)
  • A Poetry Criticism Reader (2010)
  • For Us, What Music?: The Life and Poetry of Donald Justice (University of Iowa Press, 2010)
  • Editor (with Jan Weissmiller), A Poetry Criticism Reader (University of Iowa Press, 2006)
  • Urban Flowers, Concrete Plains (Salt Publishing, 2005)
  • Gatherings (Ashland Poetry Press, 2004), co-winner, 2004 Robert McGovern Publication Prize
  • Creature (Salt Publishing, 2003)
  • Poems in the Best American Poetry (2009), ImageThe Iowa ReviewKenyon ReviewNotre Dame ReviewPleiadesRuminateSpoon River Poetry Review, and Subtropics
  • Poetry Reviews in Pleiades
  • Associate Professor with Term, Lewis & Clark University

Robert Bernard Hass (MFA, 1987)

  • Counting Thunder (David Robert Books, 2008)
  • Going by Contraries: Robert Frost’s Conflict With Science (University of Virginia Press, 2002)
  • Professor, Edinboro University

Rhoda Janzen (MA, 1989)

  • Mennonite Meets Mr. Right (Grand Central Publishing, 2013)
  • Does This Church Make Me Look Fat? (Grand Central Publishing, 2012)
  • Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home (Henry Holt and Co., 2009), a New York Times bestseller
  • Babel’s Stair (WordTech Communications, 2006)
  • Associate Professor, Hope College

Hilary Jacqmin (MFA, 2012)

  • Missing Persons (Waywiser Press, 2017)

Allen Jih (MFA, 2006)

  • According to Discretion (Unicorn Press, 2015), co-written with fellow MFA@FLA alum Adam Vines
  • As “Tristan,” aerialist and acrobat with Cirque du Soleil
  • Website:

Noelle Kocot (MFA, 1995)

  • Phantom Pains of Madness (Wave Books, 2016)
  • Soul in Space (Wave Books, 2013)
  • The Bigger World (Wave Books, 2011)
  • Damon’s Room (Wave Books Pamphlet Series, 2010), a discography
  • Sunny Wednesday (Wave Books, 2009)
  • Poem for the End of Time and Other Poems (Wave Books, 2006)
  • The Raving Fortune (Four Way Books, 2004)
  • 4 (Four Way Books, 2001), winner of the Levis Prize
  • Poems in Best American Poetry (2001, 2012, 2013), Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton AnthologyNew American WritingThe Iowa ReviewFenceAnother Chicago Magazine, andAmerican Poetry Review
  • Winner of the 1997 S.J. Marks Memorial Prize
  • Recipient of grants and awards from The Academy of American Poets, The Fund for Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The Lannan Literary Foundation, and the NEA
  • Thesis Adviser and Thesis Reader, Columbia University
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, The New School

Andrew Kozma (MFA, 2002)

  • City of Regret (Zone 3 Press, 2007)

Matthew Ladd (MFA, 2006)

  • The Book of Emblems (Waywiser Press, 2010); winner, 2009 Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize
  • Poems in The Paris ReviewVirginia Quarterly ReviewYale Review32 PoemsAntioch ReviewSouthern Review
  • Criticism in The Threepenny ReviewThe American ScholarWest BranchBookforum, and Birmingham Poetry Review
  • Currently a securities litigator in New York

Margaret Mackinnon (MFA, 1991)

  • The Invented Child (Silverfish Review Press, 2013), winner of the Gerald Cable Book Award and the 2014 Poetry Award by the Library of Virginia
  • Poems published in PoetryImageGeorgia ReviewHampden-Sydney Poetry ReviewCrab Orchard Review, and elsewhere
  • Prizes include Richard Eberhart Poetry Prize from Florida State University and Graybeal-Gowen Award from Washington and Lee University
  • Tennessee Williams Scholar at Sewanee Writers’ Conference
  • Residency at Vermont Studio Center

Randall Mann (MFA, 1997)

  • Proprietary (Persea Books, 2017)
  • Straight Razor (Persea Books, 2013)
  • Breakfast with Thom Gunn (University of Chicago Press, 2009)
  • Writing Poems (Pearson Longman, 2007)
  • Complaint in the Garden (Zoo Press, 2004), winner, 2003 Kenyon Review Prize in Poetry for a First Book
  • Poems in the Kenyon ReviewNew RepublicParis ReviewPoetrySalmagundi, and the Washington Post
  • Essays and criticism in the Los Angeles Review of BooksContemporary Poetry Review,Kenyon ReviewPleiades, and Verse
  • Recipient of the J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize from Poetry
  • Finalist, California Book Award and Lambda Literary Award
  • Visiting Professor, University of Missouri at Kansas City
  • Contributing Editor, Copper Nickel

Mark McKain (MFA, 2004)

  • Blue Sun (Aldrich Press/Kelsay Books, 2015)

Arthur McMaster (MFA, 2004)

