Alumni Books

Alabama grads go on to publish well. Work by alumni has appeared in magazines such as The Atlantic MonthlyHarper'sThe New YorkerPoetryMissouri ReviewPrairie SchoonerParis Review, Story, and dozens of others, such as The Pinch, The Journal, Quarterly West,, Puerto del Sol, as well as in such anthologies as New Stories from the SouthScribner's Best of the Writing WorkshopsStarlight IAWP Intro AwardsBest American PoetryBest American EssaysNew American Poets, and The Pushcart Prize.

They compete brilliantly for other forms of national recognition. Alumni have received the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship, The Wallace Stegner Fellowship, The Jacob Javits Fellowship, The Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship, the John C. Zacharis Prize from Ploughshares, the Yale Younger Poets prize, the AWP Award Series in Creative Non-Fiction prize, the New Millennium Writing Award in Poetry, and the Atlantic Monthly Student Writing prizes in poetry, non-fiction and fiction.

Graduates have published books with an array of presses covering the contemporary gamut, from Graywolf Press to the University of Mississippi Press, and Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Little, Brown, and Company, Black Lawrence Press, Yes Yes Books, Storyline Press, Cobalt Press, and Tinhouse Press.They hold important editorial positions at magazines (as of this writing, UA MFAs are at the helm of the Georgia Review, the Southern Review, the Gettysburg Review, the New Orleans Review, and the Idaho Review), major publishing houses, and on-line venues, and teach in a wide variety of private and public colleges and universities.

Regardless of what they do when they leave here, our graduates take with them a network of readers for their future productions, a finely-tuned sense of how to balance the needs of the writer with more workaday demands and, more often than not, lifelong friends.

While in the program, students are encouraged to tap the program's resources to facilitate their artistic and professional development. Students start magazines, found presses, organize reading series, connect with community partners to teach writing to underserved populations, create radio programs, and much more, and the program does all it can to support such endeavors.

For more examples and excerpts of current and former UA MFAs, check out our Facebook page.

Here is a list of books by UA MFA alumni:

