Sonja Condit book cover

Sonja Condit’s second book, The Banshee of Machrae, was recently published to rave reviews. Lisa Hase-Jackson’s first full-length collection of poetry, Flint and Fire, was selected by award-winning poet, Jericho Brown, for the Hilary Tham Capital Collection prize and will be published in Spring 2019. Explore the low-residency MFA at Converse…

MFA publications

MFA faculty member Cary Holladay had her newest book, Brides in the Sky, a collection of short stories, accepted for publication with the Ohio University Press. MFA nonfiction grad Cinelle Barnes ‘15 has new work in the current issue of Tayo Literary Magazine. The work is a chapter from her forthcoming book Monsoon Mansion. MFA…
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Susan Tekulve

Professor Susan Tekulve has a new book-length collection of essays titled Second Shift, published by Del Sol Press. The book has already been received with rave reviews. Professor Tekulve is the author of In the Garden of Stone, which won the 2012 South Carolina First Novel Prize and a 2014 Gold IPPY Award. She’s also…
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Leslie Pietrzyk

MFA fiction/nonfiction faculty Leslie Pietrzyk’s new novel, Silver Girl, published by Unnamed Press, has been released to rave reviews from prestigious organizations including Kirkus Reviews and Publisher’s Weekly. Learn More! Leslie Pietrzyk Low-residency MFA

MFA alumna Cinelle Barnes ’15 (Creative Nonfiction) upcoming book, Monsoon Mansion, was praised by Kirkus Reviews as, “A lyrically heartfelt memoir of resilience in the face of significant obstacles.” Barnes’ book will be released May 1, 2018. Explore the low-residency MFA at Converse…

Pick Your Poison Anthology cover

Congratulations to our Converse MFA students and graduates published in the recently released anthology, Pick Your Poison, from Owl Hollow Press: Gwen Holt Aaron Jensen Angela Raper Katie Piccirillo Sherman Clair Watson Explore the low-residency MFA at Converse…

Robert Olmstead's new novel Savage Country

Robert Olmstead’s book, Savage Country, made the Amazon “Best Books” page. Olmstead has received rave reviews in both Kirkus and the New York Times Book Review for his book. Learn More! MFA at Converse Robert Olmstead

MFA Young Adult Fiction student, Gwen Holt ’18, recently published her newest novel, Daughter 4254. Gwen, who publishes YA novels under the pseudonym of Leigh Statham, published Perilous Journey of the Much-too-Spontaneous Girl in 2016 and won the 2016 Southeast Review Nonfiction Prize for The Ditch Bank and the Fenceline. Learn More! See why Gwen chose…
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MFA Reunion Residency

The Converse Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing program will hold an Open House Information Session on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Montgomery Student Center’s Barnet Room on the Converse campus. The public is invited to attend; advance registration is not necessary. MFA faculty representing all writing genres will be available…
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Phillip Quinn Morris

MFA fiction graduate Phillip Quinn Morris ’14 is featured in France’s version of Rolling Stone Magazine. The article is related to the European publication of Morris’s novel, Mr. Alabama. Learn more about the MFA in Creative Writing at Converse…