Alumni News

Hannah Tinti's new novel "The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley"

Published this spring by Dial Press, this literary thriller has received rave reviews and was named Amazon Best Book of April 2017. "Tinti depicts brutality and compassion with exquisite sensitivity, creating a powerful overlay of love and pain."—The New Yorker  

"Olio" by Tyehimba Jess wins the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

Tyehimba Jess's book of poetry Olio (Wave Books) was awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

Nicole Sealey's "Ordinary Beast" New this fall

Ordinary Beast: Poems by Nicole Sealey (Ecco, September 2017) has been named one of NPR's Most Anticipated Books of 2017. "Sealey’s elegant and elemental debut acts as a balm for and protectant against the hazards of modernity."—Publishers Weekly

"Ranger Games" by Ben Blum forthcoming

Ben Blum's book, Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family, and an Inexplicable Crime will be published by Doubleday in September 2017. "Ranger Games is one of those rare books that illuminates its subject beyond what you thought possible—and then transcends its subject to become something more. In this case, the subject is engaging and disturbing all on its own; the ‘inexplicable crime’ of the title is fascinating, the fall-out from it is heart-breaking and suspenseful."—Mary Gaitskill

Javier Zamora's "Unaccompanied" forthcoming

Javier Zamora's debut poetry collection is forthcoming from Copper Canyon in September 2017. "Every line resonates with a wind that crosses oceans."―Jamaal May

Kanishk Tharoor's "Swimmer Among the Stars" recently published

Kanishk Tharoor's story collection, Swimmer Among the Stars (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, March 2017), has been widely praised, including this New York Times review, which calls it a "remarkably crafted and imaginative debut." It was named one of April's twenty best books by

Jenny Xie is 2017 Walt Whitman Award Recipient

The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce that Juan Felipe Herrera has selected Jenny Xie as the recipient of the 2017 Walt Whitman Award, the nation’s most valuable first-book prize for a poet. As the winner of the Whitman Award, Xie’s manuscript, Eye Level, will be published by Graywolf Press in April 2018.

Gabe Habash's "Stephen Florida" released in June 2017 by Coffee House Press

Gabe Habash's debut novel was published in June by Coffee House Press. From a recent NPR review titled "'Stephen Florida Goes to the Mat—And Wins": "Stephen Florida is brash and audacious; it's not just one of the best novels of the year, it's one of the best sports books to come along in quite a while. It's an accomplishment that's made all the more stunning by Habash's status as a debut novelist: It's his first time on the mat, and he puts on a clinic."

"Spacemen of Bohemia" by Jaroslav Kalfar published in March 2017

Jaroslav Kalfar's debut novel Spacemen of Bohemia (Little Brown) was praised in the New York Times Book Review by Hari Kunzru and was recently a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice