A community of writers got their starts or continued their careers with an MFA in Creative Writing from AULA, including the authors of New York Times bestsellers and winners many national literary awards. Our students also host prominent readings series and have founded major independent presses across the country.
Our graduates include two AWP First Journals Award winners (Topper Lilien and Christopher Allsop); two students included in the Best American volumes (Steve DeJarnatt and Cecilia Woloch; a Fulbright Fellow for Creative Writing (Anh Chi Pham); recipients of numerous other honors, including Lambda Literary and Triangle Publishing Award nods for Alistair McCartney; and two of the nation’s six Bellwether Prizes in Support of a Literature of Social Change (Naomi Benaron and Gayle Brandeis).
Books by our alumni have been published by well-known publishers including Penguin Books, Other Press/Random House, Algonquin Books, Viking Press, Red Hen Press, Green Integer Books, and Bloomsbury Publishing. Their articles, poems, and essays have appeared in publications including the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Magazine, the Los Angeles Review, LA Weekly Literary Supplement, Poetry Magazine, and the Paris Review Daily.
Here is a sample of success stories from recent students and graduates.
In 2012 students and program faculty launched Lunch Ticket, the MFA program’s first online literary journal. In addition to publishing the best fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, writing for young people and visual art that its editors can find, Lunch Ticket will include interviews with established writers such as Rick Moody, Natasha Trethewey, Francesca Lia Block, Susan Orlean, and Aimee Bender, as well as essays on topics that reflect the MFA Program’s special emphasis on community engagement and the pursuit of social justice.
Lunch Ticket is edited by selected MFA students who are supervised by MFA Core Faculty and Staff and advised by a select group of MFA alumni who live and write in places as diverse as Paris, France, Vancouver, Canada, Bologna, Italy, the Hawaiian island of Kaua`i, and a sprinkling of communities across the mainland USA.