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It is with great joy that we announce the 2020-2021 Grisham Writer-in-Residence: Maurice Ruffin!

Maurice Carlos Ruffin is the author of We Cast a Shadow, which was published by One World Random House. The novel is a New York Times Editor’s Choice. Ruffin is the winner of several literary prizes, including the Iowa Review Award in fiction and the William Faulkner–William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition Award for Novel-in-Progress. His […]


Dr. Aimee Nezhukumatathil Awarded Prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship

Click here for the full story by Abigail Meisel.


Phase 2 MFA applicants have been contacted for the 2020 season.


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 […]