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Mattawa Named MacArthur Fellow

"Those who think creativity is dying should examine the life’s work of these extraordinary innovators who work in diverse fields and in different ways to improve our lives and better our world,” said Cecilia Conrad, Vice President, MacArthur Fellows Program. “Together, they expand our view of what is possible, and they inspire us to apply our own talents and imagination.”

Among those to whom Conrad was referring as she introduced the 2014 recipients of MacArthur Foundation Fellowship's was our own Khaled Mattawa, who received his MFA in poetry here in 1994. Mattawa's work in translation, transnationalism and Arab and Arab-American poetry makes important contributions to a better understanding of the important role art has to play in cultural mediation. The MacArthur Foundation Fellowships are among the most prestigious accolades in the academic world. Congratulations, Khaled!

Read more about Prof. Mattawa's work and the MacArthur Foundation here: http://www.macfound.org/fellows/922/
Alison Powell’s On the Desire to Levitate (Ohio U.P., 2014)

Congratulations to Alison Powell (Poetry, 2006) whose On the Desire to Levitate won last year’s Hollis Summers Poetry Prize, and has just been released by Ohio University Press.

This striking collection includes vivid, unflinching meditations on aging, mythology, poetry, and family. In tight, elegant lines that alternate between homage and elegy, these poems explore known subjects with a rebellious eye: a defeated Hercules and a bitter Eurydice, a sympathetic Lucifer, and generations of adolescent girls as mythical adventurers moving within a beloved but confining Midwest. Yet in Powell's skillful hands, hardship never overtakes: as judge Charles Hood writes, “There's often a delicious humor in this work, and always a deep and lasting integrity.”

http://www.ohioswallow.com/book/On+the+Desire+to+Levitate
NPR interview with Kiese Laymon about his recently published essay collection

Read the entire story and listen to the interview here.
Filipelli Publishes Elseplace

Congratulations to Laura Filipelli (MFA, Poetry, 2003) on the publication of her first book, Elseplace, by the Brooklyn Arts Press!

Ryan Teitman wins $25,000 from NEA

Ryan Teitman, MFA 2010 (Poetry), recieved $25,000 from the NEA to work on his second collection of poems. See story here Congratulations Ryan!
Kyle Dargan interviewed by Bill Moyers

Poet Kyle Dargan (MFA, 2006) was recently interviewed by Bill Moyers for an upcoming episode of "Moyers & Company" on PBS. He recently read from his work on WFIU's "The Poets Weave". Podcast
Phil Metres wins NEA Grant

Phil Metres (MFA, PhD; 2001) was recently awarded a 2013 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Congratulations Phil!
David J Daniels, MFA Poetry, 1999, won the Four Way Books Intro Prize

David J Daniels, MFA Poetry, 1999, won the Four Way Books Intro Prize for Poetry this year,for his collection CLEAN (selected by D.A. Powell):

http://www.fourwaybooks.com/
Marcus Wicker's first book Maybe the Saddest Thing was selected by DA Powell for the National Poetry Series

Marcus Wicker was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His first book Maybe the Saddest Thing was selected by DA Powell for the National Poetry Series and is forthcoming from Harper Collins in 2012. The recipient of a 2011 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, he has also held fellowships from Cave Canem, the Fine Arts Work Center, and Indiana University where he received his MFA. Marcus is assistant professor of English at University of Southern Indiana.

Ryan Teitman's first collection of poems, Litany for the City, will be published in March 2012

Ryan Teitman is a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University, and his first collection of poems, Litany for the City, will be published by BOA Editions in March 2012.