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Cielle Waters-Umfleet publishes an article about Detroit Public Schools

RC Creative Writing (and Spanish) student Cielle Waters-Umfleet recently published “Computers for a New Era of Learning,” an article in Midstory about Detroit Public Schools’ plan to provide all its 51,000 students with computers and internet plans by the end of the summer. Cielle has been working at Midstory as an intern this summer. Midstory is dedicated to retaining, cultivating, and attracting youth and the public to the Midwest, beginning in Toledo, Ohio.

Cielle is editor-in-chief of What the F Magazine at U-M, a platform for portraying the feminist movement “with representation and inclusivity.” Cielle is also Team Lead at America Reads Tutoring Corps and a James B. Angell Scholar.

 

 

Linden Himawan, writing, and video games

RC Creative Writing alum Lindendeary Himawan (RC 2018) reports that his “programming journey” has led to some early game development projects. “I’ve successfully made some simple games, and I’m learning to make a JRPG in my free time,” he says. Linden finds the coding side of game development to be not as difficult as he once thought, and believes that “it’s more difficult to get a video game’s story right than it is to get its mechanics and code right.” He says that the video games that remain memorable are usually due to their amazing story and characters.

Linden continues to be interested in data science and programming, and is considering graduate school.

Doubleday to publish Allison Epstein’s novel, A Tip for the Hangman

Knopf Doubleday will publish RC Creative Writing alumna (’14) Allison Epstein‘s first novel, A Tip for the Hangman: A Novel of Christopher Marlowe on February 9, 2021. 

Allison earned an MFA in fiction from Northwestern University. A Michigan native, she now lives in Chicago, where she works as a copywriter for clients in higher education and the arts. When not writing, she enjoys good theater, bad puns, and fancy jackets. A Tip for the Hangman is her first novel.

While in the RC, Allison was an active member and editor-in-chief of the RC Review literary magazine. She was the RC’s first Emerging Writer awardee. More about Allison at her website.

Rebecca Wittie-Growe publishing e-book for kids about Coronavirus

Rebecca Wittie-Growe (RC Creative Writing, Spanish, 2005) is publishing A Kid’s Guide to Coronavirus (with Julia Martin Burch, illustrated by Viviana Garofoli), a free e-book guide for parents and kids. It will be on Kindle next week, but more information is here.

Rebecca earned an MSW in Social Work and Mental Health at Washington University at St. Louis in 2010 and has been a therapist at Growe Counseling LLC since August 2015.

Andrew Warrick and Marlon Rajan receive 2020 Nelson Award

Andrew Warrick and Marlon Rajan have received the 2020 recipients of the David and Sylvia Nelson Award,  This award supports creative writing students performing unpaid summer internships that further their writing education.

Andrew Warrick is a junior double majoring in Creative Writing and Literature and History. He will complete and revise a novel set in 1960s Ann Arbor next year as an honors thesis. Andrew will intern this summer with Pegasus Books in New York City, an independent publisher committed to publishing a diverse field of fiction and nonfiction. Andrew will read submissions and help manage communications between publisher and author, valuable experience for his planned future career in publishing.

Marlon Rajan is a sophomore majoring in Creative Writing and Literature. She will intern this summer for The Elizabeth Kaplan Literary Agency. This agency works primarily with fiction and nonfiction authors submitting narrative nonfiction, including biographies, memoirs, and literary and young adult fiction. Marlon will read and assess a diverse range of submissions, which will help her gain practical experience in publishing, a career she plans to pursue.

RC students win Winter 2020 Hopwoods

Several current RC students (and LSA students majoring in RC Creative Writing) won Winter 2020 Hopwood awards! Congratulations!

