Two Pitt Alumni Win Literary Achievement Awards

Cameron Barnett and Adriana E. Ramírez

Cameron Barnett (A&S ’16G) and Adriana E. Ramírez (A&S ’09G) received the annual Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Award as an Emerging Artist and Established Artist, respectively. 

The annual awards program honors an emerging and an established artist in the Pittsburgh region and is co-sponsored by the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Heinz Endowments. Each winner receives a prize of $15,000.

Barnett earned his Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in poetry from Pitt in 2016, and currently serves as a faculty in the Falk Laboratory School. He is the author of “The Drowning Boy’s Guide to Water,” winner of the Autumn House Press 2017 Rising Writer Contest. Read more about Barnett’s work.

Ramírez earned her MFA degree in creative nonfiction writing from Pitt in 2009. She won the inaugural PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize in 2015 for her novella-length work of nonfiction, “Dead Boys,” and is soon publishing a full-length work of nonfiction. She’s also been honored for her slam poetry.

Barnett and Ramirez were recognized at an awards ceremony on Dec. 9 in downtown Pittsburgh.