The Solstice MFA Program constantly strives to present the rich diversity of contemporary American literature to its students and the local community.
Our partnership with Cave Canem offers another vehicle by which we can highlight the contributions African American poets are making to today’s literary landscape..
She was the 2009/2010 Poet in Residence for the Alice Lloyd Hall Scholars Program at the University of Michigan, where she earlier received her MFA.
She is the recipient of a 2009 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award as well as a 2010 Kresge Award.
With a highly regarded and active faculty, as well as a tremendously successful alumni base (over 100 books published), the CWW continually attracts a wide range of students from all over the world.
In turn, the CWW does its best to offer a wide range of educational experiences.As the only MFA program in creative writing in New Orleans, the CWW remains highly active in the local literary scene.Whether it be through our monthly reading series The Gold Room, our visiting writers’ series (recent guests include Katy Simpson Smith, Keith Lee Morris, Hannah Pittard, Laura Mullen), our literary magazine , or our involvement with the Tennessee Williams Festival, the CWW in integral in helping support the literary landscape in New Orleans and beyond.Her collection of poems, , was selected as the winner of the 2011 Cave Canem Poetry Prize.She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts where she serves as the city’s inaugural poet laureate, and she teaches at Grub Street and is the Poetry Editor of .Now it is the setting for a literary renaissance, with a whole new generation of writers calling New Orleans home.For the last 25 years, many of these writers have begun their journey in the Creative Writing Workshop (CWW) at the University of New Orleans.As a studio/research program, students are required to work at high level in both workshops and graduate literature seminars.They are also encouraged to take workshops in multiple genres during their time here, to branch out and pursue their broader interests while they also hone their writing skills in their particular area of interest.She makes her home in Michigan and is married to poet Matthew Olzmann..A Pushcart Prize Nominee, recipient of Individual Artist Awards for both poetry and fiction from the Maryland State Arts Council, and Finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and the Fore Word Book of the Year for 10 Tongues: Poems (2002), he is Poetry In The Branches Coordinator and Information Technology Director for Poets House in New York City. in American Studies at Michigan State University as a University Distinguished Fellow.