Undergraduate Nonfiction
Elena Lia Baldori
Ramirez-Gorski
Jena Vallina

Helen J. Daniels Prize
Elena Ramirez-Gorski

Leonard and Eileen Newman Writing Prize in Fiction
Elena Ramirez-Gorski

Cora Duncan Award in Fiction
Elena Ramirez-Gorski

Undergraduate Poetry
Kennedi Fillips
Kate Wilcox

Novel
Ariel Everitt

The Paul and Sonia Handleman Poetry Award
Kate Wilcox

The Peter Phillip Pratt Award in Fiction
Monica Kim

Helen J. Daniels Prize
Lia Baldori

The Graduate and Undergraduate Hopwood Awards Ceremony, scheduled for April 14 at Rackham Auditorium was cancelled. Kiese Layman was scheduled to speak.

Carmen Bugan’s forthcoming book of essays

Carmen Bugan (RC 1996, Creative Writing) has a book of essays, Poetry and the Language of Oppression, forthcoming from Oxford University Press, UK.  Also, there is a podcast on Living Writers about her most recent book of poems, Lillies from America: New and Selected Poems, 2004-2019.
After her RC days Carmen earned an MA in creative writing from Lancaster University, and a MA and PhD (English Literature) from Oxford University, UK. Her poetry collections include Crossing the Carpathians (2004), The House of Straw (2014), and Releasing the Porcelain Birds (2016). She has also published a memoir, Burying the Typewriter (2012), which won the Bread Loaf Conference Prize for Nonfiction, and a critical study, Seamus Heaney and East European Poetry in Translation: Poetics of Exile (2013). She teaches at the Gotham Writers Workshop in NYC and lives on Long Island. She was made a George Orwell Prize Fellow in 2017.

RC students win Fall 2019 Hopwoods!

Several current RC students (and LSA students majoring in RC Creative Writing) won Fall 2019 Hopwood awards! Congratulations!

First- and Second-Year Hopwood Awards in Fiction
Jena Vallina
Vivian Chiao

First- and Second- Year Hopwood Awards in Poetry
Nicole Tooley
Jade Wurst
Olivia Evans

First- and Second-Year Hopwood Awards in Nonfiction
Olivia Evans

The Michael R. Gutterman Award
Miriam Saperstein

The Marjorie Rapaport Award in Poetry
smitty smith

The Jeffrey L. Weisberg Memorial Award
Julia Freeman

Roy W. Cowden Memorial Fellowship
Mylicia Williams
Grace Toll

The Roy and Helen Meador Writing Award
Jena Vallina

Academy of American Poets Award
Lynne Bekdash

These honors will be conferred on Wednesday, January 22, 5:30-7:30. in the Rackham Auditorium.

Following the announcement of the awards, there will be a reading from Raquel Salas Rivera, Poet Laureate of Philadelphia, winner of the 2018 Ambroggio Prize, & winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry.

Light reception to follow. Free to attend and open to all!

Carmen Bugan reads at Literati on January 16

Carmen Bugan (RC 1996, Creative Writing) will read from Lillies from America: New and Selected Poems, 2004-2019, at Literati this Thursday at 7 pm.  After her RC days Carmen earned an MA in creative writing from Lancaster University, and a MA and PhD (English Literature) from Oxford University, UK. Her poetry collections include Crossing the Carpathians (2004), The House of Straw (2014), and Releasing the Porcelain Birds (2016). She has also published a memoir, Burying the Typewriter (2012), which won the Bread Loaf Conference Prize for Nonfiction, and a critical study, Seamus Heaney and East European Poetry in Translation: Poetics of Exile (2013). She teaches at the Gotham Writers Workshop in NYC and lives on Long Island. She was made a George Orwell Prize Fellow in 2017.

Also reading on Thursday will be David Cope, a  teacher of Carmen’s from Grand Rapids Community College.

An article about Carmen was featured in the Ann Arbor District Library’s online Pulp magazine, written by Martha Stuit (RC 2011, English, Creative Writing, and the Environment). Martha also has a Masters (2016) from the U-M School of Information. She works for the U-M Library and for Deep Blue, U-M’s digital repository service, and has worked as a reporter.