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Jill Alexander Essbaum Is A Star

...or at least she's getting Starred Reviews for her debut novel Hausfrau, this time from Publishers Weekly: Over a century after the publication of Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina, poet Essbaum proves in her debut novel that there is still plenty of psychic territory to cover in the story of “a good wife, mostly.” But now, more than ever, it is [...]

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Carol Damgen Gets Selected By The Kennedy Center

Congratulations are due for alum Carol Damgen, whose play "Jackie Robinson: An American Dream" has been selected to appear at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in  St. George, Utah. The Evening of Invitational Scenes will kick off the Festival on Wednesday, February 11, 2105. 

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Maggie Downs Making It Work In The Washington Post

Alum Maggie Downs has a new essay in the Washington Post this week about finding your inner Tim Gunn: One week after Everest was born, the shower on the second floor of my condo began leaking into the garage underneath. The landlady arranged for a few different companies to come by and assess the damage, and she hired the one [...]

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Accolades for Mickey Birnbaum

Alum-turned-playwriting professor Mickey Birnbaum's play "Backyard" was a big critical and audience hit in 2014...and now he has the end-year-plaudits to show for it, including a Sage Award and being named the Best of 2014 by KCRW: The Echo also produced Mickey Birnbaum's Backyard a play that carried the tropes of amateur wrestling to allegorical heights. Led by actor Hugo [...]

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The Best Things We Read in 2014

  We asked a few of our students, alums, and professors to tell us the best books they read this year, even if the book didn't come out this year. Seems like Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill, Gabriel by Edward Hirsch, and a book by one of our faculty members proved particularly popular.... Heather Partington: Fiction: Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill Beside [...]

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