Creative Writing Program

Alumni Publications

a young woman reading a book on the steps of Gorgas LibraryAlabama grads go on to publish well. Work by alumni has appeared in magazines such as The Atlantic MonthlyHarper’sThe New YorkerPoetryMissouri ReviewPrairie SchoonerParis Review, Story, and dozens of others, such as The Pinch, The Journal, Quarterly West, ESPN.com, Puerto del Sol, as well as in such anthologies as New Stories from the SouthScribner’s Best of the Writing WorkshopsStarlight IAWP Intro AwardsBest American PoetryBest American EssaysNew American Poets, and The Pushcart Prize.

They compete brilliantly for other forms of national recognition. Alumni have received the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship, The Wallace Stegner Fellowship, The Jacob Javits Fellowship, The Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship, the John C. Zacharis Prize from Ploughshares, the Yale Younger Poets prize, the AWP Award Series in Creative Non-Fiction prize, the New Millennium Writing Award in Poetry, and the Atlantic Monthly Student Writing prizes in poetry, non-fiction and fiction.

Graduates have published books with an array of presses covering the contemporary gamut, from Graywolf Press to the University of Mississippi Press, and Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Little, Brown, and Company, Black Lawrence Press, Yes Yes Books, Storyline Press, Cobalt Press, and Tinhouse Press. They hold important editorial positions at magazines (as of this writing, UA MFAs are at the helm of the Georgia Review, the Southern Review, the Gettysburg Review, the New Orleans Review, and the Idaho Review), major publishing houses, and on-line venues, and teach in a wide variety of private and public colleges and universities.

Regardless of what they do when they leave here, our graduates take with them a network of readers for their future productions, a finely-tuned sense of how to balance the needs of the writer with more workaday demands and, more often than not, lifelong friends.

While in the program, students are encouraged to tap the program’s resources to facilitate their artistic and professional development. Students start magazines, found presses, organize reading series, connect with community partners to teach writing to underserved populations, create radio programs, and much more, and the program does all it can to support such endeavors.

For more examples and excerpts of current and former UA MFAs, check out our Facebook page.

