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February 14, 2018

Michael Copperman Named Finalist for Oregon Book Award

2/2018: Michael Copperman (MFA Fiction ’06) was recently named one of five finalists for the 2018 Oregon Book Awards/Sarah Winnemucca Award for Creative Nonfiction. His book, Teacher: Two Years in the Mississippi Delta (University Press of Mississippi), was selected by out-of-state judges Steven Church, Alison Hawthorne Deming, and Lia Purpura. Congratulations, Mike! The winners in all OBA categories will be announced at an awards ceremony in Portland on April 30.

See more about the Oregon Book Awards here:

January 11, 2018

Tina Mozelle Braziel Wins Philip Levine Prize for Poetry

01/2018 – Tina Mozelle Braziel (MFA Poetry ’13): Winner of the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry, Tina receives a prize of $2,000 and publication of her first full-length collection by Anhinga Press.   (more…)

Brian Trapp Wins Oregon Literary Fellowship for Nonfiction

01/2018 – Brian Trapp, Kidd Director and CRWR Instructor, is one of twenty Oregon Literary Fellowship recipients this year. Sponsored by Portland-based Literary Arts, Oregon Literary Fellowships are awarded to Oregon writers to initiate, develop, or complete literary projects. This year’s fellows were selected from a field of more than 400 applicants. Congratulations, Brian!

Elizabeth George Foundation Grant Winners

01/2018 – Claire Luchette (MFA Fiction ’17) and Phoebe Bright (MFA Fiction ’16) have been awarded competitive grants from the Elizabeth George Foundation. Congratulations Claire and Phoebe! The Elizabeth George Foundation makes artistic grants to unpublished fiction writers, poets, emerging playwrights and organizations benefiting disadvantaged youth.

November 7, 2017

Veach Releases Debut Collection

11/2017: Cindy Veach’s (MFA Poetry ’82) debut poetry collection, Gloved Against Blood, has been published by CavanKerry Press. (more…)

November 2, 2017

Poet and Professor Garrett Hongo publishes new essay collection

11/2017: Garrett Hongo has a new essay collection, The Mirror Diary, in the prestigious Poets on Poetry series from University of Michigan Press. (more…)

October 31, 2017

Ralph Salisbury, Poet and Former CRWR Program Director, Passes Away

10/2017: Ralph Salisbury, Professor Emeritus of Creative Writing and Literature, former director of the MFA in Creative Writing and editor-in-chief of the Northwest Review, passed away on October 9.


October 4, 2017

Award-winning Civil Twilight reviewed at Huffington Post

10/2017 – Jeffrey Schultz (MFA Poetry ’03) is a rare two-time winner of the National Poetry Series, receiving this prestigious award in 2013 for What Ridiculous Things We Could Ask of Each Other and again in 2016 for Civil Twilight. A new review of Civil Twilight is online now at

In his review of the collection, Ben Evans (MFA Poetry ‘13) praises the “fierce register” of Schultz’s work: “These poems double as historical and philosophical arguments. They go forth with serious purpose and succeed in offering both aesthetic and intellectual fulfillment.”

Jeff is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Pepperdine/Seaver College in Malibu, California, where he served as Interim Director of Creative Writing (2014-2015). Ben is editor of Fogged Clarity (

April 6, 2017

Alum Publishes Second Collection

04/2017 – Elyse Fenton (MFA Poetry ’07) is the author of the poetry collections, Clamor—winner of the 2010 Dylan Thomas Prize, Cleveland State First Book Award and Bob Bush Memorial Award—and Sweet Insurgent (Saturnalia 2017), winner of the Alice Fay di Castagnola Prize. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Best New Poets, American Poetry Review, Pleiades, Brain, Child, and Prairie Schooner, and has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and PRI’s The World. She lives with her family in Portland, Oregon.

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