Congratulations to Anthony Doerr, Alan Shapiro, and Martha Rhodes

anthonydoerr175Friends of Writers wishes to congratulate faculty member Anthony Doerr, who has been awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his novel All the Light We Cannot See.

Congratulations, also, to faculty member Alan Shapiro whose book Reel to Reel was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.

We also congratulate faculty member Martha Rhodes, founder, publisher and editor of Four Way books, which is the proud publisher of Digest by Gregory Pardlo, the winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.


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“Necropolis” by Laura Swearingen-Steadwell

A poem by alum Laura Swearingen-Steadwell (poetry, ’14) appears at The Collagist:

Out of town, down
along the cliffs and walls
sunken in surrounding earth,

ahead for miles, the towns, farms,
vineyards, and gentle hills of Umbria,
gold and orange, soaking up the open sun,

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Two Poems by Melissa Roberts

Two poems by alum Melissa Roberts (poetry, ’12), Afterwards and Loneliness, appear at The Collagist:


The room feels small or large
depending on how small you are within it

and whether or not a man is touching you
while you’re thinking about something else—

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Selections from “The Greenhouse” by Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet

Three poems by alum Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet (poetry, ’05) excerpted from her upcoming book The Greenhouse appear at The Collagist:


(When the giant sacrifices himself for the boy)
(and on the screen

the men marching toward him      all the pieces
falling from his metal body
steaming in the snow)

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Two Poems by Kathy Alma Peterson

Two poems by alum Kathy Alma Peterson (poetry, ’07) appear at IthacaLit:

Sleight with Homage to Linen

Without ransack a theft can go undetected
for months       even years may pass before

trained eyes miss the heirloom watch      hands
(arms, really) frozen at the moment it was lifted

(taken from the bureau where it was to be for life)

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