AuthorTitlePublisherPublication YearGenre
Jeffrey BeanGirl Reading a Letter at an Open Window (winner, 2013 Vern Cowles/Copperdome Poetry Chapbook Prize)Southeast Missouri State University Press 2014Poetry
 Diminished FifthDavid Robert Books2009Poetry
John BenskoVisitationsUniversity of Tampa2014Poetry
 Sea DogsGraywolf Press2004Fiction
 The Iron CityUniversity of Illinois Press2000Poetry
 The Waterman's Children (winner, Yale Series of Younger Poets)University of Massachusettes Press1994Poetry
 Green SoldiersYale University Press1981Poetry
Amy BensonThe Sparkling-Eyed Boy: A Memoir of Love, Grown UpMariner Books2004Nonfiction
Sarah BlackmanMotherbox and Other Tales (winner, FC2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest)FC2 / The University of Alabama Press2013Fiction
Ryan J. BrowneOutside Come InBright Hill Press2012Poetry
Tom ChiarellaThursday's Game: Notes from a Golfer with Far to GoEmmis Books2004Nonfiction
 Writing DialogueStory Press1998Nonficton
 Foley's Luck: StoriesKnopf1992Fiction
Jill ChristmanBorrowed BabiesShebooks2014Nonfiction
 Darkroom: A Family Exposure (winner, Associated Writing Programs Award)University of Georgia Press2011Nonfiction
C. Bard ColeThis is Where My Life Went WrongBlatt Books2009Fiction
 Briefly Told LivesSt. Martin's Press2000Fiction
Cade CollumThe Dogs of HavanaRed Hydra Press2008Poetry
 Lion Froth CrownRed Hydra Press2014Poetry
Thomas CotsanasNominal CasesBlack Lawrence Press2016Fiction
Jennifer S. DavisOur Former Lives in ArtRandom House2007Fiction
 Her Kind of Want (winner, Iowa Short Fiction Award)Universidy of Iowa Press2002Fiction
Cathy DayComeback SeasonFree Press2008Fiction
 The Circus in Winter (finalist, The Story Prize, the Great Lakes Book Award, GLCA New Writer Award )Harcourt2004Fiction
Lynn DominaThe Harlem Renaissance: A Historical Exploration of LiteratureGreenwood2014Nonfiction
 Framed in SilenceMain Street Rag2011Poetry
 Poets on the Psalms (Ed.)Trinity University Press2008Nonfiction
 Understanding Ceremony: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents Greenwood2004Nonfiction
 Understanding A Raisin in the Sun: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical DocumentsGreenwood1998Nonfiction
 Corporal WorksFour Way1995Poetry
Andy DuncanWakulla Springs (Co-author)Tor Books2013Fiction
 The Pottawatomie Giant and Other StoriesPS Publishing2012Fiction
 On 20468 PetercookTor Books2012Fiction
 Night CacheGlobe Pequot Press2009Fiction
 Alabama Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat StuffPS Publishing2009Nonfiction
 Crossroads: Tales of the Southern Literary Fantastic (Co-Ed.)Tor Books2005Anthology
 Beluthahatchie and Other StoriesGolden Gryphon Press2000Fiction
Tim EarleyPoems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery Horse Less Press2014Poetry
 The Spooking of MavensCracked Slab Books2010Poetry
 BoondoggleMain Street Rag2005Poetry
Tony EarlyMr. TallLittle, Brown and Company2014Fiction
 The Blue StarBack Bay Books2009Fiction
 Somehow Form a Family: Stories That Are Mostly TrueAlgonquin Books2002Nonfiction
 Jim the BoyBack Bay Books2001Fiction
 New Stories from the South (Ed.)Algonquin Books for Chapel Hill1999Anthology
 Here We Are in Paradise: StoriesBack Bay Books1994Fiction
Brett EvansAfter School SessionSubpress2002Poetry
Andrew FarkasSelf-Titled DebutSubito Press2008Fiction
David FloydThe Sudden Architecture of the DarkWordTech Communications2006Poetry
Timothy GeigerThe Curse of PheromonesMain Street Rag2008Poetry
 Blue Light FactorySpoon Rivery Poetry Press1999Poetry
Paul GuestOne More Theory About HappinessEcco2011Nonfiction
 My Index of Slightly Horrifying KnowledgeEcco2008Poetry
 Notes for My Body Double (winner, Prairie Schooner Book Prize)Bilson Poetry2007Poetry
 The Ressurection of the Body and the Ruin of the WorldNew Issues Poetry & Prose2003Poetry
Jeff HardinFall Sanctuary (winner, Nicholas Roerich Prize)Story Line Press2016 (forthcoming)Poetry
 Notes for a Praise Book (winner, Jacar Press Book Award)Jacar Press2015Poetry
 Restoring the Narrative (winner, Donald Justice Prize)Story Line Press2015Poetry
 Unitil that Yellow Bird ReturnsRed Hydra Press2013Poetry
 Small RevolutionAldrich Press2005Poetry
Annie HartnettRabbit CakeTin House Books



