Alum Kerrin McCadden (poetry, ’14) won the Vermont Book Award for her collection Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes (New Issues Poetry & Prose 2014).
Faculty member Marianne Boruch won the $10,000 Indiana Authors Award for 2015, given to a writer with Indiana ties, but whose work is known and read throughout the country.
Faculty member Lauren Groff was a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction for Fates and Furies.
Faculty member Maud Casey won this year’s $50,000 St Francis College Literary Prize for The Man who Walked Away (Bloomsbury, 2014) as well as a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship.
Faculty member Jennifer Grotz has received a 2016 Literary Translation fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Faculty member Laura van den Berg has been awarded the 2015 Jeannette Haien Ballard Writers’ Prize, a $25,000 annual prize given to “a young writer of proven excellence in poetry or prose.”
Alum Patrick Donnelly (poetry, ’03) and Stephen D. Miller’s co-translations of Japanese poems in The Wind from Vulture Peak: The Buddhification of Japanese Waka in the Heian Period (Cornell East Asia Series, 2013) have been awarded the 2015-2016 Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature by the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture at Columbia University. Established in 1979 and including a monetary award, it is the oldest prize for Japanese literary translation in the United States; previous winners include W.S. Merwin.
A story by alum Nancy J. Allen (fiction, ’12) appears in River Styx Guide to Revenge. The magazine can be purchased at: http://riverstyx.org/donate/index.php.
Ellen Bryant Voigt, program founder, was awarded a 2015 MacArthur Fellowship.