#MFAotA Spotlight

Steven Dunn author headshot

Prose alumnus Steven Dunn's literary accomplishements have earned him the prestigious Whiting Award this year.

In 2016, Dunn penned Potted MeatThe book was a Colorado Book Award Finalist, Tarqaulin Sky Book Awards Co-winner, and a Small Press Distribution Bestseller. It was adapted into a short film, “The Usual Route,” which played at the Los Angeles International Film Festival and the Houston International Film Festival, among others.

Two years later, he produced water & power, a novel that plunges into military culture and engages with perceptions of heroism and terrorism.

In April, Dunn received a $50,000 Whiting Award, the nation’s largest literary award for emerging writers. The Whiting Awards, given to 10 writers annually, are “based on early accomplishment and the promise of great work to come.” 

-Michael Candelaria

Read the full article here.

Dona Mayor author headshot

Dona Mayoora, studying Poetry in the Expanded Field, recently received the WTPLive Literary Award for her poetry collection titled “Neela Moonga (Blue Owl).” The work is Mayoora’s second poetry collection (68 Malayalam poems), published in late 2019. A second edition was published in early 2020.

WTPlive, a literary magazine based in Chennai, India, annually presents literary awards in the categories of novel, poetry, short story and literary criticism.

Mayoora has created calligraphy story series, which are graphic narratives without text. Her visual poems have been part of group exhibitions in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Canada and the United States. Awards for her Malayalam poetry date back to 2011.

-Michael Candelaria

Read the full article here.

Transversal book cover

Poetry faculty Urayoán Noel’s new book of poems Transversal takes a disruptive approach to poetic translation, opening up alternative ways of reading as poems get translated or transcreated into entirely new pieces.

“Urayoán Noel is one of the most innovative poets writing today. This book transgresses the lines of translation and transcreation, while also transversing the coordinates of the translingual and the transhemispheric.” Craig Santos Perez, author of Habitat Threshold

Pablo Vindel book

Pablo Vindel, Poetry in the Expanded Field alumnus, has released a limited edition artist book from her(e) to now(here) which is now available through Naranja Publicaciones.

"[Vindel] treats his words the same way he treats his images: they are constellations, not descriptions." - Sabrina Mandanici, Collector Daily


Renner Nat Geo

Prose alumna Rebecca Renner’s new novel Gator Country will be published by Flatiron Books in 2023. 


Renner is a contributing writer to National Geographic. Her article on vivid and unusual dreaming during the pandemic was viewed by over a million readers. 

Almonds are Members of the Peach Family

Almonds are Members of the Peach Family from Prose faculty Stephanie Sauer received the 2018 Noemi Press Book Award for Prose. 

"Tell the truth about what happened to the body, this book seems to say. Tell the truth about the time in which the body got to be a body, and make it real." - Bhanu Kapil

Reconception of Marie

Program Director Teresa Carmody's newest novel The Reconception of Marie is available for purchase now.

"Sharp, funny and devastating, this coming of age tale of a young queer girl in the Christian far-right community of Michigan is essential reading for anyone who has ever felt like a misfit." - Mona Awad

The Rape Kit

Poetry in the Expanded Field faculty and program co-founder Terri Witek won Slope Editions' 16th Annual Book Contest with her sixth book of poetry, The Rape Kit

"The range and depth of this book is astonishing in its precision, and in its probing. The Rape Kit manages an unrelenting force of return to languages of steely repression, thereby stealing power from the gaze of the apparatuses and those behind it. It is a miraculous accomplishment." - Dawn Lundy Martin

Pat Steir

From Prose faculty Veronica Gonzalez, the documentary Pat Steir: Artist is now available to stream on Apple TV, Google Play, Prime Video, and Vimeo on Demand. 

"In [the film], Steir’s spirited ruminations on her work—large-scale paintings produced by pouring, dripping, and splashing colors thinned with linseed oil and turpentine—become a kind of feminist manifesto: For a woman artist of her generation, it took an iron will just to be in the picture." - Marley Marius, Vogue