Faculty/Student Honors and Publications

Rutgers Newark MFA, nationally ranked since our inaugural year, 2007, chosen one of “5 Up and Coming MFAs in the Nation” by the Atlantic Monthly (fiction issue, 2007).  Our graduates include a Stegner Fellowship in fiction, 2009, two Granta New Voices, 2009, a Hurston Wright finalist in fiction, 2009,  and an Andrew W. Mellon fellow, Harry Ransom, 2010. Publications in top literary magazines including Granta, Narrative, The Paris Review, Esquire, McSweeny’s and more (see links below).


Faculty Publications

MFA Director, Jayne Anne Phillips:
2009 National Book Award Finalist for Lark and Termite. http://www.nationalbook.org/nba2009_f_phillips.html

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist 2010.

Heartland Prize for Lark and Termite, 2009

Rigoberto Gonzalez, Poet:  honored by Rutgers University as a Leader in Diversity, April 2010.  

2010 Rainbow List, American Library Association, for The Mariposa Club: http://rainbowlist.wordpress.com/rl-2010/

2010 Keynote Speaker, National Hispanic Writers Conference (Albuquerque): http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389x8429427

2009 Robert Frost Writer-in-Residence at The Frost Place (Franconia, NH): http://www.frostplace.org/html/conference1.html

2009 Featured Speaker, North East MLA Conference (Boston, MA): http://www.nemla.org/about/newsletter/newsletter_0109.pdf

2008 Poetry Center Book Award from San Francisco State University:

Tayari Jones, Fiction: named one of 40 Feminist Under 40 by Feminist Press:  

Current MFA Student Publications and Honors

John McIntyre, MFA Fiction: Memorable Days: The Selected Letters of James Salter and Robert Phelps published by Counterpoint Berkeley, 2010.  John was also awarded the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Research Endowment from the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas.  The fellowship provides for two months of intensive research on the life and work of American author James Salter.  Alan Cheuse, NPR commentator, recommends Memorable Days: The Selected Letters of James Salter and Robert Phelps, edited by John McIntyre. 

To hear the audio or read the transcript visit: http://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=131361090

Nick Ripatrazone, MFA Fiction:  Oblations, book of prose poems, will be released September-October 2011 by Gold Wake Press. Nick’s essay on Irene McKinney’s debut poetry collection appears in Octopus Magazine. http://www.octopusmagazine.com/issue14/html/main.html.  In the past year Nick’s writing has appeared in (or has been accepted by) Esquire, The Mississippi Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, West Branch, The Dos Passos Review, Caketrain, and elsewhere.  He’s placed 2nd in the 2009 Esquire fiction contest and will be visiting writer at Susquehanna Review in April 2011. 

Kevin Catalano, MFA Fiction: "Measure of a Man" was among other online stories nominated for StorySouth's Million Writers Award,  "Measure of a Man"  can be read here: http://www.pankmagazine.com/?p=318. Kevin’s short story "Into the Lake," was a finalist for Terrain.org's inaugural fiction contest, and was published this month (October): http://www.terrain.org/fiction/26/catalano.htm.  His flash fiction piece, "It Made Him Stronger,"  appears in Emprise Review in November 2010s issue: http://emprisereview.com/volume-17/it-made-him-stronger/.   "Good Student, Good Teacher," a short story is forthcoming in print at Pear Noir! Issue 5 Winter 2011: http://www.pearnoir.com/current.htm.   "Telling the Sampo," appears in Prick of the Spindle in 2008: http://www.prickofthespindle.com/fiction/2.1/catalano/telling_the_sampo.htm.  "Homo Erectus," appears in Denver Syntax,  Summer 2009: http://www.denversyntax.com/issue17/fiction/catalano/homo.html
"The Nightmares of Finnegan Graves,” appears in Absent Willow Review, May 2009: http://absentwillowreview.com/archives/the-nightmares-of-finnegan-graves

Hirsh Sawhney, MFA Fiction: Edited and contributed a short story to Delhi Noir, a critically-acclaimed anthology of brand-new fiction published by Akashic Books and HarperCollins India. The book is being translated into French and Italian. His writing has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian, the Financial Times, and Time Out New York. He is a Contributing Editor for the Brooklyn Rail and an Associated editor at Wasafiri Magazine. He lives in Jersey City and is working on a novel.  Hirsh will join author, Suketa Mehta on a panel entitled, “Imagining the City” for the Kennedy Center’s upcoming festival of Indian Arts and Literature in March 2011.  http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/festivals/10-11/india/events.cfm?genre=LSR

