Student & Alumni Success

We love to brag about our students and alumni.


Kaveh Akbar ’15 Calling a Wolf a Wolf, Alice James Books 2017; Pilgrim Bell, Graywolf 2021; The Penguin Book of Spiritual Verse: 100 Poets on the Divine, Penguin UK 2022; Another Last Call: Poems on Addiction & Deliverance, forthcoming Sarabande Books 2023; Martyr!,  forthcoming Penguin Random House 2024.

Lisa Hendrickson  Burning the Breeze: Three Generations of Women in the American West, Bison Books 2021.

Allyson Horton ’14 Quick Fire, Third World Press 2018.

Emma Faesi Hudelson ’15 Sky Watch: The Untold Story of America’s Greatest Show Horse, forthcoming University of Kentucky Press 2024.

Douglas Manuel ’13 Testify, Ren Hen Press 2017; Trouble Funk, Red Hen Press 2023.

David J. Marsh ’16 The Confessions of Adam, Bold Vision Books 2019; Waterborne: Chronicle of the Clan of Noah, Bold Vision Books 2023.

Ashley Petry ’15 100 Things to Do in Indianapolis Before You Die, Reedy Press 2015;  Secret Indianapolis: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure, Reedy Press 2020; Secret Indianapolis: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure, Reedy Press 2019

Annie Sullivan ’12 A Touch of Gold, Blink/HarperCollins 2018; Tiger Queen  HarperCollins/Focus 2019; A Curse of Gold HarperCollins/Focus 2020

Natalie Tombasco ’18 Milk for Gall, forthcoming from Southern Indiana  Review

Awards, Prizes, and Other Accomplishments

Butler MFA students and alumni have won many prestigious prizes and awards for their writing, such as: Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, Pushcart Prize, Dornsfife Fellowship, Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship, Levis Reading Prize, Redivider Beacon Street Prize in Nonfiction, Edward R. Murrow award, Central Great Lakes Emmy Award, Dana Gioia Poetry Award, and Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist grants.

Our students have continued their studies as PhD students at Florida State University, University of Southern California, University of Louisiana, University of Huston, University of Cincinatti, Georgia State University, and University of Nebraska Lincoln.

We are immensely proud of our alumni who have opened bookstores (more than one!), founded literary journals and independent presses. They  have become professors, freelance writers and editors, game designers, speech writers, public school teachers, non-profit VPs and directors, communications managers, national columnists, and award-winning journalists.