Here are a few recent student, faculty, and alumni wins that are making us happy this month:
- Jenny Molberg, a 2010 AU MFA alumna, won a 2019 NEA Fellowship. After graduating from AU, she went on to earn her PhD from University of North Texas and is now Assistant Professor of English at University of Central Missouri. She’s the author of two books, most recently Refusal, forthcoming from LSU Press. Her first collection, Marvels of the Invisible, won the Berkshire Prize from Tupelo Press and was published in 2017.
- Vince Granata, who graduated in 2018 (and was a staff writer at Cafe MFA), was awarded a MacDowell fellowship. His memoir is forthcoming in 2020 from Atria.
- David Keplinger’s 2018 poetry collection Another City won the 2019 UNT Rilke Prize. The $10,000 prize recognizes “a book written by a mid-career poet and published in the preceding year that demonstrates exceptional artistry and vision.” David’s collection, nominated by Milkweed, was chosen from a pool of over 200 books published last year nationwide. The committee of judges commended its “poems of such keen attentions and imaginative wit, [in which] the intimation of always another city registers both an awareness of our inevitable diminishment and the possibility of some vaster sphere, some landscape of domes and illuminations, to mitigate our loneliness and loss.” (Thank you to David Pike for this update).
- Melissa Scholes Young was named a 2019 Quarry Farm Fellow at the Center for Mark Twain Studies. When in residence at the archives, she’ll be doing research on “Reimagining Becky Thatcher.”
- Last fall, Rachel Louise Snyder won Columbia Journalism School’s J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award for her upcoming book, No Visible Bruises.
We’re always on the lookout for alumni and faculty news! Send us your updates at CafeMFA(@)gmail(.)com.