Creative Writing

Books by Students & Alumni

The Department of Creative Writing prides itself upon student success. Our students and alumni have published more than 100 books and chapbooks. Jason Mott's first novel became the ABC TV series The Returned; Brad Land's debut memoir the 2016 movie Goat; Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams received a $25,000 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award and a $50,000 Whiting Writers Award; Arianna Nadia Nash won the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry; Rochelle Hurt won the Barrow Street Book Prize; Leah Osowski won the Wick Poetry Prize at Kent State; Emily Carr won the New Measures Poetry Prize; Xhenet Aliu won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize; the list of books goes on and on—and with publishers such as St. Martins; Algonquin; Viking; Ballantine; Morrow; Random House; Simon and Schuster. In addition to books, alumni have published some hundreds of poems, stories, essays, and reviews in prominent and vital venues. Indeed, here are a few of the magazines with which recent students published while still in the program: The Georgia Review, Black Warrior Review, The Journal, Crazyhorse, Indiana Review, Colorado Review, Agni, North American Review, Green Mountains Review, Third Coast, Puerto del Sol, Passages North, Oxford American, River Teeth, Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre; The Paris Review Daily, Poetry International, Granta Online, and The Nation.

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Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams, MFA '07
TMWDWD

The Man Who Danced With Dolls

(Madras Press, 2011)

Lavonne J. Adams, MFA '99
TTGP

Through the Glorieta Pass

(Pearl Books, March 2009)

Xhenet Aliu, MFA '07

Brass

(Random House, 2018)

DWT

Domesticated Wild Things, and Other Stories
Winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction

(University of Nebraska Press, 2013)

Meghan Barnes, MFA '11
So Long

(Telling Our Stories Press, 2012)

Anne Clinard Barnhill, MFA '01

The Beautician's Notebook

(Moonshine Cove Publishing, LLC, 2017)

Queen Elizabeth's Daughter

(St. Martin's Griffin, 2014)

Mercy

At the Mercy of the Queen: A Novel of Anne Boleyn

(St. Martin's Press, 2012)

Coal, Baby

(FinishingLine Press, 2012)

What You Long For, by Anne Barnhill

What You Long For

(Main Street Rag, 2009)

At Home in the Land of Oz, by Anne Barnhill

At Home in the Land of Oz: Autism, My Sister, and Me

(Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2007)

George Bishop, Jr., MFA '01
NofC

The Night of the Comet

(Ballantine Books, 2013)

Letter to My Daughter, by George Bishop

Letter to My Daughter

(Random House, 2010)

Emma Bolden, MFA '05

medi(t)ations

(Noctuary Press, 2016)

Geography V

(Argus House Press, 2014)

melaficae

Maleficae

(GenPop Books, 2013)

The Chapbook, Volume 2: This Is Our Hollywood

(The Chapbook, 2013)

Sad Epistles

The Sad Epistles

(Dancing Girl Press, 2008)

TMW

The Mariner's Wife

(Finishing Line Press, 2008)

EBE

How to Recognize a Lady

(published as part of Edge by Edge, the third in Toadlily Press' Quartet Series, 2007)

Michelle Boyajian, MFA '05
Lies of the Heart, by Michelle Boyajian

Lies of the Heart

(Viking Adult, 2010)

Jason Bradford, MFA '16
The Inhabitants, by Jason Bradford

The Inhabitants

(Final Thursday Press, 2013)

candle
A Celebration of
Jason Bradford

Emily Carr, MFA '04

Up the Shinbone Superlatives

(Horse Less Press, 2012)

13 Ways of Happily

(Parlor Press, 2011)

Directions for Flying, by Emily Carr

Directions for Flying / 36 fits: a young wife's almanac

(Furniture Press Books, 2010)

Sarah Creech, BFA '05

The Whole Way Home

(William Morrow, 2017)

Season of the Dragonflies

(William Morrow, 2014)

