Introducing Assistant Professor of English Dantiel Moniz
DANTIEL W. MONIZ is the recipient of the Alice Hoffman Prize for Fiction, the Cecelia Joyce Johnson Emerging Writer Award by the Key West Literary Seminar, and a Tin House Scholarship. Her debut collection, Milk Blood Heat, is an Indie Next Pick, an Amazon “Best Book of the Month” selection, a Roxane Gay Audacious Book Club pick, and has been hailed as “must-read” by TIME, Entertainment Weekly, Buzzfeed, Elle, and O, The Oprah Magazine, among others. Her work has appeared in the Paris Review, The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, Tin House, One Story, American Short Fiction, Ploughshares, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, and elsewhere.
MFAs and MFA Alums Getting Recognition
2021 UW MFA graduates Alison Thumel and Ajibola Tolase have both been awarded the Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry at Stanford. These are considered the most prestigious and competitive fellowships in creative writing, with only five poets and five fiction writers selected each year from over 2,000 applicants.
MFA Alum Alexis Sears won the Donald Justice Poetry Prize for her debut collection, Out of Order, which will be published by Autumn House Press in March 2022. The collection features "formally diverse poems that address topics from misogyny and mental health to race and identity."
More Program News
"If you want catharsis and a surprising laugh, I’m not sure I know a better show to go into the next year with. At a time of both sudden and slow-motion catastrophes, 'Station Eleven' is a reminder that we never know what life will bring. But the show must go on." --The New York Times
UW Creative Writing Professor Beth Nguyen's essay, "Apparent," originally published in The Paris Review, was selected by New Yorker staff writer and award-winning essayist Kathryn Schulz for inclusion in this year's Best American Essays anthology, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.