Writing Program

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Dawn Lundy Martin Wins Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for 2019

Dawn Lundy Martin is the recipient of the prestigious Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for 2019. Martin is a professor in the...
Emily Monroe with a young boy reading a book in front of a bookcase

Nonprofit Founded by Pitt Alumna Helps Working Moms in Honduras

Many women working in Copán Ruinas can't afford childcare, forcing them to leave their children alone or in overcrowded, underfunded orphanages. The team at Casita Copán, a nonprofit founded by Emily Monroe, has created a better option.
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Alumna Lands on New York Times Best Seller List With Help of Faculty Mentor

Rachael Lippincott (A&S ’17) wrote the young adult book “Five Feet Apart" with the support of Siobhan Vivian of Pitt's English department. A film version hits theaters in March.
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Professor Explores Barack Obama’s Presidency, Legacy Through Letters

With support from Pitt’s Department of English and the Center for Creativity, Jeanne Marie Laskas sifted through hundreds of citizens’ letters to President Obama, resulting in an acclaimed magazine story and full-length book.
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Alumnus Brings Award-winning Poetry to the Classroom, Reflects on Race and Justice

Writing program alumnus Cameron Barnett’s first book of poetry, “The Drowning Boy’s Guide to Water,” gained national attention and awards. Today, he’s a teacher at Fanny Edel Falk Laboratory School — the same place where he first dreamed of becoming a writer.

Student Newspaper Goes High Profile

Pitt’s award-winning daily student newspaper, The Pitt News, is celebrating its latest issue of Silhouettes — an annual special edition that profiles interesting characters around campus.

Documentary 'Woman on Fire' Chronicles Transgender New York City Firefighter's Story

"Woman on Fire," a film by alumna Julie Sokolow, paints a portrait of change in the American family and workplace with the story of Brooke Guinan, the first openly transgender woman in the New York City Fire Department.
Lauren Russell

Lauren Russell Wins 2017 Creative Writing Award from the National Endowment for the Arts

Lauren Russell, assistant director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for African American Poetry and Poetics, has been...