Awards & Highlights

MFA-CW Awards & Highlights


Theresa Lynn Ast

  • Recently published an essay in The Blue Mountain Review (Vol. 8), which examines the various types and degrees of colorblindness and neurologist Dr. Oliver Sach’s book, Island of the Colorblind
  • Additionally, The Blue Mountain Review accepted a historical essay, “Thinking About Genocide” for their upcoming fall issue, along with three poems, “Late at Night,” “Shepherds Watch,” and “With Children”
  • Dr. Ast is a professor of European History, but spends summers participating in the Reinhardt University MFA – Creative Writing workshops

Clifford Brooks

  • Has poetry readings scheduled in Richmond, VA, Atlanta and Rome, GA
  • In the spring 2018, he will be at Texas A&M for a reading and lecture
  • Recently gave a reading at Callanwolde
  • Has poetry readings schedule in Richmond, VA, Atlanta and Rome, GA
  • Additionally, Exiles of Eden and Athena Departs have just been published by Kudzu Leaf Press and have sold more than 800 copies in less three days.
  • His poems "Gaudi" and the introduction of "The Salvation of Cowboy Blue Crawford" are coming out in the last print issue of Crab Orchard Review

Maria Klouda

  • Copy Editor & Social Media Manager, The James Dickey Review
  • Recently published in Reinhardt’s Sanctuary vol. 2017
  • Recently published in Blue Mountain Review (issues One and 7)
  • Recently published Artist’s Profiles in Family Life Publications
  • From 2009-2010 was the owner and publisher of edible Metro & Mountains magazine

Dawn Major

  • This past August, emerging writer and latest student to the Etowah Valley MFA family, Dawn, was highlighted as a contributor in Sediments Literary-Arts Journal in their most recent Summer Lovin' themed issue.

Bonnie Medford

  • Has poems published in Reinhardt's literary journey, Sanctuary , vol. 2011, 2012, and 2017
  • She also published in the Blue Mountain Review (issues 1 and 7)

Tina Morris

  • Has artist profiles published and forthcoming with Family Life Publications
  • She recently had her short story, “Blue” published in the Blue Mountain Review

Barbara Newey

  • Her artist profile on Woodstock's Old School Horn Band appeared in the August issue of Canton Family Life


Anjali Enjeti

  • Recent essays have been published in The Atlantic and in the September 2017 issue of Gravy Quarterly, the print magazine of the Southern Foodways Alliance
  • She also had recent book reviews published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution
  • Has a forthcoming review in Rewire News
  • Her a flash essay nominated for a 2017 Best of the Net Award in the creative nonfiction category
  • "Identity: Lost and Found," which was published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, was recently named a notable essay in Best American Essays 2017

Donna Little

  • She is in her second year of a Fellowship for writing about the intersections of science and religion, sponsored by the Templeton Foundation, Arizona State University and the journal Creative Nonfiction
  • She is co-teaching an online course for Creative Nonfiction as part of the Fellowship and presented her essay "The Physics of Fire" at the Creative Nonfiction in May
  • Her poem "Sunset Cruise at Key West" appeared in the summer 2017 Florida Review and was first runner-up in their annual poetry contest, judged by Denise Duhamel. She is currently submitting her two poetry manuscripts, two new short stories, and “The Physics of Fire” essay to presses and journals.

Karen Salyer McElmurray

  • Currently working on revisions of her third novel, Wanting Radiance
  • "Now and Then," an essay, is forthcoming in Coming Together, Fallling Apart , edited by Cat Pleska (Mountain State Press)
  • Forthcoming in 2018 from University Press of Florida, “Hurricane” will be appear in In Season: Stories of Discovery, Loss, Home, and Places In Between
  • In September, was visiting writer at University of South Dakota
  • “Writing Joy” will appear in the newest issue of Drafthorse
  • “Vertigo,”is forthcoming in the Texas Review
  • “Speaking Freely,” is forthcoming in the South Dakota Review
  • “Attics,” is forthcoming in Appalachian Heritage

Gray Stewart

  • Had a personal journey essay, “Whistling Dixie,” published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • He’ll be leading a six-week creative writing workshop at the Decatur Writers Studio this October-November:
  • Recently was a panelist during Oglethorpe University’s Writers@Work seminar
  • Was on the Atlanta Writers Club Panel at the Decatur Book Festival
  • Will be conducting a fiction workshop visit at Kennesaw State University
  • March 9, 2018: Will be on a panel: "New Writing From Atlanta," along with Anthony Grooms & Anna Schachner at AWP conference in Tampa

Bill Walsh

  • "Visiting Secretariat in 1974" (poem) was just accepted in the Valparasio Poetry Review
  • "Wartime Freight" (poem) was accepted in The Chattahoochee Review
  • An interview with Richard Blanco was accepted by the AWP Chronicle
  • An interview with Laurence Lieberman was accepted by The Kenyon Review
  • A 1992 interview with Nobel Laureate, Joseph Brodsky, was just reprinted in the Blue Mountain Review
  • Forthcoming in the next issue of the James Dickey Review, unpublished excerpts from a 1987 interview with James Dickey
  • "Shipwrecked" and "The Hunter Recovers In North Georgia" (poems) are forthcoming in Literary Matters
  • Recently wrote an article about Pat Conroy for Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy, edited by Jonathan Haupt and Nicole Seitz and to be published by the University of Georgia Press.

Scott Wilkerson

  • The Carson Monologues, one woman show for the Carson McCullers Centennial (World Premiere at the River Center for the Performing Arts, Columbus, GA)
  • Seven Dream of Falling, a play: comic retelling of the Icarus myth (New production at the Collaborative Theatre Project, Medford/Ashland, OR)
  • Eddie's Stone Song: Odyssey of the First Pasaquoyan, an opera in one act, libretto (World Premiere at Pasaquan at Beuna Vista, GA, James Ogburn, composer)

William Wright

  • Grass Chapels: New & Selected Poems , was recently accepted and will be released in 2018 by Mercer University Press.
  • Specter Mountain , a book of poems collaboratively written with Jesse Graves, was just accepted by Mercer University Press.
  • His book of Gerard Manley Hopkins criticism, The Fire That Breaks: Gerard Manley Hopkins's Poetic Legacies, will be released in 2018 by Clemson University Press, Liverpool University Press, and distributed in North America by Oxford University Press.
  • He has just had another book of poems, tentatively titled Self-Portrait as Late Autumn Frost , chosen by Iris Press for future publication, as well as a book of essays entitled The Hypnophobic Dreamer: Essays on Poetry and the Imagination.
  • The eighth volume of his Southern Poetry Anthologyseries, focused on the poets of Texas, will be released this fall by Texas Review Press.
  • Recently published in Prairie Schooner, Kenyon Review, Oxford American, Antioch Review, AGNI, and Epoch

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