  • Givings and Misgivings (Main Street Rag Publishing Company, 2019)
  • The Spy Who Came Down with a Cold (Finishing Line Press, 2011)
  • Musical Muse: Wives and Lovers of the Great Composers (Orchard Park Press, 2007)
  • Poems and stories in Southwest Review, North American Review, Subtropics, Wisconsin Review, Poet Lore, Poetry East
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Converse College

Donald Morrill (MA, 1985)

  • Impetuous Sleeper (Mid-List Press, 2009)
  • With Your Back to Half the Day (Anhinga Press, 2005)
  • The Untouched Minutes (University of Nebraska Press, 2004), winner, 2004 River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Award
  • Sounding for Cool (Michigan State University Press, 2002)
  • A Stranger’s Neighborhood (Duquesne University Press, 1998)
  • At the Bottom of the Sky (Mid-List Press, 1998)
  • Poetry in North American ReviewNew England ReviewThe Kenyon ReviewCrab Orchard ReviewThe Southern ReviewPrairie Schooner
  • Nonfiction in Creative Nonfiction, The Georgia Review, Southwest Review, Fourth Genre, Manoa, Five Points, Grand Tour, Bellingham Review, Another Chicago Magazine, and anthologized inThe Art of Creative Nonfiction (John Wiley & Sons, 1997)
  • Winner of the Anne Halley Poetry Prize, The Massachusetts Review, 2010; the Mid-List First Series Award; the Community Residency Award from the Writer’s Voice Project of the national YMCA; and The Missouri Review Editors’ Prize for Nonfiction
  • Fulbright Lecturer in American Literature at the University of Lodz, Poland, 1988-89
  • Dr. R. Bruce & Barbara G. Bedell Writer-in-Residence, University of Iowa, Spring 2006
  • Tammis Day Poet-In Residence, Smith College, Spring 2011
  • MFA Associate Faculty, Antioch University Los Angeles
  • Associate Dean of Graduate and Continuing Studies and Dana Professor of English, University of Tampa

Phoebe North (MFA, 2009)

  • Starbreak (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2014)
  • Starglass (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013)
  • Poems and stories in elimaeStrange HorizonsNight TrainNth PositionWeave, and Umbrella, and anthologized in Playthings of the Gods (Drollerie Press, 2011)

Hai-Dang Phan (MFA, 2013)

  • Reenactments (Sarabande Books, 2019)
  • Small Wars (Convulsive Editions, 2016)
  • Best American Poetry 2016
  • Winner, Frederick Bock Prize, Poetry
  • Poems in Bennington ReviewjubilatNew England ReviewThe New YorkerPoetryPublic Pool, and Prelude
  • Assistant Professor of English, Grinnell College

John Poch (MFA, 1997)

  • Between Two Rivers (2017)
  • Fix Quiet (St. Augustine Press, 2014), winner, 2014 New Criterion Poetry Prize
  • Dolls (Orchises Press, 2009)
  • Two Men Fighting with a Knife (Story Line Press, 2008), winner, 2008 Donald Justice Prize
  • Ghost Towns of the Enchanted Circle (Flying Horse Editions, 2006)
  • Hockey Haiku: The Essential Collection, with Chad Davidson (St. Martin’s Press, 2006)
  • Poems (Orchises Press, 2004)
  • In Defense of the Fall (Trilobite Press, 2000)
  • Poems in PloughsharesParis ReviewThe New RepublicYale ReviewAgni
  • Winner of the 1998 “Discovery”/The Nation Prize
  • 2000–2001 Colgate University Creative Writing Fellow
  • Residencies at the MacDowell Colony, The Saltonstall Foundation, and Blue Mountain Center
  • Editor, 32 Poems magazine
  • Professor, Texas Tech University
  • 2014 Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Barcelona

Christine Poreba (MFA, 2005)

  • Rough Knowledge (Anhinga Press, 2016) winner of the Philip Levine Prize
  • Poems in The SunThe Southern ReviewThe Pinch, and Subtropics
  • Winner of the Dorothy Sargeant Rosenberg prize, a Florida Individual Artist’s fellowship, and residencies from the Ragdale Foundation, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and Hambidge Center for the Arts

Lauren Wilcox Puchowski (MFA, 2001)

  • Regular contributor to the Washington Post Magazine
  • Anthologized in Best Music Writing 2011 (Da Capo Press), edited by Alex Ross
  • Has written for Smithsonian MagazineThe Oxford American, and others
  • Former associate editor, The Oxford American

Saara Myrene Raappana (MFA, 2007)

  • A Story of America Goes Walking (Schechem Press, 2016), a collaborative chapbook with artist Rebekah Wilkins-Pepiton
  • Milk, Tooth, Levee, Fear (Dancing Girl Press, 2015)
  • Appeared in the anthology Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Michigan State University Press, 2015)
  • Appeared in the anthology The Way North, Collected Upper Peninsula New Works (Wayne State University Press, 2013)
  • Poems have appeared in such publications as 32 Poems, Blackbird, Harvard Review, Subtropics, The Gettysburg Review, and Verse Daily
  • Editor for Cellpoems
  • Works at