Patrick Culliton, MFA '06

Sam’s Teeth

(Subito Press, 2017)

Kate Cumiskey, MFA '06
Yonder

Yonder

(Silent E Publishing, 2014)

SiNSB

Surfing in New Smyrna Beach

(Arcadia Publishing, 2010)

Daren Dean, MFA '03

Far Beyond the Pale

(CreateSpace, 2010)

Brian Devido, MFA '01
Every Time I Talk to Liston, by Brian DeVido

Every Time I Talk to Liston

(Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2004)

Kevin Dublin, BFA '10

How to Fall in Love in San Diego

(Finishing Line Press, 2017)

Jason Frye, MFA '05
MoonParkway

Moon Road Trips: Blue Ridge Parkway

(Avalon Travel, 2015)

Every Time I Talk to Liston, by Brian DeVido

Moon North Carolina Coast

(Avalon Travel, 2014)

Every Time I Talk to Liston, by Brian DeVido

Moon North Carolina

(Avalon Travel, 2014)

Nina de Gramont, MFA '06

The Distance from Me to You

(Putnam's Sons, 2015)

The Last September

(Algonquin, 2015)

The Boy I Love, by Nina de Gramont

The Boy I Love

(Simon & Schuster, 2014)

MMATR

Meet Me at the River

(Atheneum, 2013)

Rogue Touch

(Kingswell, 2013)

Every Little Thing in the World, by Nina de Gramont

Every Little Thing in the World

(Atheneum, 2010)

Gossip of the Starlings

(Algonquin Books, 2008)

Choice: True Stories of Birth, Contraception, Infertility, Adoption, Single Parenthood and Abortion, co-editor

(MacAdam Cage, 2007)

Of Cats and Men, by Nina de Gramont

Of Cats and Men

(Random House, 2002)

David Harris-Gershon, MFA '09
WDYB

What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Your Wife?

(Oneworld Publications, 2013)

Eli Hastings, MFA '04
Clearly Now, The Rain

Clearly Now, the Rain: A Memoir of Love and Other Trips

(ECW Press, 2013)

Falling Room, by Eli Hastings

Falling Room

(Bison Books, 2006)

Jeremy Hawkins, MFA '11
The Last Days of Video

The Last Days of Video

(Soft Skull Press, 2015)

Ben Hoffman, MFA '13

Together, Apart

Together, Apart

(Origami Zoo Press, 2014)

Kirsten Holmstedt, MFA '06

Soul Survivors

(Stackpole Books, 2016)

The Girls Come Marching Home, by Kirsten Holmstedt

The Girls Come Marching Home: Stories of Women Warriors Returning from the War in Iraq

(Stackpole Books, 2009)

Band of Sisters, by Kirsten Holmstedt

Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq

(Stackpole Books, 2007)

Elizabeth King Humphrey, MFA '03
TRC

Idiot's Guide: Gluten-Free Eating

(DK Publishing, Inc., 2014)

TRC

The Feminist Movement Today

(Mason Crest, 2013)

Rochelle Hurt, MFA '11

In Which I Play the Runaway winner of the Barrow Street Book Prize

(Barrow Street Press, 2016)

TRC

The Rusted City: A Novel in Poems

Winner of the Marie Alexander Poetry Series 2012 Open Submission Reading

(White Pine Press, 2014)

Erato Ioannou, MFA '01

Tell Me a Tale

Tell Me A Tale, an anthology

(Armida Publications, 2012)

Cats

Cats Have it All

(Armida Publications, 2004)

Cyprus Engraved

Cyprus Engraved: A Book of History and Direction

(Cyprus Museum, 2002)

Nancy J. Jones, MFA '98
Molly, by Nancy J. Jones

Molly

(Crown, 2000)

Shawna Kenney, MFA '07

Live at the Safari Club: A History of Hardcore Punk in the Nation’s Capital

(Rare Bird Books, 2017)

book lovers

Book Lovers: Stories (editor)