Books by MFA Alumni

Author Title Publisher Publication Year Genre
Jeffrey Bean Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window (winner, 2013 Vern Cowles/Copperdome Poetry Chapbook Prize) Southeast Missouri State University Press 2014 Poetry
Diminished Fifth David Robert Books 2009 Poetry
John Bensko Visitations University of Tampa 2014 Poetry
Sea Dogs Graywolf Press 2004 Fiction
The Iron City University of Illinois Press 2000 Poetry
The Waterman’s Children (winner, Yale Series of Younger Poets) University of Massachusettes Press 1994 Poetry
Green Soldiers Yale University Press 1981 Poetry
Amy Benson The Sparkling-Eyed Boy: A Memoir of Love, Grown Up Mariner Books 2004 Nonfiction
Sarah Blackman Motherbox and Other Tales (winner, FC2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest) FC2 / The University of Alabama Press 2013 Fiction
Ryan J. Browne Outside Come In Bright Hill Press 2012 Poetry
Tom Chiarella Thursday’s Game: Notes from a Golfer with Far to Go Emmis Books 2004 Nonfiction
Writing Dialogue Story Press 1998 Nonficton
Foley’s Luck: Stories Knopf 1992 Fiction
Jill Christman Borrowed Babies Shebooks 2014 Nonfiction
Darkroom: A Family Exposure (winner, Associated Writing Programs Award) University of Georgia Press 2011 Nonfiction
C. Bard Cole This is Where My Life Went Wrong Blatt Books 2009 Fiction
Briefly Told Lives St. Martin’s Press 2000 Fiction
Cade Collum The Dogs of Havana Red Hydra Press 2008 Poetry
Lion Froth Crown Red Hydra Press 2014 Poetry
Thomas Cotsanas Nominal Cases Black Lawrence Press 2016 Fiction
Jennifer S. Davis Our Former Lives in Art Random House 2007 Fiction
Her Kind of Want (winner, Iowa Short Fiction Award) Universidy of Iowa Press 2002 Fiction
Cathy Day Comeback Season Free Press 2008 Fiction
The Circus in Winter (finalist, The Story Prize, the Great Lakes Book Award, GLCA New Writer Award ) Harcourt 2004 Fiction
Lynn Domina The Harlem Renaissance: A Historical Exploration of Literature Greenwood 2014 Nonfiction
Framed in Silence Main Street Rag 2011 Poetry
Poets on the Psalms (Ed.) Trinity University Press 2008 Nonfiction
Understanding Ceremony: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents  Greenwood 2004 Nonfiction
Understanding A Raisin in the Sun: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents Greenwood 1998 Nonfiction
Corporal Works Four Way 1995 Poetry
Andy Duncan Wakulla Springs (Co-author) Tor Books 2013 Fiction
The Pottawatomie Giant and Other Stories PS Publishing 2012 Fiction
On 20468 Petercook Tor Books 2012 Fiction
Night Cache Globe Pequot Press 2009 Fiction
Alabama Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff PS Publishing 2009 Nonfiction
Crossroads: Tales of the Southern Literary Fantastic (Co-Ed.) Tor Books 2005 Anthology
Beluthahatchie and Other Stories Golden Gryphon Press 2000 Fiction
Tim Earley Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery  Horse Less Press 2014 Poetry
The Spooking of Mavens Cracked Slab Books 2010 Poetry
Boondoggle Main Street Rag 2005 Poetry
Tony Early Mr. Tall Little, Brown and Company 2014 Fiction
The Blue Star Back Bay Books 2009 Fiction
Somehow Form a Family: Stories That Are Mostly True Algonquin Books 2002 Nonfiction
Jim the Boy Back Bay Books 2001 Fiction
New Stories from the South (Ed.) Algonquin Books for Chapel Hill 1999 Anthology
Here We Are in Paradise: Stories Back Bay Books 1994 Fiction
Brett Evans After School Session Subpress 2002 Poetry
Andrew Farkas Self-Titled Debut Subito Press 2008 Fiction
David Floyd The Sudden Architecture of the Dark WordTech Communications 2006 Poetry
Timothy Geiger The Curse of Pheromones Main Street Rag 2008 Poetry
Blue Light Factory Spoon River Poetry Press 1999 Poetry
Paul Guest One More Theory About Happiness Ecco 2011 Nonfiction
My Index of Slightly Horrifying Knowledge Ecco 2008 Poetry
Notes for My Body Double (winner, Prairie Schooner Book Prize) Bilson Poetry 2007 Poetry
The Ressurection of the Body and the Ruin of the World New Issues Poetry & Prose 2003 Poetry
Jeff Hardin Fall Sanctuary (winner, Nicholas Roerich Prize) Story Line Press 2016 (forthcoming) Poetry
Notes for a Praise Book (winner, Jacar Press Book Award) Jacar Press 2015 Poetry
Restoring the Narrative (winner, Donald Justice Prize) Story Line Press 2015 Poetry
Until that Yellow Bird Returns Red Hydra Press 2013 Poetry
Small Revolution Aldrich Press 2005 Poetry
Annie Hartnett Rabbit Cake Tin House Books 2017

