Recent Alumni News & Achievements

  • Malik Abduh‘s debut All the Stars Aflame, a collection of poems that relates the brutal legacy of U.S. racial violence alongside his own life experience, was released from Get Fresh Books in 2022.

  • Malik Abdul-Jabaar received tenure and was promoted to Assistant Professor at Rowan College at Burlington County.

  • Katie Bennett was a resident at Yaddo in Spring 2023.

  • Isaac Blum‘s book, The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen, was published in November 2022 by Penguin Random House.  The novel was longlisted for the 2022 National Book Award in Young Adult Literature and won the National Library’s William C. Morris Award for Debut Young Adult Literature.

  • National Magazine Award for Fiction winner Michael Deagler published a novel, Early Sobrieties, from Astra House in May 2024. It follows one narrator across linked stories as he returns to Philadelphia for his first alcohol-free summer, and explores the specters of guilt and exile that haunt even a “successful” recovery.

  • Mary Anna Evans won the Oklahoma Book Award in fiction for her novel The Physicists’ Daughter. Her most recent novel The Traitor Beside Her, was reviewed alongside Isabel Allende, Lisa See, and others on May 21, 2023 in The Washington Post.
  • Ru Freeman’s Bon Courage, a collection of essays that bring global perspectives to subjects as diverse as Bowie and Dylan, Palestine, 9/11, hairstyles, personal and cultural identity, and #MeToo, is forthcoming from Etruscan Press in August 2023.

  • Cherita Harrell was promoted to Senior Lecturer at Rowan University.

  • Oluwabambi (Abimbola) Ige was a finalist for a Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown Fellowship in Fiction. He has published new work in Joyland, Agni, and Story.
  • Micaiah Johnson’s novel The Space Between Worlds has been translated into multiple languages, including Korean, Turkish, Czech, and German. The book won the Compton Crook Award.  Her forthcoming novel is Ashtown, an examination of police brutality and state violence set in The Space Between Worlds multiverse, where a woman reckons with her past while investigating a series of sudden and inexplicable deaths. It will be published by Del Rey Books.

  • Shawn R. Jones, winner of the Lexi Rudnitzy First Book Prize in Poetry, published Date of Birth in April 2023.

  • Brook Lee’s A Dictionary of Modern Consternation won the 2022 Permafrost Nonfiction prize (with guest judge Joy Castro) and will be published by University of Alaska Press. 

  • Davon Loeb published his memoir The In-Betweens, the story of a biracial boy becoming a man, while trying to come to terms with his white family, with West Virginia University Press in February 2023.

  • Brook McClurg, winner of 2022 Fulbright Fellowship, successfully defended his PhD in Creative Writing at Texas Tech University. He’ll be joining the tenure-track faculty at San Jose State University in Fall 2024.

  • Susan Muaddi Darraj will publish her debut novel, Behind You Is the Sea, which gives voice to the diverse residents of a Palestinian American community in Baltimore, with HarperCollins in January 2024. Behind You Is the Sea has received starred reviews from Booklist and Kirkus.
  • andie millares was named an ISGRJ Fellow, for which she’ll receive a $60,000 stipend and teach a class on the Rutgers-Camden campus in the Spring of 2024.

  • Juliana Roth was a 2022-2023 The Center for Fiction/Susan Kamil Emerging Writer Fellow. She was also a VIDA Fellow with the Sundress Academy for the Arts. Her web series, The University, was nominated by the International Academy of Web Television for Best Drama. Currently, she teaches writing at NYU.
  • Nina St. Pierre’s memoir Love is a Burning Thing, about growing up with a single mother who self-immolated at age 20 and later burned down her rural California home, and whose mysticism veiled the likely truth that she had paranoid schizophrenia, was published from Dutton in May 2024. Nina was also named a 2023 NYSCA/NYFA Fellow in Nonfiction Literature.

  • Adam Straus-Goldfarb’s story “Motorcycle Pope” was a finalist for the Iowa Review’s Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans.

  • Anise Vance‘s book, Hush Harbor, was published in September 2023 by Harper Collins. It is also in development as a Hulu Series.

  • Martin Wiley’s “novel in poetic form” When Did We Stop Being Cute? was published by CavanKerry Press in April 2023.

  • Sienna Zeilinger won the 2022 Montana Prize in Nonfiction and was named a finalist for the Iowa Prize in Nonfiction.


Alumni Books

All the Stars Aflame by Malik Abduh

Malik Abduh

All the Stars Aflame (Get Fresh Books, 2022)





The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen by Isaac Blum

Isaac Blum 

The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen (Penguin Random House, 2022)
The Judgment of Yoyo Gold (forthcoming fall 2024)



rose fever

Barbara Daniels

The Woman Who Tries to Believe 
Rose Fever 



Michael Deagler

Early Sobrieties (Astra House, 2024)




Wrath Goddess Sing book cover

Maya Deane 

Wrath Goddess Sing (William Morrow, 2022)




Susan Muaddi Darraj

Behind You Is the Sea (HarperCollins, 2024)

A Curious Land: Stories from Home – winner of AWP’s 2014 Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction 
Inheritance of Exile
Scheherazade’s Legacy: Arab and Arab American Women on Writing 


nabina-dasNabina Das

Into the Migrant City – nominated as one of the Best of 2012 in Indian Poetry
The House of Twining Roses: Stories of the Mapped and Unmapped 
Footprints in the Bajra – long-listed for the 2011 Vodafone Crossword Book Award



Sleeping AloneRu Freeman 

Sleeping Alone (Graywolf Press, 2022)




barry grahamBarry Graham

Nothing or Next to Nothing
The National Virginity Pledge

Not a Speck of Light is Showing 



michael haeflingerMichael Haeflinger

Love Poem for the Everyday 




Frozen Latitudes coverTherese Halscheid

Frozen Latitudes
Uncommon Geography — finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize 
Greatest Hits 1993-2006
Without Home


Cvr_IfYouFindYourself_BkSt-200x300Brian Heston

If You Find Yourself – winner of Main Street Rag’s Annual Poetry Book Award




The Space Between WorldsMicaiah Johnson 

The Space Between Worlds (Del Rey, 2020)
Ashtown (forthcoming)




9780892555697.jpgShawn R. Jones 

Date of Birth (Persea Books, 2023. Winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize)




violet levoitViolet LeVoit

I am Genghis Cum
I’ll Fuck Anything That Moves and Stephen Hawking
Hotel Butterfly
Love Poems 


Davon Loeb 

The In-Betweens (reissued West Virginia University Press, 2022)




keri mikulskiKeri Mikulski (writing as Nicole Leigh Shepard)

Head Games
Stealing Bases
Making Waves
Fifteen Love 



No one crosses the wolf coverLisa Nikolidakis

No One Crosses the Wolf (Little A, 2022)




okparantaChinelo Okparanta

Under the Udala Trees – winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction 
Happiness, Like Water – winner of the O. Henry Award




pardloGregory Pardlo

Spectral Evidence (forthcoming)
Digest – winner of the Pulitzer Prize 
Air Traffic


carol plum ucciCarol Plum-Ucci

The Night My Sister Went Missing
The Body of Christopher Creed

The She 


220px-Nanny-diaries-posterRobert Pulcini

American Splendor
The Nanny Diaries



rapparlieLeslie Rapparlie

Writing and Experiential Education: Practical Activities and Lesson Plans to Enrich Learning 



rossiAgnes Rossi

Split Skirt
The Houseguest
The Quick and Athletes and Artists 



Love Is a Burning Thing by Nina St. PierreNina St. Pierre

Love Is a Burning Thing (Dutton, 2024)




lisa tracyLisa Trace

Muddy Waters: The Legacy of Katrina and Ritan
The Gradual Vegetarian
Objects Of Our Affection



Anise Vance

Hush Harbor (Hanover Square Press, 2023)





Kathleen Volk Miller & Marion Wrenn

Painted Bride Quarterly (editors)



Martin Wiley

Just/More (Finishing Line Press, 2022)





windhauserBrad Windhauser

The Intersection