Creative Writing at WVU: Wild, Wonderful Writing

WVU’s MFA graduates have published in hundreds of literary journals, including prestigious venues such as: AGNI, Southern Review, Gettysburg Review, Field, Prairie Schooner, Tar River Poetry, Ninth Letter, Northwest Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Journal, 32 Poems, Georgetown Review, Controlled Burn, Colorado Review, Pank, Malahat Review, Mid-American Review, Paste, Chelsea, Washington Square, Laurel Review, Slant, New Orleans Review, and in the anthology Layers of Possibility: Healing Poetry. Recent MFA students have won Intro Prizes sponsored by the Association of Writers and Writing Programs and the GreenTower Press’s chapbook prize and have published book-length collections of poetry and fiction. Recent graduates have won honors such as the Iowa Poetry Prize and the Walt Whitman Award.

We look forward to hearing from students and alumni about achievements and publications. Please send your good news to Creative Writing Assistant Sarah Munroe

Alumni Work and Achievements

WVU’s creative writing alumni achieve significant honors in writing and varied positions in writing and teaching.

Books by Alumni

Mot, a Memoir (forthcoming from the University of Georgia Press) by Sarah Einstein, MFA 2011

Shake Terribly the Earth (Ohio University Press) by Sarah Beth Childers, MFA 2009

How I Went Red (Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series) by Maggie Glover, MFA 2008

A Little Middle of the Night (University of Iowa Press) by Molly Brodak, MFA 2008

Crackpots (Houghton Mifflin), Lately (Houghton Mifflin), and Help Wanted: Female (Etruscan Press) by Sara Pritchard, MFA 2004

Waiting for a Warm Body to Fill It (Cinnamon Press) A Thousand Wings (Salmon Poetry), and bird blind (forthcoming from Tebot Bach Press) by Kelly Moffett, MFA 2004

Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird (Ruka Press) by Katie Fallon, MFA 2003

Publications, Awards, and Achievements

Justin D. Anderson, MFA in Fiction, 2012, has stories appearing or forthcoming in Whitefish Review, South Dakota Review, Controlled Burn, Word Riot, Inwood Indiana, Necessary Fiction, Flyway , Connotation Press, Emprise Review, The Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Fractured West, BLIP, Pank, Potomac Review, Brevity, Grey Sparrow Journal, Chocorua Review, and The Fiction Desk.

Kirsten Beachy, MFA in Fiction, 2005, is the editor of Tongue Screws and Testimonies: Poems, Stories, and Essays Inspired by the Martyrs Mirror. It is published by Herald Press.

Lisa Beans, MFA in Poetry, 2012, was awarded the Fulbright Fellowship in 2012. Her poem “The Elk” appeared in the September 2013 issue of The Southeast Review..

Molly Brodak, MFA in Poetry, 2008, is the winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize. A Little Middle of the Night was published in March 2010 by the University of Iowa Press.

Justin Crawford, MFA in Fiction, 2012, had his short story, “Converge,” appear in Inwood Indiana. His short story, “Death and Progeny” appeared in The Meadow, and his short story “Bone County Snake Oil” appeared in the June 2012 issue of Prick of the Spindle.

Sarah Einstein, MFA in Creative Nonfiction, 2011, won the 2014 AWP Award Series for Creative Nonfiction. Her book, Mot, a Memoir, is forthcoming from the University of Georgia Press. Her essay “Mott” has been published in Ninth Letter and won a Pushcart Prize. Her essay “Self-portrait in Apologies” has been published in the fall 2010 issue of Fringe, and her essay “FAT” has been published in a special October 2010 queer-themed edition of PANK.

Katie Fallon, MFA in Creative Nonfiction, 2003, is the author of Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird, published fall of 2011 by Ruka Press. She has also published essays in River Teeth, Fourth Genre, Ecotone, Isotope, Appalachian Heritage, Fourth River, Now & Then, Rivendell, and Pine Mountain Sand and Gravel.

Jason Freeman, MFA in Fiction, 2010, has had his story story, “Red Devil Lye,” published in the summer 2011 edition of Crab Orchard Review.

Heather Frese, MFA in Fiction, 2011, has had an essay, “Fatigue,” published in Michigan Quarterly Review. It has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, listed in the Notable Essays section of Best American Essays 2010, and received special mention in the Pushcart Prize Anthology 2011. Her essay “Sombereros” has been selected as a finalist in Creative Non-fiction’s 2011 MFA Program-off and will be published on their website in the summer of 2011. Her fiction, “Kid Dynamite,” has been published in Fiction Weekly and “The Popular Girls’ Guide to Sticking it to Your Friends” has been published in The Los Angeles Review. Her poetry has been published in The New York Quarterly and Front Porch.

Charity Gingerich, MFA in Poetry, 2011, has had a collection of five poems published in The Center for Mennonite Writers. Her essay “Of the Meadow” has been published in Ruminate Magazine and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She also had a poem published in Ruminate Magazine.

Rachel King, MFA in Fiction, 2012, has had an essay, “Matryona and Me” published in The Birch: A Journal of Eastern European and Eurasian Culture. Her story, “Elevator Girl,” will be published in the 2012 edition of Farallon Review.

Matt London, MFA in Poetry, 2012, had his poem “Talkies” published in Issue #10 of Past Simple. His poems, “Future Birthdays” and “Monday Afternoon, Frame-by-Frame,” were published in New Delta Review. Another poem, “National Acoustic Symphonic Academy,” appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review and won the 2012 AWP Intro Journals Prize.

Kelly Moffett, MFA in Poetry, 2004, is the author of Waiting for a Warm Body to Fill It and A Thousand Wings. Her most recent collection, bird blind, is forthcoming from Tebot Bach Press.

Sara Pritchard, MFA in Fiction, 2004, is the author of Crackpots, winner of the 2002 Katharine Nason Bakeless Prize for Fiction and a New York Times 2003 Notable Book of the Year (Houghton Mifflin); Lately, (Houghton Mifflin); and the forthcoming Help Wanted: Female (Etruscan Press). Sara has published stories and essays in The Tusculum Review, New Letters, Green Mountains Review, Northwest Review, Chattahoochee Review, Antietam Review, Arts & Letters, and elsewhere. Her additional awards include first place for “Two Studies in Entropy” for the 2007 Alexander Patterson Cappon Award for Fiction, sponsored by New Letters. “Two Studies in Entropy” also won the 2008 New Letters Readers’ Choice Award and the 2008 Pushcart Prize for Fiction. In 2002, Sara was a Bread Loaf Writers Conference Fellow. The same year, she won the AWP Inro Journals Award. She won the West Virginia Commission on the Arts 2002 Literary Fellowship for Fiction, and earned that distinction again in 2007.

Rebecca Schwab, MFA in Fiction, 2011, had her story “Funeral Hats” published in Issue #11 of 69 Flavors of Paranoia.

Kelly Sundberg, MFA in Creative Nonfiction, 2012, had her essay “Two Atlantas” published in the June 2011 issue of Connotation Press. Her essay “Secrets and Lies” was published in Fringe, reprinted in Writing in Public, and nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize. Kelly won first prize in Slice Magazine’s Bridging the Gap Contest. Her winning essay, “Like Mourners’ Bread,” will appear in the 2012 issue of the magazine. Her essay “Cruelty Was The Only Thing She Knew” appeared in Quarterly West..

Rebecca Thomas, MFA in Fiction, 2013, has work published or forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Hunger Mountain, Gulf Stream, Fifth Wednesday, and other journals.