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In 2006, The Atlantic Monthly ranked the top ten MFA programs and the top five PhD programs in the country. Only one program made both of those lists: Florida State University. The Creative Writing Program is now affiliated with FSU's top-ranked schools of Film and Theatre. Our faculty includes winners of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, as well as professors who are not only dedicated to the craft of writing but who are also widely known as teachers of the craft. We also happen to be located in the heart of Tallahassee: a capital city with Southern charm, where the roads are lined with live oaks and the world's best oysters are shucked fresh from the Gulf.
This spring FSU's Creative Writing Program partners with Seven Days of Opening Nights to welcome back alumni Matt Bondurant and Jane Springer for a reading at the Alumni Center Ballroom. Matt Bondurant's newest novel The Night Swimmer (Scribner) was published in January 2012 and was featured in The New York Times Book Review, Outside Magazine, and The Daily Beast, among others. His novel The Wettest County in the World (Scribner, 2008) was a New York Times Editor's Pick, a San Francisco Chronicle Best 50 Books of the Year, and was made into the feature film Lawless, starring Shia LaBeouf, Jessica Chastain, Gary Oldman, and Florida State University alumnus Marcus Hester. Our second reader, Jane Springer, is the author of two collections of poetry, Dear Blackbird, (Agha Shahid Ali Prize, 2007) and Murder Ballad (Beatrice Hawley Award, 2012). Her honors include the Robert Penn Warren Prize for Poetry, a Pushcart Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Whiting Writers' Award. She currently teaches English and Creative Writing at Hamilton College in New York. Mark your calendars, and join us on Tuesday, February 18th, 7:30pm, at the Alumni Center Ballroom. Tickets may be purchased on the Seven Days' website (students: $10, general admission: $35) at http://www.sevendaysfestival.org/performers/matt-bondurant-jane-springer.
We are extremely proud of our graduate students, the lifeblood of our program. No creative writing program in the country has been included more often in Harcourt's Best New American Voices. Recent graduates have published books with Hyperion, Norton, Viking, MacAdam/Cage, Penguin, Henry Holt, Simon & Schuster, Copper Canyon, Houghton Mifflin, and several university presses. Our students have published in The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The Southern Review, Harper's, Ploughshares, and many other distinguished magazines, as well as read on NPR's Our poets have gone on to capture major national poetry prizes resulting in book publication, including the Prairie Schooner Book Prize, the Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry, and The Brittingham Poetry Prize.
Click here to see a small sampling of the recent publications and awards from our dynamic graduate students and alumni.