Creative Writing

Books by Creative Writing Students & Alumni

The Department of Creative Writing prides itself upon student success. Our students and alumni have published more than 200 books and chapbooks. Jason Mott's first novel became the ABC TV series The Returned and his fourth, Hell of a Book, won the National Book Award; Brad Land's debut memoir became the 2016 movie Goat; Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams received a $25,000 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award and a $50,000 Whiting Writers Award; Ben Hoffman received a $30,000 Fellowship Award at the Wisconsin Institution for Creative Writing (in addition to a $25,000 NEA Grant); Arianna Nadia 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; Emma Bolden won the Cowles Poetry Book Prize; Xhenet Aliu won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize; Ashleigh Bryant Phillips won the C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize; the list of prizes and books goes on and on—and with publishers such as HarperCollins, St. Martins, Algonquin, Viking, Ballantine, Morrow, Random House, Simon and Schuster, and more. In addition to books, alumni have published many hundreds of poems, stories, essays, and 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.

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Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams (MFA '07)

The Man Who Danced With Dolls

(Madras Press, 2011)

Lavonne J. Adams (MFA '99)

Through the Glorieta Pass

(Pearl Books, March 2009)

Xhenet Aliu (MFA '07)


(Random House, 2018)


Domesticated Wild Things, and Other Stories
—Winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction—

(University of Nebraska Press, 2013)

Peter C. Baker (MFA '14)


(Knopf / Penguin Random House, 2022)

Meghan Barnes (MFA '11)
So Long

(Telling Our Stories Press, 2012)

Anne Clinard Barnhill (MFA '01)

The Beautician's Notebook

(Moonshine Cove Publishing, LLC, 2017)

Queen Elizabeth's Daughter

(St. Martin's Griffin, 2014)


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

(St. Martin's Press, 2012)

Coal, Baby

(FinishingLine Press, 2012)

What You Long For, by Anne Barnhill

What You Long For

(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

(Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2007)

Thomas Scott Benedict (BFA '08)

Worlds: The Conciousness Code

(Worlds Publishing, 2021)

George Bishop, Jr. (MFA '01)

The Night of the Comet

(Ballantine Books, 2013)

Letter to My Daughter, by George Bishop

Letter to My Daughter

(Random House, 2010)

Emma Bolden (MFA '05)

House is an Enigma 
Winner of the 2017 Cowles Poetry Prize—

(Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2018)


(Noctuary Press, 2016)

Geography V

(Argus House Press, 2014)



(GenPop Books, 2013)

The Chapbook, Volume 2: This Is Our Hollywood

(The Chapbook, 2013)

Sad Epistles

The Sad Epistles

(Dancing Girl Press, 2008)


The Mariner's Wife

(Finishing Line Press, 2008)


How to Recognize a Lady

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

Michelle Boyajian (MFA '05)
Lies of the Heart, by Michelle Boyajian

Lies of the Heart

(Viking Adult, 2010)

Jason Bradford (MFA '16)
The Inhabitants, by Jason Bradford

The Inhabitants

(Final Thursday Press, 2013)

A Celebration of
Jason Bradford

Dan Camacho (MFA '09)

A Brief History of Wilmington

(Java Dog Press, 2018)

Emily Carr (MFA '04)

Up the Shinbone Superlatives

(Horse Less Press, 2012)

13 Ways of Happily

(Parlor Press, 2011)

Directions for Flying, by Emily Carr

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

(Furniture Press Books, 2010)

Bill Carty (MFA '07)

Huge Cloudy

(Octopus Books, 2019)


(Alice Blue Books, 2012)

Jonathan Russell Clark (MFA '16)

An Oasis of Horror in a Desert of Boredom 

(Fiction Advocate, 2018)

Sarah Creech (BFA '05)

The Whole Way Home

(William Morrow, 2017)

Season of the Dragonflies

(William Morrow, 2014)

Patrick Culliton (MFA '06)

Sam’s Teeth

(Subito Press, 2017)

Kate Cumiskey (MFA '06)

The Women Who Gave Up Their Vowels

(Finishing Line Press, 2021)



(Silent E Publishing, 2014)


Surfing in New Smyrna Beach

(Arcadia Publishing, 2010)

Samantha Deal (MFA '13)

Something Opened 

(Black Lawrence Press, 2019)

Daren Dean (MFA '03)

This Vale of Tears

(Cowboy Jamboree, 2021)