Armin Tolentino, MFA Poet: “Jellyfish City" will appear in The Same Journal. http://www.thesamepress.com/ . "Within the Bird Storm" and "Dirt Eaters Anonymous" will  appear in South Mountain Poets Anthology  this year. http://web.mac.com/michusa/South_Mountain_Poets/Welcome.html. Armin’s "Making the Cat Lady" appears in Mason's Road, Vol 1, Issue 2: http://www.masonsroad.com/issue-2/poetry-issue-2/making-the-cat-lady-2/.  "The Execution of Vasco Nunez de Balboa" forthcoming in Literary Laundry, Issue 2: http://www.literarylaundry.com/welcome.  Armin is also the 2011 Jan-Ai scholarship recipient: http://www.wintergetaway.com/scholarship.html#recipients

Thomas Small, MFA Fiction: “Dawson’s Geek” will be published in the upcoming winter issue of The Lehigh Valley Literary Review.  http://www.lvwa.info/LVLR.html

Hannah Oberman-Breindel, MFA Fiction: “The Runners,”was published March of 2010 in Prick of the Spindle, volume 4.1. Hannah’s poem "Chicken Day" got honorable mention in Crab Creek Review's annual poetry contest, and will be published in Crab Creek Review 2011 Volume 1.1 (due out in early 2011). Her poem "Brown Out (Home)" was named a special merit poem in The Comstock Review's annual poetry contest. It will be published in the Fall 2010/Winter 2011 Awards Issue, to be published in early 2011.

Britt Melewski, MFA Poet: attended The Greater Boston Intercollegiate Poetry Festival Chapbook Festival where he read his poem “Two or Three Pages" in 2007.  http://at.bc.edu/bards/.  Britt’s "Dyed in the Wool" appeared in the 2009 issue of Off the Coast, Maine’s International Poetry Journal.  Britt also has two poems forthcoming in the 2011 issue of Liebamour : "Will Space Admit Image” and "Roadie Writes to His Brother, and a Friend"  

Chris Caruso, MFA Poet: “By the Ocean, A House Covered In Snow”, can be read in the 5th anniversary issue of Istanbul Literary Reviewhttp://www.ilrmagazine.net/poetry/issue18_po38.php.  His poem titled, “Japanese Lover” can be read in the Volume 98, Issue 1 of the Santa Clara Review.

Rimas Uzgiris, MFA Poet: “Petals”, is featured in the sixth on-line issue of 322 Review.   http://www.322review.org/2010summer_poetry_petals.html
Rimas’ translation of  “In a half-mile, the highways cross…” by Tomas Vencolva appears in the Autumn 2010 issue of the Massachusetts Review.
Kiira Mancasola, MFA Fiction, received a scholarship to attend the Squaw Valley Writers’ Workshop and has been working as an Associate Editor for Narrative Magazine since May 2010.

Chris Caruso, Sara Grossman, Paula Neves, and Armin Tolentino, MFA Poets: were accepted and offered scholarship support to attend the prestigious West Chester Poetry Conference in West Chester, Pennsylvania in June 2010.

Christa Parravani, MFA Fiction, was selected for a fellowship in Writing at the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony for the summer of 2010. Fellows are selected by a panel of professionals in their fields and invited for four week residencies.


MFA Alumni Publications and Honors

Chidi Asoluka, MFA Fiction Alumni,’09: garnered distinction as one of two finalists for the 2008 Hurston/Richard Wright Award for College Writers.  He is currently an English Teacher and Assistant Director of Diversity at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. Chidi’s “A Little Expensive” was published September 2009 in Word Riot. (http://www.wordriot.org/template_3.php?ID=2030). In June 2009, Chidi’s story "Thirsty" was chosen by Glimmer Train as a "Best Start" which was a contest that awarded 50 writers for great opening paragraphs. (lib.store.yahoo.net/lib/glimmertrain/09-June-BEST-START-50.pdf)

Erin McMillan and Evan James Rosko, MFA Alumni, ’09:  Erin’s short story, “Crossing Cut Creek” http://www.granta.com/Online-Only/Interview-Erin-McMillan and Evan’s short story, “The Conspiracy of Males” http://www.granta.com/Online-Only/Interview-Evan-James-Roskos both were nationally featured in Granta’s  on-line series, “New Voices”. 

