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Accolade: Nafissa Thompson-Spires, MA’05, PhD’09, one of 10 Whiting Award winners

May. 23, 2019—Nafissa Thompson-Spires, MA’05, PhD’09, was announced as one of 10 Whiting Award winners March 20 at a ceremony at the New York Historical Society. Thompson-Spires’ short story collection Heads of the Colored People (2018, Atria/37 INK) has been honored with a PEN Open Book Award, longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award and Aspen Words...

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‘Commodore Classrooms’ Event Inspires a Young Writer

Mar. 7, 2017—Last fall, lovers of reading and writing of all ages gathered in Denver for a Commodore Classroom that doubled as a writing workshop led by Rick Hilles, associate professor of English, who also teaches in the university’s acclaimed MFA Program in Creative Writing.

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Lovers of writing and reading gather in Denver

Jan. 10, 2017—Commodore Classrooms are popular Vanderbilt chapter events that bring alumni and friends together for an engaging evening with a university professor.

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Alumni Marshall and Carlson-Wee among Vanderbilt Visiting Writers

Mar. 14, 2016—The Gertrude and Harold Vanderbilt Visiting Writers Series will host two alumni who are award-winning poets. Anders Carlson-Wee and Nate Marshall will give public readings the week of March 14-18.

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An Embarrassment of Riches: M.F.A. Program Nurtures Literary Talent

Feb. 29, 2016—What’s remarkable about the M.F.A. program at Vanderbilt is that, although it’s among the best in the nation, it's not cutthroat like other highly regarded programs. In fact, Vanderbilt has adopted a model that seems the very opposite—one that fosters a tight-knit community based on feelings of cooperation and unity.

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‘Poets & Writers’ ranks Vanderbilt MFA Program in top nine

Oct. 9, 2013—Vanderbilt’s MFA Program in Creative Writing moved up one notch to ninth in the United States in a survey conducted by "Poets & Writers" magazine and reported in its September/October issue.

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Vanderbilt represented at Southern Festival of Books

Oct. 8, 2013—The 25th Annual Southern Festival of Books will be held Oct. 11-13 at downtown Nashville’s Legislative Plaza. The event will feature several Vanderbilt faculty, staff, students and alumni, including: Stephen Doster, editor for the Institute of Chemical Biology, whose current book is Rose Bush;  Joel Harrington, professor of history, whose current book is The Faithful Executioner: Life...

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Kudos: Read about faculty, staff and alumni awards, appointments and achievements

Jul. 12, 2013—Read about faculty, staff and alumni awards, appointments and achievements.

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Poem #8 by Rick Hilles

Jan. 14, 2013—Section #8 of “Nights and Days of 2007: Autumn” is from A Map of the Lost World by Rick Hilles,

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2012 Southern Festival of Books features Vanderbilt faculty

Oct. 11, 2012—Vanderbilt professors are well represented among the authors participating in the 2012 Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word Oct. 12, 13 and 14 in downtown Nashville. The free festival, which began in 1989, is a three-day celebration of authors, writing and reading. Every author on the program takes part in a session, either...

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2012 Southern Festival of Books features Vanderbilt faculty

Oct. 5, 2012—Vanderbilt professors are well represented among the authors participating in the 2012 Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word Oct. 12, 13 and 14 in downtown Nashville. The free festival, which began in 1989, is a three-day celebration of authors, writing and reading. Every author on the program takes part in a...

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Poets mark National Poetry Month with Sunday readings at Frist Center

Apr. 12, 2012—To celebrate National Poetry Month (April) and the exhibition To See as Artists See: American Art from the Phillips Collection, nationally and locally known poets will read poems by American poets from the late 19th century through the 20th century at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. The poets will select poems that reflect...

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