Alabama grads go on to publish well. Work by alumni has appeared in magazines such as The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, The New Yorker, Poetry, Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, Paris 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 South, Scribner’s Best of the Writing Workshops, Starlight I, AWP Intro Awards, Best American Poetry, Best American Essays, New American Poets, and The Pushcart Prize.
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.
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