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MFA in Creative Writing

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.

Allyson Horton (’14) Quick Fire, Third World Press 2018

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

David Marsh ('16) The Confessions of Adam, Apprentice House Press Forthcoming. 

Ashley Petry (’15) 100 Things to Do in Indianapolis Before You Die, Reedy Press 2015.

Ashley Petry (’15) Secret Indianapolis: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure, Reedy Press Forthcoming 2018.

Annie Sullivan (’12) A Touch of Gold, Blink/HarperCollins 2018.

Annie Sullivan ('12) The Lady and the Tiger, Blink Forthcoming 2019. 

Annie Sullivan ('12) A Curse of Gold, Blink Forthcoming 2020. 

Journals & Magazines + Anthologies

Kaveh Akbar (’15) The New Yorker, Poetry, Tin House, Ploughshares, Best New Poets 2016, Paris Review "Poetry RX"

Andrea Boucher (Pen: A. Lyn Carol) Windmill, Redivider, Hippocampus, The Rumpus

Maria Cook (’10) Marie Claire

Laura Kendall (’15) Creative Nonfiction, Vela, Tahoma Literary Review, Eastern Iowa Review

Allyson Horton (’14) It Was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip Hop (Minor Arcana Press)

Mark Lilley Poet Lore, Nagatuck River Review, Connecticut Review, Southern Indiana Review

Douglas Manuel (’13) Poetry Northwest, Rhino, North American Review, The Chattahoochee Review, New Orleans Review

Katie O’Neill (’15) The MacGuffin, Word Riot, Hippocampus Magazine, 34th Parallel

Ashley Petry (’15), Midwest Living, Condé Nast Traveler, Indianapolis Monthly, Indianapolis Star

Ty Sassaman Georgia Review, Sun Magazine

Chris Speckman ('13) Cimarron Review, It Was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip Hop (Minor Arcana Press), Passages North, Pank, Word Riot

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); Visiting Assistant Professor, Purdue University; Faculty, Randolph MFA. 

Suzette Hackney Indianapolis star editorial board

Emma Faesi Hudelson PhD candidate, University of Cincinnatti

Laura Kendall Owner Second Flight Books, Lafayette Indiana

Douglas Manuel PhD Candidate, University of Southern California

Katie O’Neill PhD Candidate, University of Louisiana