The Black Harvest

(University of West Alabama's Livingston Press, 2021) <book trailer>

I'll Still Be Here

I'll Still Be Here Long After You're Gone

(CJ Press, 2019) <press release>

Far Beyond the Pale

(CreateSpace, 2010)

Nicola DeRobertis-Theye (MFA ’15)

The Vietri Project

(HarperCollins, 2021)

Brian Devido (MFA '01)
Every Time I Talk to Liston, by Brian DeVido

Every Time I Talk to Liston

(Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2004)

Regina DiPerna (MFA '13)

A Map of Veins

(Floodgate Poetry Series, 2018)

Alexa Doran (MFA '15)

DM Me, Mother Darling
Winner of the 2020 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize—

(Bauhan Publishing, 2021)


Nightsink, Faucet Me a Lullaby

(Bottlecap Press, 2019)

Kevin Dublin (BFA '10)

How to Fall in Love in San Diego

(Finishing Line Press, 2017)

Jason Frye (MFA '05)

Moon Road Trips: Blue Ridge Parkway

(Avalon Travel, 2015)

Every Time I Talk to Liston, by Brian DeVido

Moon North Carolina Coast

(Avalon Travel, 2014)

Every Time I Talk to Liston, by Brian DeVido

Moon North Carolina

(Avalon Travel, 2014)

Adam Gnuse (MFA '19)

Girl in the Walls

(Ecco-, 4th Estate /HarperCollins, 2021)

Nina de Gramont (MFA '06)

The Christie Affair

(St. Martin's Press, 2022)

The Distance from Me to You

(Putnam's Sons, 2015)

The Last September

(Algonquin, 2015)

The Boy I Love, by Nina de Gramont

The Boy I Love

(Simon & Schuster, 2014)


Meet Me at the River

(Atheneum, 2013)

Rogue Touch

(Kingswell, 2013)

Every Little Thing in the World, by Nina de Gramont

Every Little Thing in the World

(Atheneum, 2010)

Gossip of the Starlings

(Algonquin Books, 2008)

Choice: True Stories of Birth, Contraception, Infertility, Adoption, Single Parenthood and Abortion, co-editor

(MacAdam Cage, 2007)

Of Cats and Men, by Nina de Gramont

Of Cats and Men

(Random House, 2002)

Evan Gray (MFA '17)

Body Birth

(Above/Ground Press, 2019)

Dusk Melody

(Shirt Pocket Press, 2019)

Blindspot (the Rest

(Garden-Door Press, 2018)

Dina Greenberg (MFA '11)

Nermina's Chance

(Atmosphere Press, 2021) 

David Harris-Gershon (MFA '09)

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

(Oneworld Publications, 2013)

Eli Hastings (MFA '04)
Clearly Now, The Rain


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

(ECW Press, 2013)

Falling Room, by Eli Hastings

Falling Room

(Bison Books, 2006)

Jeremy Hawkins (MFA '11)
The Last Days of Video

The Last Days of Video

(Soft Skull Press, 2015)

Joy Hewett (MA '91)

Blue Water White Sand

(Silk Hope Press, 2017)


Ben Hoffman (MFA '13)

Together, Apart

Together, Apart

(Origami Zoo Press, 2014)

Kirsten Holmstedt (MFA '06)

Soul Survivors

(Stackpole Books, 2016)


The Girls Come Marching Home, by Kirsten Holmstedt

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

(Stackpole Books, 2009)

Band of Sisters, by Kirsten Holmstedt

Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq

(Stackpole Books, 2007)

Elizabeth King Humphrey (MFA '03)

Idiot's Guide: Gluten-Free Eating

(DK Publishing, Inc., 2014)


The Feminist Movement Today

(Mason Crest, 2013)

Rochelle Hurt (MFA '11)

In Which I Play the Runaway
—Winner of the Barrow Street Book Prize—

(Barrow Street Press, 2016)


The Rusted City: A Novel in Poems
—Winner of the Marie Alexander Poetry Series 2012 Open Submission Reading—

(White Pine Press, 2014)

Erato Ioannou (MFA '01)

Not in the Ornamental Teapot, stories

(Room for Art, 2020)

Tell Me a Tale

Tell Me A Tale, an anthology

(Armida Publications, 2012)


Cats Have it All

(Armida Publications, 2004)

Cyprus Engraved

Cyprus Engraved: A Book of History and Direction

(Cyprus Museum, 2002)

Graham Irvin (MFA '18)

Liver Mush

(Back Patio Press, 2022)

Ever Jones (MFA '08)


(Sundress Publications, 2020)