Dan Rifenburgh (MA, 1986)

  • Advent (Waywiser Press & Dufour Editions, 2002)
  • Winner of the Texas Institute of Letters Natalie Ornish Award for First Book of Poetry
  • Texas Institute of Letters 2004–05 Dobie-Paisano Fellow
  • Tennessee Williams Poetry Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference
  • Participant in the National Endowment For The Arts Operation Homecoming
  • Judge for the Texas Institute of Letters’ Smith Award for Best Book of Poetry of The Year

Ralph Savarese (MFA, 1994)

  • Reasonable People: A Memoir of Autism and Adoption (Other Press, 2007)
  • Co-editor of a special issue of Seneca Review, “The Lyrical Body” (2010)
  • Co-editor of Papa PhD: Men in the Academy Write about Fatherhood (Rutgers 2010)
  • Poems, translations, and creative nonfiction in American Poetry ReviewBeloit Poetry JournalSewanee ReviewSeneca ReviewSouthwest ReviewModern Poetry in TranslationNew England ReviewAnother Chicago MagazineNew York TimesPloughsharesFourth GenreRattleSouthern Poetry Review, and Stone Canoe
  • Opinion pieces in LA TimesHouston ChronicleAtlanta Journal ConstitutionDallas Morning NewsDes Moines Register, and Huffington Post
  • Two “notable essay” distinctions in Best American Essays (2004 & 2013)
  • Winner of a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowship (2012)
  • Winner of a Humanities Writ Large Fellowship at Duke University’s Institute for Brain Sciences (2012)
  • Winner of the Hennig Cohen Prize for the best scholarly essay on Herman Melville for the year (2003)
  • Professor of English & Director of Writers@Grinnell, Grinnell College

Nicky Sa-eun Schildkraut (MFA, 2002)

  • Magnetic Refrain (Kaya Press, 2013)

Eric Smith (MFA, 2009)

  • Black Hole Factory (University of Tampa Press, 2018)
  • Managing editor, Sewanee Review

Alexandra Teague (MFA, 1998)

  • The Principles Behind Flotation (Skyhorse, 2017)
  • The Wise and Foolish Builders (Persea Books, 2015)
  • Winner of the 2014 Missouri Review Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in Poetry
  • Mortal Geography (Persea Books, 2010), winner of the 2009 Lexi Rudnitsky Prize and 2010 California Book Award
  • Poems in Best American Poetry 2009New California Writing 2012 and 2013The Missouri ReviewThe Southern Review, and The Threepenny Review
  • 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
  • 2006–2008 Stegner Fellowship
  • Editor, Broadsided
  • Assistant Professor, University of Idaho

Sarah Trudgeon (MFA, 2013)

  • Dreams of Unhappiness, winner of the 2015 Poetry Society of America 30 and Under Chapbook Competition

Chris Tusa (MFA, 2000)

  • In the City of Falling Stars (University of West Alabama, 2016) First runner-up for the Faulkner Wisdom Award
  • Dirty Little Angels (University of West Alabama, 2009)
  • Haunted Bones (Louisiana Literature Press, 2006)

Adam Vines (MFA, 2006)

  • Out of Speech (LSU Press, 2018)
  • According to Discretion (Unicorn Press, 2015), co-written with fellow MFA@FLA alum Allen Jih
  • The Coal Life (University of Arkansas Press, 2012)
  • Poems in PoetrySouthwest ReviewGulf Coast, and The Kenyon Review
  • Recipient of an individual artist fellowship from the State of Alabama
  • Editor, Birmingham Poetry Review
  • Assistant Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Richard K. Weems (MFA, 1993)

  • From Now On, You’re Back (WbW Ink, 2017)
  • Stark Raving Blue (WbW Ink, 2016)
  • The Way of It: New and Selected Cheap Stories (WbW Ink., 2014)
  • The Cheap Stories eBook series (WbW Ink., 2011).
  • Anything He Wants (Spire, 2006), finalist, 2008 Eric Hoffer Book Award
  • The Need for Character (Revelever, 2004)
  • Stories in North American ReviewGettysburg ReviewOther VoicesThe Mississippi Review, and The Beloit Fiction Journal
  • Director, Creative Writing Division, New Jersey Governor’s School of the Arts
  • Founder and Director, The BCA Summer Writing Program
  • Proprietor, Weems Ink

C. Dale Young (MFA, 1993)

  • The Affliction: A Novel in Stories (Four Way Books, 2018)
  • The Halo (Four Way Books, 2016)
  • Torn (Four Way Books, 2011)
  • The Second Person (Four Way Books, 2007)
  • The Day Underneath the Day (TriQuarterly Books, 2001)
  • Poems in The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, The Best American Poetry 1996 and The Best American Poetry 2008
  •  Recipient of the Grolier Prize, the Stanley P. Young Fellowship in Poetry at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a Fellowship to Yaddo, an NEA Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship.
  • Poetry Editor, New England Review
  • Faculty, Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers