MFA Creative Writing

Professor A. Van Jordan Wins the 2015 Lannan Literary Award for Poetry

Lawrence Lerner
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Henry Rutgers Presidential Professor A. Van Jordan has won the prestigious 2015 Lannan Literary Award for poetry.

Bestowed by the Lannan Foundation since 1989, the Lannan Literary Award recognizes writers who have made significant contributions to English-language literature.

Celebrated Alumni Couple Deepens Their Commitment to NCAS and Rutgers

Lawrence Lerner
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Judith and Milton Viorst are a special Rutgers couple. They met as students, and both have gone on to have illustrious careers as writers.

Rutgers University–Newark’s MFA Program Leads the Way at 2014 Dodge Poetry Festival

Lawrence Lerner
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It’s hard to say which has changed more since the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival moved to Newark in 2010: the city or the festival.

On alternating Octobers since then, downtown Newark has become a ground-zero for poetry and spoken-word performances, drawing luminaries and emerging poets alike, as well as up to 19,000 people from all over the world for the four-day event.

Professor Rigoberto González Wins the 2014 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

Lawrence Lerner
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Rutgers University–Newark’s Rigoberto González, professor of English, has won the prestigious Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for his book Unpeopled Eden (Four Way Books, 2013).

Brenda Shaughnessy’s “Our Andromeda” Claims Spot on Another Best-Of List

Lawrence Lerner
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Another day, another critical nod to Rutgers University–Newark’s MFA in Creative Writing Program. This time, it is acclaimed poet and Assistant Professor Brenda Shaughnessy’s turn.

Internationally Acclaimed Poet A. Van Jordan Named as First Henry Rutgers Presidential Professor

Lawrence Lerner
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Award-winning poet A. Van Jordan has been appointed the first Henry Rutgers Presidential Professor by the Board of Governors. Acclaimed for his sweeping breadth of vision and depth of insight, Jordan will join the Rutgers University–Newark Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program and the Department of English in fall 2014.

Professor Rigoberto González Takes Home Top Honors at the 2014 Lambda Literary Awards

Lawrence Lerner
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Rutgers University–Newark’s own Rigoberto González, associate professor of English, has won the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry.

Professor Tayari Jones Offers Insights on the Legacy of Poet Maya Angelou

Acclaimed novelist and Professor Tayari Jones, who teaches in Rutgers University–Newark’s MFA Creative Writing Program, was recently sought out by a number of media outlets to lend insight into the legacy of poet, activist and writer Maya Angelou, who died on May 28 at age 86.

MFA Professor Akhil Sharma Making Waves With Latest Novel

Akhil Sharma reads “The Night in Question,” by Tobias Wolff, as part of The New Yorker’s monthly Fiction Podcast.