Joshua R. HelmsMachines Like UsDzanc Books2016Poetry
Jessica HollanderIn These Times the Home is a Tired Place (winner, Katherine Anne Porter Prize)University of North Texas Press2013Fiction
B. J. HollarsDispatches from the Drowning: Reporting the Fiction of NonfictionThe University of New Mexico Press2014Nonfiction
 Opening the Doors: The Desegregation of the University of Alabama and the Fight for Civil RightsThe University of Alabama Press2014Nonfiction
  Blurring the Boundries: Exploration to the Fringes of NonfictionUniversity of Nebraska Press2013Nonfiction
 Sightings: StoriesBreak Away Books/ Indiana University Press2013Fiction
 Monsters: A Collection of Literary Sightings (Ed.)Pressgang2012Anthology
 Thirteen Loops: Race, Violence, and the Last Lynching in America (winner, Society of Midland Authors Award; The University of Alabama Award for Excellence in Research by a Master's Student; The University of Alabama Outstanding Thesis Award)University of Alabama Press2010Nonfiction
 You Must Be This Tall to Ride: Contemporary Writers Take You Inside the Story (Ed.)Writer's Digest Books2009Anthology
J. R. JonesThe Lives of Robert RyanWesleyan University Press2015Nonfiction
Dan KaplanBill's Formal Complaint (runner-up, 2006 National Poetry Review Book Prize)The National Poetry Review Press2008Poetry
 SKINRed Hydra Press2005Poetry
Laura KochmanThe Bone and the BodyBatCat Press2015Poetry
Matthew MahaneyThe Storm that Bears Your Name (winner, Cupboard Pamphlet’s Fourth-Ever Contest)The Cupboard2015Poetry
 Your Attraction to Sharp MachinesBatCat Press2013Poetry
Ander MonsonVanishing PointGraywolf Press2010Nonfiction
 The Available WorldSarabande Books2010Poetry
 Neck Deep and Other Predicaments (winner, Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize)Graywolf Press2007Noncition
 VacationlandTupelo Press2005Poetry
 Other ElectricitiesSarabande Books2005Fiction
Leah NielsenSide Effects May IncludeThe Chapbook2014Poetry
 No MagicWord Press2005Poetry
Alissa NuttingTampaEcco2013Fiction
 Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls (winner, Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction)Starcherone Books2011Fiction
Brian OliuI/O: A MemoirCivil Coping Mechanisms2015 Nonfiction
 Enter Your Initials for Record Keeping (Ed.)Cobalt Press2015Anthology
 Leave Luck to HeavenUncanny Valley Press2014Nonfiction
 Liver of Dixie: Stories from Egan's (Co. Ed)Broken Futon Pres2013Anthology
 Tuscaloosa Writes This (Co. Ed.)Slash Pine Press2013Anthology
 Tuscaloosa Runs This (Ed.)Broken Futon Pres2012Anthology
 Come See for YourselfGoogle Maps2012Nonfiction
 Level EndOrigami Zoo Press2012Nonfiction
 So You Know It's MeTiny Hardcore Press2011Nonfiction
Jessica Lee RichardsonIt Had Been Planned and There Were Guides (winner, FC2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest)FC2 / The University of Alabama Press2013Fiction
Justin RungeHum DecodeGreying Ghost Press2014Poetry
 Plainsight New Michigan Press2012Poetry
Rob TrucksTusk (A 33 1/3 Book)Bloomsbury Academic2011Nonfiction
 The Catcher: Baseball Behind the SeamsClerisy Press2005Nonfiction
 The Starting Pitcher: Baseball Behind the SeamsClerisy Press2005Nonfiction
 Cup of Coffee: The Very Short Career of Eighteen Major League PitchersClerisy Press2003Nonfiction
 The Pleasure of Influence: A Conversation with American Male Fiction Writers (Ed.)Purdue University Press2002Anthology
Lucas SouthworthEveryone Here Has a Gun (winner, Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction)University of Massachusetts Press2013Fiction
Brandi WellsThis Boring ApocalypseCivil Coping Mechanisms2015Fiction
 PoisonhorseDzanc Books2013Fiction
 Please Don't be UpsetTiny Hardcore Press2011Fiction
Leia Penina Wilsoni built a boat with all the towels in your closet (and will let you drown)Red Hen Press2014Poetry
Tommy ZurhellenArmageddon, Texas Atticus Books2014Fiction
 Apostle IslandAtticus Books2012Fiction
 Nazareth, North Dakota (winner, 2012 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Fiction from the U.S. Midwest Region)Atticus Books2011Fiction

Click here on the links below for a sampling of some projects begun by alums:

Blue Hour Press 
Buckbee, A Writer, Inc. 
Double Cross Press 
Write Habit