Student & Alumni Accomplishments

We love to brag about our students and alumni. Here’s a short list of their accomplishments.


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

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 2023

Douglas Manuel (’13) Testify, Ren Hen Press 2017.

David J. Marsh (’16) The Confessions of Adam, Bold Vision Books 2019.

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.

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

Awards & Prizes

Kaveh Akbar (’15) 2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, Pushcart Prize.

Andrea Boucher Redivider 2017 Beacon Street Prize in Nonfiction; Pushcart nomination and Redivider 2016 Blurred Genre Contest.

Suzette Hackney Salute to Excellence Award for Commentary by the National Association of Black Journalists, 2017.

Other Accomplishments

Kaveh Akbar (’15); Associate Professor, Purdue University; Faculty, Randolph MFA; Poetry editor at The Nation.

Anothony Borruso PhD candidate, Florida State University

Suzette Hackney USA Today, national columnist and editorial board member

Emma Faesi Hudelson PhD candidate, University of Cincinnatti; Visiting Assistant Professor, Franklin College

Laura Kendall Owner Second Flight Books, Lafayette Indiana

Douglas Manuel PhD, University of Southern California; Creative Writing Faculty, Spalding University MFA

Katie O’Neill PhD, University of Louisiana

Colby Ornell PhD candidate, University of Huston

Natalie Solmer Founder, The Indianapolis Review

Natalie Tombasco PhD candidate, Florida State University