Ryan McIlvain, MFA Alumni, ‘09’:  Ryan is one of five U.S. fiction writers to be awarded a 2009 Stegner Fellowship. The highly sought after Stegner Fellowship supports two years at Stanford University. Fellows receive a stipend of $26,000 each year to help defray living expenses while devoting their time and energy to writing fiction on a full-time basis and attending lectures, workshops and campus readings. Ryan’s fictional piece, “Keep it Bible,” appears in the Spring 2008 issue of the Paris Reviewhttp://www.theparisreview.org/fiction/5836/keep-it-bible-ryan-mcilvain

Saeed Jones, MFA Alumni, ‘10’: When The Only Light Is Fire, a chapbook of poems, is forthcoming from Sibling Rivalry Press in November 2011. His published poems include:
“Nocturne” forthcoming in Weave Magazine , “Isaac, After Mount Moriah”  appears in  Line Break, October 2010, “Jasper, 1998” and “Don’t Let the Sun Set On You”  in Esque Magazine, September 2010, “Deepwater” in Poets For Living Waters, August 2010, “Body & Kentucky Bourbon” in  Naugatuck River Review, August 2010, “Room 31” and “Jerome, or The Resurrectionist” , July 2010, “Mississippi Drowning” in The Collagist, May 2010 and “Pretending to Drown” in Mary, May 2010.  His published essay, “Just As He Was: E. Lynn Harris”  appears in Lambda Literary, July 2010

Owen Duffy, MFA Alumni, ‘09’: Owen has published his story, “Winter Lake”, in the Winter 2010 edition of Passages North, a literary magazine of Northern Michigan University.

Moriah Cohen, MFA Poetry Alumni, ‘10’: is currently an adjunct professor at Ramapo College and her poem, “Because He Was Driving”, was published in the on-line journal, The Literary Bohemian. Read about it here: http://www.literarybohemian.com/authors/author-bio/Moriah-Cohen/

Maria Luna, MFA Fiction Alumni, ‘10’: Maria is a fellowship recipient of New York State Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, and a fellowship recipient of the Summer Literary Seminar.  Her short story, “Simone Simon Simone”, was selected for publication by the Acentos Review. http://www.acentosreview.com/September_2009/Luna.html

Jaime Karnes, MFA Fiction Alumni, ‘10’: Jaime received an honorable mention for “Little Warriors”  by Glimmer Train Fiction Open http://lib.store.yahoo.net/lib/glimmertrain/2010-June-FO-HONORABLE-MENTION-list.pdf. Jaime interviewed New Yorker Editor and Author Ben Greenman for HTML Giant. http://htmlgiant.com/feature/a-dementedly-long-interview-with-ben-greenman-by-jaime-karnes/. Her story, "It Wasn't Just a Dream &" was published in TransLit Magazinehttp://translitmag.com/#b32_fiction_jaimekarnes.  Jaime wrote a book review for PopMatters.com. on Celebrity Chekhov by Ben Greenmanhttp://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/132106-celebrity-chekhov-is-as-much-a-tribute-as-it-is-an-invention/.  Jaime’s interview with  Rosanne Cash for PopMatters.com can be read here: http://www.popmatters.com/pm/column/133672-rosanne-cash-more-than-just-a-legends-daughter/

Diego Baez, MFA Poet Alumni, ‘10’: Diego’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Flatmancrooked's Slim Volume of Contemporary Poetics, Eleven Eleven, Off The Coast, Columbia Poetry Review, The Splinter Generation, and Granta (online).

Paul Vidich, MFA Fiction Almuni, ‘09’: Paul was selected in the Sozopol Fiction Seminar in June 2010.  http://www.ekf.bg/en/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=17&Itemid=9/
Paul is one of two winners from this year’s (2010) annual short story contest, Fugue Magazine, which was judged by Junot Diaz.  http://www.uiweb.uidaho.edu/fugue/contest.html. The University of Georgia selected, Paul’s story collection as one of twenty finalists from among 320 entries for the Flannery O'Connor Short Fiction Award. http://ugapress.blogspot.com/2010/08/flannery-oconnor-short-fiction-award.html. Paul recently interviewed Jennifer Eagan for the Narrative Magazine. http://www.narrativemagazine.com/issues/spring-2010/jennifer-egan

Dawn Ryan, MFA Alumni, ‘09’: Dawn’s  short story, “The Strauss House” appeared in McSweeny’s 29th print issue. 


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