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2019-2020 Visiting Writers

Our 2019-2020 Visiting Writers announced!  For more information click here.


It is with great joy that we announce the 2019-2020 Grisham Writer-in-Residence: January O’Neil!

January Gill O’Neil is the author of Rewilding (fall 2018), Misery Islands (2014), and Underlife (2009), published by CavanKerry Press. She is an assistant professor of English at Salem State University, and boards of trustees member with the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) and Montserrat College of Art. From 2012-2018, she served as executive director of the Massachusetts […]


Two UM Master’s Graduates Selected for Poetry Fellowships

Both recipients to attend literary gatherings in June MAY 17, 2018 BY CAROLINE HEWITT Two University of Mississippi graduates of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program have been selected to participate in prestigious fellowship programs in poetry. Both Samyak Shertok, of  Kathmandu, Nepal, and Jan Verberkmoes, from Roseburg, Oregon, graduated May 12, […]


Creative Writing Director Honored For Commitment to Inclusivity

Derrick Harriell receives Excellence in Promoting Inclusiveness in Graduate Education Award MAY 14, 2018 BY CHRISTINA STEUBE The University of Mississippi Graduate School has honored Derrick Harriell, assistant professor of English and African American Studies, for his contributions to inclusivity in education. Harriell, who also directs the university’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, […]


UM Graduate Programs Highly Ranked by U.S. News & World Report

MAY 2, 2018 BY STAFF REPORT The University of Mississippi offers 14 graduate programs ranked in the Top 100 among public institutions. Seven programs joined the ranks of the Top 100 in the recent 2019 edition of the U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings, adding to seven other UM graduate programs that were previously […]


English Professor to Share New Poetry Tuesday

Aimee Nezhukumatahil’s reading from ‘Oceanic’ begins at 5 p.m. at Off Square Books APRIL 2, 2018 BY EDWIN B. SMITH A University of Mississippi professor will share excerpts from her latest collection of poetry Tuesday (April 3) on the Oxford Square. Aimee Nezhukumatathil, professor of English in the university’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative […]


Oxford Conference for the Book Celebrates Milestone Year

Event’s 25th edition features readings, panel discussions and lectures MARCH 9, 2018 BY REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY For a quarter of a century, poets, novelists, journalists and scholars have gathered at the University of Mississippi to celebrate the written word. This year’s milestone event again brings people together from far and wide to celebrate the 25th […]


UM to Be Well Represented at Natchez Literary Celebration

Seven UM faculty and a student to be featured at 29th annual event FEBRUARY 21, 2018 BY CAROLINE HEWITT The University of Mississippi will be well-represented at the 29th annual Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration this week. Besides the four William Winter Scholars from UM who will be recognized, two history professors will be honored […]


Samyak Shertok presents his thesis, “In the Year of the Earth: Notes from the Epicenter,” at the Three Minute Thesis competition at UM. Photo by Robert Jordan

Samyak Shertok Wins UM 3MT Competition

February 13, 2018  |  By Nathan Towery for the University of Mississippi Graduate School Every year, the University of Mississippi hosts a Three Minute Thesis, or 3MT, competition. The competition consists of two rounds, during which graduate students are given three minutes to present an overview of their thesis or dissertation. The individual winner from […]


UM Summer Poet in Residence, Rose McLarney, will read at Off Square Books on June 29th, at 5:30 p.m.

McLarney will be on campus through July 15 teaching undergraduate classes and working with emerging writers in the Department of English’s Master of Fine Arts program. She also will give a reading at Off Square Books at 5:30 p.m. June 29. A book signing at 5 p.m. will precede the free event.  For more information, click […]