John Pluecker Nominated for Translation Award

MFA student John Pluecker and co-translator Aura Estrada have been nominated for the 2011 Best Translated Book Award for their translation of Martín Solares's internationally acclaimed novel, The Black Minutes (Grove Atlantic Press, 2010). The Best Translated Book Awards honor original works in translation, with the goal of bringing additional attention to international works of literature. Congratulations to John and Aura!

Call for Proposals: 2011 &NOW Festival of New Writing

&NOW 2011: Tomorrowland Forever! will be held October 13-15 at UCSD.

&NOW is a festival of fiction, poetry, and staged play readings; literary rituals, performance pieces (digital, sound, and otherwise), electronic and multimedia projects; and intergenre literary work of all kinds, including criti-fictional presentations and creatively critical papers. We particularly encourage pieces that promote linguistic and genre transgressions, along with literary artworks that promote interdisciplinary explorations and conversations with past, present, or future literary concerns and movements. For more information, please see the Call for Proposals.

Visual Arts Department Announces Its Winter 2011 Visiting Artist Series

All events are free and open to the public.

Department of Literature Announces Its Winter 2011 New Writing Series

All events are free and open to the public.

Top 25 Underrated Creative Writing MFA Programs

We made the list of MFA programs that "fully fund 70% or more of students, yet receive less attention from applicants than they deserve." Huffington Post, Oct. 8, 2010.

MFA Application Period Opens September 1

Applications for admission in Fall 2011 will be accepted September 1 to December 1, 2010. Visit our Admissions page for details.

Welcome, Students!

Congratulations to the new students who were admitted for Fall 2010: Kara Ford-Martinez, Amy Forrest, Allie Moreno, Jennifer Ritenour, Sean Ryan, and Franciszka Voeltz.

Welcome back, continuing students: Nikolai Beope, K. Lorraine Graham, Ryan Luz, Courtney Kilian, Ryan Luz, Lester O'Connor, John Pluecker, and Kaitlin Solimine.

Anna Joy Springer Featured in Union-Tribune

Anna Joy Springer

Anna Joy Springer was featured in the July 8 edition of the Union-Tribune: "Anna Joy Springer is not your run-of-the-diploma-mill professor. Given her background (punk-rock performer, neon sculptor, literary provocateur) and inspirations (Buddhism, comic books, graffiti poets, the late feminist novelist Kathy Acker), dullness is not an option." San Diego Union-Tribune, "Her writing career isn’t by the book," by Peter Rowe. Photo: Howard Lipin.

Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum One of "20 Under 40"

Sarah Bynum

Sarah Bynum has been profiled in The New Yorker's 2010 Summer Fiction Issue as one of twenty young writers who capture the inventiveness and the vitality of contemporary American fiction.

Rae Armantrout Wins Pulitzer Prize

Rae Armantrout

Rae Armantrout has been awarded the 2010 Pulitzer in Poetry for Versed (Wesleyan University Press), "a book striking for its wit and linguistic inventiveness, offering poems that are often little thought-bombs detonating in the mind long after the first reading."

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