(forthcoming

Fiction
Joshua R. Helms Machines Like Us Dzanc Books 2016 Poetry
Jessica Hollander In These Times the Home is a Tired Place (winner, Katherine Anne Porter Prize) University of North Texas Press 2013 Fiction
B. J. Hollars Dispatches from the Drowning: Reporting the Fiction of Nonfiction The University of New Mexico Press 2014 Nonfiction
Opening the Doors: The Desegregation of the University of Alabama and the Fight for Civil Rights The University of Alabama Press 2014 Nonfiction
Blurring the Boundaries: Exploration to the Fringes of Nonfiction University of Nebraska Press 2013 Nonfiction
Sightings: Stories Break Away Books/ Indiana University Press 2013 Fiction
Monsters: A Collection of Literary Sightings (Ed.) Pressgang 2012 Anthology
  Thirteen Loops: Race, Violence, and the Last Lynching in America (winner, Society of Midland Authors Award; The University of Alabama Award for Excellence in Research by a Master’s Student; The University of Alabama Outstanding Thesis Award) University of Alabama Press 2010 Nonfiction
You Must Be This Tall to Ride: Contemporary Writers Take You Inside the Story (Ed.) Writer’s Digest Books 2009 Anthology
J. R. Jones The Lives of Robert Ryan Wesleyan University Press 2015 Nonfiction
Dan Kaplan Bill’s Formal Complaint (runner-up, 2006 National Poetry Review Book Prize) The National Poetry Review Press 2008 Poetry
SKIN Red Hydra Press 2005 Poetry
Laura Kochman The Bone and the Body BatCat Press 2015 Poetry
Matthew Mahaney The Storm that Bears Your Name (winner, Cupboard Pamphlet’s Fourth-Ever Contest) The Cupboard 2015 Poetry
Your Attraction to Sharp Machines BatCat Press 2013 Poetry
Ander Monson Vanishing Point Graywolf Press 2010 Nonfiction
The Available World Sarabande Books 2010 Poetry
Neck Deep and Other Predicaments (winner, Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize) Graywolf Press 2007 Noncition
Vacationland Tupelo Press 2005 Poetry
Other Electricities Sarabande Books 2005 Fiction
Leah Nielsen Side Effects May Include The Chapbook 2014 Poetry
No Magic Word Press 2005 Poetry
Alissa Nutting Tampa Ecco 2013 Fiction
Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls (winner, Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction) Starcherone Books 2011 Fiction
Brian Oliu I/O: A Memoir Civil Coping Mechanisms 2015 Nonfiction
Enter Your Initials for Record Keeping (Ed.) Cobalt Press 2015 Anthology
Leave Luck to Heaven Uncanny Valley Press 2014 Nonfiction
Liver of Dixie: Stories from Egan’s (Co. Ed) Broken Futon Pres 2013 Anthology
Tuscaloosa Writes This (Co. Ed.) Slash Pine Press 2013 Anthology
Tuscaloosa Runs This (Ed.) Broken Futon Pres 2012 Anthology
Come See for Yourself Google Maps 2012 Nonfiction
Level End Origami Zoo Press 2012 Nonfiction
So You Know It’s Me Tiny Hardcore Press 2011 Nonfiction
Jessica Lee Richardson It Had Been Planned and There Were Guides (winner, FC2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest) FC2 / The University of Alabama Press 2013 Fiction
Justin Runge Hum Decode Greying Ghost Press 2014 Poetry
Plainsight  New Michigan Press 2012 Poetry
Rob Trucks Tusk (A 33 1/3 Book) Bloomsbury Academic 2011 Nonfiction
The Catcher: Baseball Behind the Seams Clerisy Press 2005 Nonfiction
The Starting Pitcher: Baseball Behind the Seams Clerisy Press 2005 Nonfiction
Cup of Coffee: The Very Short Career of Eighteen Major League Pitchers Clerisy Press 2003 Nonfiction
The Pleasure of Influence: A Conversation with American Male Fiction Writers (Ed.) Purdue University Press 2002 Anthology
Lucas Southworth Everyone Here Has a Gun (winner, Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction) University of Massachusetts Press 2013 Fiction
Brandi Wells This Boring Apocalypse Civil Coping Mechanisms 2015 Fiction
Poisonhorse Dzanc Books 2013 Fiction
Please Don’t be Upset Tiny Hardcore Press 2011 Fiction
Leia Penina Wilson i built a boat with all the towels in your closet (and will let you drown) Red Hen Press 2014 Poetry
Tommy Zurhellen Armageddon, Texas  Atticus Books 2014 Fiction
Apostle Island Atticus Books 2012 Fiction
Nazareth, North Dakota (winner, 2012 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Fiction from the U.S. Midwest Region) Atticus Books 2011 Fiction

Other Projects

Below is a sampling of some projects begun by alums: