Creative Writing

Books by MFA Students & Alumni

UNCW's MFA Program is celebrating its 20th anniversary and there is no better way to do that than by looking back on the successes of our students. That is where we pride ourselves. Our students and alumni have published more than 90 books and chapbooks. Jason Mott's first novel became last season's ABC TV series The Returned; Brad Land's debut memoir Goat is being filmed as I write this; Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams received a $25,000 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award and a $50,000 Whiting Writers Award; Arianna Nash won the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry; Rochelle Hurt won the Barrow Street Book Prize; Leah Osowski won the Wick Poetry Prize at Kent State; Emily Carr won the New Measures Poetry Prize; Xhenet Aliu won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize; the list of books goes on and on-- publishers such as St. Martins; Algonquin; Viking; Ballantine; Morrow; Random House; Simon and Schuster. Alumni have published some hundreds of poems, stories, essays, reviews in prominent and vital venues. Indeed, here are a few of the magazines with which recent students published while still in the program: The Georgia Review, Black Warrior Review, The Journal, Crazyhorse, Indiana Review, Colorado Review, Agni, North American Review, Green Mountains Review, Third Coast, Puerto del Sol, Passages North, Oxford American, River Teeth, Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre; The Paris Review Daily, Poetry International, Granta Online, and The Nation.


The Man Who Danced With Dolls

Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams

(Madras Press, 2011)


Through the Glorieta Pass

Lavonne J. Adams

(Pearl Books, March 2009)


Domesticated Wild Things, and Other Stories

Xhenet Aliu

(University of Nebraska Press, 2013)

So Long

Meghan Barnes

(Telling Our Stories Press, 2012)


At the Mercy of the Queen: A Novel of Anne Boleyn

Anne Clinard Barnhill

(St. Martin's Press, 2012)

What You Long For, by Anne Barnhill

What You Long For

Anne Clinard Barnhill

(Main Street Rag, 2009)

At Home in the Land of Oz, by Anne Barnhill

At Home in the Land of Oz: Autism, My Sister, and Me

Anne Clinard Barnhill

(Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2007)


The Night of the Comet

George Bishop, Jr.

(Ballantine Books, 2013)

Letter to My Daughter, by George Bishop

Letter to My Daughter

George Bishop, Jr.

(Random House, 2010)



Emma Bolden

(GenPop Books, 2013)

Sad Epistles

The Sad Epistles

Emma Bolden

(Dancing Girl Press, 2008)


The Mariner's Wife

Emma Bolden

(Finishing Line Press, 2008)


How to Recognize a Lady

Emma Bolden

(published as part of Edge by Edge, the third in Toadlily Press' Quartet Series, 2007)

Lies of the Heart, by Michelle Boyajian

Lies of the Heart

Michelle Boyajian

(Viking Adult, 2010)

The Inhabitants, by Jason Bradford

The Inhabitants

Jason Bradford

(Final Thursday Press, 2013)

A Celebration of
Jason Bradford

Directions for Flying, by Emily Carr

Directions for Flying / 36 fits: a young wife's almanac

Emily Carr

(Furniture Press Books, 2010)



Kate Cumiskey

(Silent E Publishing, 2014)


Surfing in New Smyrna Beach

Kate Cumiskey

(Arcadia Publishing, 2010)

Far Beyond the Pale, by Daren Dean

Far Beyond the Pale

Daren Dean

(CreateSpace, 2010)

Every Time I Talk to Liston, by Brian DeVido

Every Time I Talk to Liston

Brian Devido

(Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2004)


Moon Road Trips: Blue Ridge Parkway

Jason Frye

(Avalon Travel, 2015)

Every Time I Talk to Liston, by Brian DeVido

Moon North Carolina Coast

Jason Frye

(Avalon Travel, 2014)

Every Time I Talk to Liston, by Brian DeVido

Moon North Carolina

Jason Frye

(Avalon Travel, 2014)

The Boy I Love, by Nina de Gramont

The Boy I Love

Nina de Gramont

(Simon & Schuster, 2014)


Meet Me at the River

Nina de Gramont

(Atheneum, 2013)

Every Little Thing in the World, by Nina de Gramont

Every Little Thing in the World

Nina de Gramont

(Atheneum, 2010)

Gossip of the Starlings, by Nina de Gramont

Gossip of the Starlings

Nina de Gramont

(Algonquin Books, 2008)

Of Cats and Men, by Nina de Gramont

Of Cats and Men

Nina de Gramont

(Random House, 2002)


What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Your Wife?

David Harris-Gershon

(Oneworld Publications, 2013)

Clearly Now, The Rain

Clearly Now, the Rain: A Memoir of Love and Other Trips

Eli Hastings

(ECW Press, 2013)

Falling Room, by Eli Hastings

Falling Room

Eli Hastings

(Bison Books, 2006)

The Last Days of Video

The Last Days of Video

Jeremy Hawkins

(Soft Skull Press, 2015)

Together, Apart

Together, Apart

Ben Hoffman

(Origami Zoo Press, 2014)

The Girls Come Marching Home, by Kirsten Holmstedt

The Girls Come Marching Home: Stories of Women Warriors Returning from the War in Iraq

Kirsten Holmstedt

(Stackpole Books, 2009)

Band of Sisters, by Kirsten Holmstedt

Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq

Kirsten Holmstedt

(Stackpole Books, 2007)


Idiot's Guide: Gluten-Free Eating

Elizabeth King Humphrey

(DK Publishing, Inc., 2014)


The Feminist Movement Today

Elizabeth King Humphrey

(Mason Crest, 2013)


The Rusted City: A Novel in Poems

Rochelle Hurt

Winner of the Marie Alexander Poetry Series 2012 Open Submission Reading

(White Pine Press, 2014)

Tell Me a Tale

Tell Me A Tale, an anthology

Erato Ioannou

(Armida Publications, 2012)


Cats Have it All

Erato Ioannou

(Armida Publications, 2004)

Cyprus Engraved

Cyprus Engraved: A Book of History and Direction

Erato Ioannou

(Cyprus Museum, 2002)

Molly, by Nancy J. Jones


Nancy J. Jones

(Crown, 2000)

book lovers

Book Lovers: Stories

edited by Shawna Kenney

(Seal Press, 2014)

Imposters, by Shawna Kenney


Shawna Kenney

(Mark Batty Publisher, 2008)

I Was a Teenage Dominatrix, by Shawna Kenney

I Was a Teenage Dominatrix

Shawna Kenney

(Last Gasp of San Francisco, 2001)

Salt Marsh King
Salt Marsh King
Drew Krepp
(Bancroft Press, 2014)
Pilgrims Upon the Earth, by Brad Land

Pilgrims Upon the Earth: A Novel

Brad Land

(Random House, 2007)

Goat, by Brad Land

Goat: A Memoir

Brad Land

(Random House, 2005)

No Certainty Attached, by Robert Dean Lurie

The Edge: Life Lessons from a Martial Arts Master

Robert Dean Lurie

(CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013)

No Certainty Attached, by Robert Dean Lurie

No Certainty Attached: Steve Kilbey and The Church

Robert Dean Lurie

(Verse Chorus Press, 2009)

Lifeguarding, by Catherine McCall

Lifeguarding: A Memoir of Secrets, Swimming, and the South

Catherine McCall

(Harmony Books, 2006)



Yvette Neisser Moreno

Winner of the Gival Press Poetry Award

(Gival Press, 2012)

South Pole/Polo Sur, translated by Yvette Neisser Moreno

South Pole/Polo Sur

translated by Yvette Neisser Moreno

(Settlement House Books, 2011)

Difficult Beauty, translated by Yvette Neisser Moreno

Difficult Beauty: Selected Poems (1987-2006)

translated by Yvette Neisser Moreno

(Cross-Cultural Communications, 2009)

Bon Appetempt

Bon Appétempt

Amelia Morris

(Grand Central Publishing, 2015)

Some Planet

Some Planet

John Mortara

(YesYes Books, 2015)

Small Creatures

Small Creatures/Wide Field

John Mortara

(tNY.Press, 2014)

The Returned

The Wonder of All Things

Jason Mott

(Mira Books, 2014)

The Returned

The Returned

Jason Mott

(Mira Books, 2013)


...Hide Behind Me...

Jason Mott

(Main Street Rag, 2011)

We Call This Thing Between Us Love, by Jason Mott

We Call This Thing Between Us Love

Jason Mott

(Main Street Rag, 2009)


Instructions for Preparing Your Skin

Ariana Nadia Nash

Winner of the Philip Levine Prize in Poetry

(Anhinga Press, 2013)


Our Blood Is Singing

Ariana Nadia Nash

(Damask Press, 2012)

The Long Division, by Derek Nikitas

The Long Division

Derek Nikitas

(St. Martin's Minotaur, 2009)

Pyres, by Derek Nikitas


Derek Nikitas

(St. Martin's Minotaur, 2008)


Steering Toward Normal

Rebecca Petruck

(Abrams/Amulet, 2014)

Oyster Flats, by Dawn Evans Radford

Oyster Flats

Dawn Evans Radford

(Pottersville Press, 2007)

Boys of the Battleship North Carolina, by Cindy Horrell Ramsey

Boys of the Battleship North Carolina

Cindy Horrell Ramsey

(John F. Blair, 2007)

a la carte

(Main Street Rag, 2010)


XX Eccentric: Stories About the Eccentricities of Women

edited by S. Craig Renfroe, Jr.

(Main Street Rag, 2009)


Flirting With Ridicule

S. Craig Renfroe, Jr.

(Main Street Rag, 2005)


You Should Get That Looked At

S. Craig Renfroe, Jr.

(Main Street Rag, 2004)

34 Pieces of You

34 Pieces of You

Carmen Rodrigues

(Simon Pulse, 2012)

Not Anything, by Carmen Rodrigues

Not Anything

Carmen Rodrigues

(Berkley Trade, 2008)


Tropical Depression

Anne Russell

(Bradley Creek Press, 2013)


The Wayward Girls of Samarcan, A True Story

Anne Russell

(Bradley Creek Press, 2012)


Seabiscuit: Wild Pony of the Outer Banks

Anne Russell

(Coastal Carolina Press, 2001)


Wilmington: A Pictorial History

Anne Russell

(Donning Pub, 1994)


The Secret of the Nightingale Palace: A Novel

Dana Sachs

(William Morrow, 2013)

If You Lived Here, Dana Sachs

If You Lived Here

Dana Sachs

(HarperCollins, 2008)

The House on Dream Street, by Dana Sachs

The House on Dream Street

Dana Sachs

(Seal Press, 2003)

Slow Echoes

Slow Echoes

Kristina M. Serrano

(Forever More Publishing, 2016)



Ryan Spooner

(Lettered Streets Press, 2014)

Garden Perennials for the Coastal South, by Barbara Sullivan

Garden Perennials for the Coastal South

Barbara Sullivan

(UNC Press, 2003)


American Afterlife

Kate Sweeney

(UGA Press, 2014)


City of Starlings

Daniel Nathan Terry

(Sibling Rivalry Press, 2015)



Daniel Nathan Terry

(Lethe Press, 2012)


Days of Dark Miracles

Daniel Nathan Terry

(Seven Kitchens Press, 2011)

Capturing the Dead, by Daniel Nathan Terry

Capturing the Dead

Daniel Nathan Terry

Winner of the Stevens Poetry Manuscript Prize

(National Federation of State Poetry Societies Press, 2008)

Nothing Left to Burn, by Jay Varner

Nothing Left to Burn

Jay Varner

(Algonquin Books, 2010)

Human Resources, by Jesse Waters

Human Resources

Jesse Waters

(Ink Brush Press, 2011)

Human Resources, by Jesse Waters

Broken Records

Snežana Žabić

(Punctum Books, 2014)

Human Resources, by Jesse Waters

Po(jest)zija Po(eat)ry

Snežana Žabić

(SKCNS, 2013)


Xhenet Aliu
Brass, Random House (2016)