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News from Award Winners: New Works & Achievements

Many of our award winners have shared news of recent releases and literary achievements. For the most recent news, please visit our blog.

Selena Anderson’s (’19) stories will appear in the upcoming anthologies Best American Short Stories 2020 (Houghton Mifflin, November 2020) and Tiny Nightmares (Catapult, October 2020). She also received the 2020 Emerging Texas Star Award from American Short Fiction. Erin Belieu's (’95) fifth poetry collection, Come-Hither Honeycomb, was released from Copper Canyon Press in 2021. Chelsea Bieker's (’18) debut novel, Godshot (Catapult, 2020), was longlisted for the 2020 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and among NPR's Best Books of 2020. Her collection of stories, Heartbroke, was published in 2022.

Eula Biss's (’02) fourth book, Having and Being Had, has just been published by Riverhead Books (September 2020). It is one of NPR's Best Books of 2020.

Lisa Hsiao Chen's (‘18) novel, Activities of Daily Living, was published by W.W. Norton in 2022 and a finalist for the 2023 PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel. Ama Codjoe's (’17) collection Blood of the Air, received the 2019 Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize (Northwestern U. Press, 2020). Her debut, Bluest Nude, was published by Milkweed Editions in fall 2022.

Lydia Conklin's (18) debut, Rainbow Rainbow: Stories, was published by Catapult in 2022 and a longlist selection for the 2023 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection. Ebony Flowers’s (’17) graphic debut, Hot Comb, was published by Drawn and

Quarterly (2019) and received the 2019 Believer Book Award for Fiction. Ebony also received the 2020 Eisner Award for Best Short Story. She is the first Black woman to win this prize.

Stephanie Grant's (’99) memoir, Disgust, was published by Scuppernong Editions in November 2021. Jennifer Grotz's (‘07) translation Jerry Ficowski: Everything I Didn't Know (co-translated with Piotr Sommer) was published by World Poetry Books in 2021 and received the 2022 PEN Award For Poetry in Translation.

Janice N. Harrington (’09) (Primitive, BOA Editions, 2016) received a 2020 Guggenheim Fellowship for poetry.

Ladee Hubbard (’16) received a 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship. Her third book, The Last Suspicious Holdout:Stories, was published by Amistad in 2022.

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers's (97) most recent collection of poetry, The Age of Phillis (Wesleyan University Press, 2020) received the 2021 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and was long listed for the 2020 National Book Award for Poetry. Her debut novel, The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois (Harper) was named a New York Times 10 Best Books of 2021 and the winner of the 2021 NBCC Award for Fiction. It also received the 2022 Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

Ashley M. Jones (’15) was appointed Poet Laureate of Alabama for 2022-2026. She is the State’s first Black poet and its youngest to hold this post. Fowzia Karimi’s (’11) illustrated novel, Above Us the Milky Way, debuted from Deep Vellum in April 2020.

Amy Leach's (08) recent book, The Everybody Ensemble: Donkeys, Essays, and Other Pandemoniums was published by FSG in November 2021.

Ann Clare LeZotte's (’99) YA novel Show Me a Sign (Scholastic Books, 2020) is among NPR's Best Books of 2020.

Magogodi oaMphela Makhene's (’19) debut, Innards: Stories, was published by W.W. Norton in 2023.

Airea D. Matthews (16) has been appointed Philadelphia's Poet Laureate for 2022-23.

Laura Mullen's (’96) most recent collection of poetry, EtC, was published by Solid Objects in 2023.

Helen Phillips’s (’09) new novel, The Need (Simon & Schuster, 2019), was

longlisted for the National Book Award and was a 2019 NYT Notable Book. She

received a 2020 Guggenheim Fellowship.

Nicolette Polek’s (’19) debut, short story collection, Imaginary Museums, was

published by Soft Skull Press in 2020.

Eileen Pollack's (’96) collection of essays, Maybe It's Me: On Being the Wrong Kind of Woman, was published by Delphinium Books in 2022.

Ladette Randolph's (’02) third novel, Private Way, was published by the University of Nebraska, Flyover Fiction Series in 2022.

Alison C. Rollins (’18), (Library of Small Catastrophes, Copper Canyon Press,

2019), received a 2020 Pushcart prize and was a nominee for a 2020 Hurston/Wright

Foundation Legacy Award.

Asako Serizawa’s (’16) collection of stories, Inheritors, debuted from Doubleday in

July 2020. It received the 2021 PEN Open Book Award and the 2021 Story Prize Spotlight Award honoring books of exceptional promise by first-time authors.

Namwali Serpell’s (’11) most recent work is The Furrows: An Elegy, a novel published by Hogarth in fall 2022. Her collection of essays Stranger Faces (Transit Books, 2020) was named one of The New Yorker's Best Books We Read in 2020. Her first novel, The Old Drift, debuted from Hogarth in 2019 and received the 2020 Anisfeld-Wolf Book Prize for Fiction. She is also the recipient of a 2020 Windham-Campbell Prize and a 2020 NYPL Cullman Center Fellowship.

Solmaz Sharif's (‘14) second poetry collection, Customs, was published by Graywolf in 2022 and a longlist selection for the 2023 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award to a book-length work of any genre for its originality, merit, and impact.

Tracy K. Smith's (’04) Such Color: New and Selected Poems was published by Graywolf in 2021.

Lisa Russ Spaar’s (’00) debut novel, Paradise Close, was published by Persea Books in spring 2022.

Rachel Swearingen’s (’12) first collection, How to Walk on Water, (2018 New American Press Fiction Prize winner) was published in fall 2020.

Larissa Szporluk's (’98) collection of poems Virginals was published by Burning Review Press in 2021.

Merritt Tierce (’11) (Love Me Back, Doubleday, 2014) received a 2019 Whiting Writer’s Award.



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