(Seal Press, 2014)

Imposters, by Shawna Kenney

Imposters

(Mark Batty Publisher, 2008)

I Was a Teenage Dominatrix, by Shawna Kenney

I Was a Teenage Dominatrix

(Last Gasp of San Francisco, 2001)

Gwendolyn Knapp, MFA '06

After A While You Just Get Used To It: A Tale of Family Clutter

(Gotham/Penguin Random House, 2015)

Drew Krepp, MFA '15
Salt Marsh King

Salt Marsh King

(Bancroft Press, 2014)

Brad Land, MFA '02
Pilgrims Upon the Earth, by Brad Land

Pilgrims Upon the Earth: A Novel

(Random House, 2007)

Goat, by Brad Land

Goat: A Memoir

(Random House, 2005)

Robert Dean Lurie, MFA '05

We Can Be Heroes: The Radical Individualism of David Bowie

(Liberty Island Media, 2016)

No Certainty Attached, by Robert Dean Lurie

The Edge: Life Lessons from a Martial Arts Master

(CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013)

No Certainty Attached, by Robert Dean Lurie

No Certainty Attached: Steve Kilbey and The Church

(Verse Chorus Press, 2009)

Josh MacIvor-Andersen, MFA ’11

Rooted: The Best New Arboreal Nonfiction

(Outpost 19 Books, 2017)

On Heights & Hunger

(Outpost 19 Books, 2016)

Catherine McCall, MFA '03
Lifeguarding, by Catherine McCall

Lifeguarding: A Memoir of Secrets, Swimming, and the South

(Harmony Books, 2006)

JM Miller, MFA '08

Wilderness Lessons

(FutureCycle Press, 2016)

Jacob Steven Mohr, BFA ’16

The Book of Apparitions

(Ugly Sapling, 2016)

Amelia Morris, MFA '09
Bon Appetempt

Bon Appétempt

(Grand Central Publishing, 2015)

Jamie Mortara, MFA '13
Some Planet

Some Planet

(YesYes Books, 2015)

Small Creatures

Small Creatures/Wide Field

(tNY.Press, 2014)

Jason Mott, MFA '08
The Returned

The Wonder of All Things

(Mira Books, 2014)

The Returned

The Returned

(Mira Books, 2013)

HBM

...Hide Behind Me...

(Main Street Rag, 2011)

We Call This Thing Between Us Love, by Jason Mott

We Call This Thing Between Us Love

(Main Street Rag, 2009)

Ariana Nadia Nash, MFA '11
skin

Instructions for Preparing Your Skin 
Winner of the Philip Levine Prize in Poetry

(Anhinga Press, 2013)

OBIS

Our Blood Is Singing

(Damask Press, 2012)

Yvette Neisser Moreno, MFA '00
Grip

Grip  Winner of the Gival Press Poetry Award

(Gival Press, 2012)

South Pole/Polo Sur, translated by Yvette Neisser Moreno

South Pole/Polo Sur (translation)

(Settlement House Books, 2011)

Difficult Beauty, translated by Yvette Neisser Moreno

Difficult Beauty: Selected Poems (1987-2006) (translation)

(Cross-Cultural Communications, 2009)

Derek Nikitas, MFA '00

Extra Life

(Polis Books, 2015)

The Long Division, by Derek Nikitas

The Long Division

(St. Martin's Minotaur, 2009)

Pyres, by Derek Nikitas

Pyres

(St. Martin's Minotaur, 2008)

Leah Poole Osowski, MFA '14

Hover Over Her
Winner of the Stan & Tom Wick Poetry Prize

(Kent State University Press, 2015)

Rebecca Petruck, MFA '07
Steering

Steering Toward Normal

(ABRAMS/Amulet, 2014)

Dawn Evans Radford, MFA '99
Oyster Flats, by Dawn Evans Radford

Oyster Flats

(Pottersville Press, 2007)

