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Winners of the 2022 UM English Department Creative Writing Awards

Thank you to everyone who submitted to the 2022 UM English Department Creative Writing Awards, here are the winners of each category. Thank you to those who helped judge these competitions.   Evans-Harrington Contest  Judge: Joshua Nguyen Winner: Allie Barnett “In the AM”   Runner Up:  Will Jones “Ghazal About My Mother”   Sommerville Prize – […]

Two Questions & A Forthcoming Book by Former MFA Student, E.M. Tran

Huge congrats goes out to MFA Alum, E.M. Tran, whose debut novel, DAUGHTERS OF THE NEW YEAR (October 2022), is forthcoming from Hanover Square Press/HarperCollins. “The Vietnamese American family that opens this novel—three daughters and their mother—are richly brought to life, but the only thing better than meeting and loving those four women was meeting their fierce […]

We our incredibly delighted to announce the 2022 – 2023 Grisham Writer-in-Residence: Deesha Philyaw!

Deesha Philyaw’s debut short story collection, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, won the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the 2020/2021 Story Prize, and the 2020 LA Times Book Prize: The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fictionand was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction. The Secret Lives of Church Ladies focuses on Black women, sex, and […]

It is with pride that we announce the 2022 Spring Grisham Writer-in-Residence: Raven Leilani!

Raven’s debut novel, Luster, is out with FSG. Her work has been published in Conjunctions, The Cut, and New England Review, among other publications. Represented by Ellen Levine @ Trident. You can reach her at @RavenLeilani on Twitter and on Instagram. 

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

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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, […]