Student, faculty, and alumni achievements

Here's what's going on with our students, faculty, and alumni as of March/April 2014!

Kristina Bicher, first-year MFA student in poetry, had four poems featured on the Columbia University literary blog Catch & Release on March 20. Kristina's chapbook Just Now Alive was a finalist in the New Women's Voices Series competition of Finishing Line Press and is slated for summer 2014 publication.

Current MFA student Krista Drummond has three poems, “Swimming,” “Apology,” and “Going Back” selected for publication inBlast Furnace.

Current MFA student Jackie Friedland's story entitled “Just Allowance” has been published in the online literary journal The Writing Disorder.

Besides having won the 2014 Good Housekeeping memoir contest (her essay appears in the May 2014 issue), current MFA student Jackie Mercurio has been published in the “Writing Lessons” series of the Ploughshares blog.

Current MFA student Sarah Paolantonio has published a music review on

Current undergraduate student Bekkah Olson '14 has four poems coming out in Vol. 25.2 (Fall/Winter 2014) of december mag.

A piece by faculty member Kathleen Hill, "Portrait," recently appeared in the Ploughshares Solo Series as a Kindle Single.

Director of Writing and faculty member Brian Morton '78 has a novel coming out in September entitled Florence Gordon (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

A story by faculty member Stephen O'Connor has been selected by Jennifer Egan for The Best American Short Stories 2014 anthology.

Two faculty members were Guggenheim recipients this year: Victoria Redel is a fiction recipient and Rachel Cohen is a nonfiction recipient.

Faculty member David Ryan's short story collection, Animals in Motion, will be published this summer by Roundabout Press.

Faculty member Vijay Seshadri has won the 2014 Pultizer Prize in poetry. His work was recently reviewed by Alice Quinn in The New Yorker.

A piece by Bethany Ball Landsman MFA '13 appears in BOMB.

A piece by Ellen Joy Brooks MFA '12 entitled “Dayenu" appears in the Spring issue of Blue Lyra Review.

A new online journal entitled Madcap Review has been created by several MFA alums including its editor-in-chief Craig Ledoux MFA '13, managing editor Emily Stokes MFA '13, fiction editor Sarah Kuhn MFA '12, poetry editor Jeffrey Peterson MFA '13 and readers Chris Antzoulis MFA '13, Brittany Baker MFA '13, and Joanna Benjamin MFA '13.

Kira Madden MFA '12 recently published two pieces: “Later” appears in Tin House Online and “Souvenirs” appears in the Kenyon Review.

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If you are a current student, faculty member, or graduate of Sarah Lawrence College's MFA in Writing Program, we'd love to hear from you! Please e-mail any achievements you'd like us to share to Amparo Rios at