Cindy Horrell Ramsey, MFA '06
Boys of the Battleship North Carolina, by Cindy Horrell Ramsey

Boys of the Battleship North Carolina

(John F. Blair, 2007)

a la carte
XXEccentric

XX Eccentric: Stories About the Eccentricities of Women (editor)

(Main Street Rag, 2009)

Flirting

Flirting With Ridicule

(Main Street Rag, 2005)

YSGTLA

You Should Get That Looked At

(Main Street Rag, 2004)

Carmen Rodrigues, MFA '10
34 Pieces of You

34 Pieces of You

(Simon Pulse, 2012)

Not Anything, by Carmen Rodrigues

Not Anything

(Berkley Trade, 2008)

Anne Russell, MFA '99
TD

Tropical Depression

(Bradley Creek Press, 2013)

TWGOS

The Wayward Girls of Samarcan, A True Story

(Bradley Creek Press, 2012)

Seabiscuit

Seabiscuit: Wild Pony of the Outer Banks

(Coastal Carolina Press, 2001)

Russell4

Wilmington: A Pictorial History

(Donning Pub, 1994)

Dana Sachs, MFA '00 
Secret

The Secret of the Nightingale Palace: A Novel

(William Morrow, 2013)

If You Lived Here, Dana Sachs

If You Lived Here

(HarperCollins, 2008)

The House on Dream Street, by Dana Sachs

The House on Dream Street

(Seal Press, 2003)

Kristina M. Serrano, BFA '12
Slow Echoes

Slow Echoes

(Forever More Publishing, 2016)

Ryan Spooner, BFA '09
Regret

Regret

(Lettered Streets Press, 2014)

Barbara Sullivan, MFA '11
Garden Perennials for the Coastal South, by Barbara Sullivan

Garden Perennials for the Coastal South

(UNC Press, 2003)

Kate Sweeney, MFA '09
Afterlife

American Afterlife

(UGA Press, 2014)

Daniel Nathan Terry, MFA '10 
CityOfStarlings

City of Starlings

(Sibling Rivalry Press, 2015)

Waxwings

Waxwings

(Lethe Press, 2012)

DODM

Days of Dark Miracles

(Seven Kitchens Press, 2011)

Capturing the Dead, by Daniel Nathan Terry

Capturing the Dead 
Winner of the Stevens Poetry Manuscript Prize

(National Federation of State Poetry Societies Press, 2008)

Jessica Thummel, MFA '12

The Cure for Lonely
Winner of the Dundee International Book Prize

(Freight Books, 2017)

Matt Tullis, MFA '05

Running With Ghosts: A Memoir of Surviving Childhood Cancer

(The Sager Group, 2017)

Jay Varner, MFA '07
Nothing Left to Burn, by Jay Varner

Nothing Left to Burn

(Algonquin Books, 2010)

Jesse Waters, MFA '02
Human Resources, by Jesse Waters

Human Resources

(Ink Brush Press, 2011)

Cheryl Wilder, BFA '05

What Binds Us

(Finishing Line Press, 2017)

Snežana Žabić, MFA '05
Human Resources, by Jesse Waters

Broken Records

(Punctum Books, 2014)

Human Resources, by Jesse Waters

Po(jest)zija Po(eat)ry

(SKCNS, 2013)

Forthcoming:

Emma Bolden, MFA '05

House is an Enigma (Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2018)
Winner of the 2017 Cowles Poetry Prize

Regina DiPerna, MFA '13

A Map of Veins (Floodgate Poetry Series, 2018)

Johannes Lichtman, MFA '12

Such Good Work (Simon & Schuster, 2019)

Jason Mott, MFA '08

The Crossing (Harlequin/Park Row, 2018)

Rebecca Petruck, MFA '07

Boy Bites Bug (ABRAMS/Amulet, 2018)

Emily Paige Wilson, MFA '16

I'll Build Us a Home (Finishing Line Press, 2018)