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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 […]


Rose McLarney Selected as 2017 Summer Poet in Residence

Rose McLarney has published two collections of poems, Its Day Being Gone (Penguin Books, 2014)—winner of the National Poetry Series–and The Always Broken Plates of Mountains (Four Way Books, 2012).  Rose has been awarded fellowships by the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences, and Warren Wilson College; was most recently the 2016 Dartmouth […]


It is with great joy that we announce the 2017-2018 Grisham Writer-in-Residence: Catherine Lacey!

Catherine Lacey is the author of NOBODY IS EVER MISSING, a winner of a 2016 Whiting Award and a finalist for the NYPL’s Young Lions Fiction Award. It has been translated or is forthcoming in French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch & German.  She has won fellowships and awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the […]


The Conversation comes to Oxford on Monday, October 17th and Tuesday, October 18th

The Conversation Literary Festival comes to Oxford. Second year MFA student Aziza Barnes is co-directing this inaugural southern literary festival featuring some of the country’s most celebrated African American writers. The Conversation comes to Oxford on Monday, October 17th and Tuesday, October 18th.  Please click here for more details about the festival.      


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Brandon Lamson Selected as 2016 Summer Poet in Residence

Brandon Dean Lamson teaches literature and creative writing in the Honors College at the University of Houston. His first book, Starship Tahiti, won the Juniper Prize for Poetry and was published by the University of Massachusetts Press. Many of the poems in the collection are based on his experience of teaching inmates on Rikers Island. […]


M.F.A. Program Raises Funds with Unconventional Reading

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Check out current MFA Jason Harrington in the New York Times Magazine

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/07/magazine/chi-raq-and-the-myth-of-chicago-gang-wars.html?_r=1