Nancy J. Jones (MFA '98)
Molly, by Nancy J. Jones


(Crown, 2000)

Shawna Kenney (MFA '07)

Live at the Safari Club: A History of Hardcore Punk in the Nation’s Capital

(Rare Bird Books, 2017)

book lovers

Book Lovers: Stories (editor)

(Seal Press, 2014)

Imposters, by Shawna Kenney


(Mark Batty Publisher, 2008)

I Was a Teenage Dominatrix, by Shawna Kenney

I Was a Teenage Dominatrix

(Last Gasp of San Francisco, 2001)

Gwendolyn Knapp (MFA '06)

After A While You Just Get Used To It: A Tale of Family Clutter

(Gotham/Penguin Random House, 2015)

Keith Kopka (MFA '11)

Count Four
Winner of the 2019 Tampa Review Prize—

(University of Tampa Press, 2020)

Drew Krepp (MFA '15)
Salt Marsh King

Salt Marsh King

(Bancroft Press, 2014)

Brad Land (MFA '02)
Pilgrims Upon the Earth, by Brad Land

Pilgrims Upon the Earth: A Novel

(Random House, 2007)

Goat, by Brad Land

Goat: A Memoir

(Random House, 2005)

Johannes Lichtman (MFA '12)

Such Good Work 

(Simon & Schuster, 2019)

Martha Lundin (MFA '17)

Challenges for LGBTQ Teens (Teen Problems)

(Reference Point Press, 2020)

Dealing with Gender Dysphoria

(Reference Point Press, 2020)

Robert Dean Lurie (MFA '05)

Begin the Begin: R.E.M.'s Early Years

(Verse Chorus Press, 2019)

We Can Be Heroes: The Radical Individualism of David Bowie

(Liberty Island Media, 2016)

No Certainty Attached, by Robert Dean Lurie

The Edge: Life Lessons from a Martial Arts Master

(CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013)

No Certainty Attached, by Robert Dean Lurie

No Certainty Attached: Steve Kilbey and The Church

(Verse Chorus Press, 2009)

Josh MacIvor-Andersen (MFA ’11)

Rooted: The Best New Arboreal Nonfiction

(Outpost 19 Books, 2017)

On Heights & Hunger

(Outpost 19 Books, 2016)

Catherine McCall (MFA '03)
Lifeguarding, by Catherine McCall

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

(Harmony Books, 2006)

Corinne Manning (MFA '10)

We Had No Rules

(Arsenal Pulp, 2020)

JM Miller (MFA '08)

Wilderness Lessons

(FutureCycle Press, 2016)

Jacob Steven Mohr (BFA ’16)

The Unwelcome

(John Hunt Publishing, 2021)

Daughter of Man

(World Castle Publishing, 2018)

The Book of Apparitions

(Ugly Sapling, 2016)

Amelia Morris (MFA '09)


(Flatiron Books, 2022)

Bon Appetempt

Bon Appétempt

(Grand Central Publishing, 2015)

Jamie Mortara (MFA '13)
Some Planet

Some Planet

(YesYes Books, 2015)

Small Creatures

Small Creatures/Wide Field

(tNY.Press, 2014)

Jason Mott (MFA '08)

Hell of a Book
National Book Award Winner

(Dutton Press, 2021)

The Crossing 

(Harlequin/Park Row, 2018)

The Returned

The Wonder of All Things

(Mira Books, 2014)

The Returned

The Returned

(Mira Books, 2013)


...Hide Behind Me...

(Main Street Rag, 2011)

We Call This Thing Between Us Love, by Jason Mott

We Call This Thing Between Us Love

(Main Street Rag, 2009)

Ariana Nadia Nash (MFA '11)

Instructions for Preparing Your Skin 
—Winner of the Philip Levine Prize in Poetry—

(Anhinga Press, 2013)


Our Blood Is Singing

(Damask Press, 2012)

Yvette Neisser Moreno (MFA '00)

Iron Into Flower

(Finishing Line Press, 2022)


Grip  Winner of the Gival Press Poetry Award

(Gival Press, 2012)

South Pole/Polo Sur, translated by Yvette Neisser Moreno

South Pole/Polo Sur (translation)

(Settlement House Books, 2011)

Difficult Beauty, translated by Yvette Neisser Moreno

Difficult Beauty: Selected Poems (1987-2006) (translation)

(Cross-Cultural Communications, 2009)

Brenda Nicholas (MFA '15)

Adrift a Fourth Wave

(Kelsay Books, 2021)

Hari Om, Hurry Home

(Finishing Line Press, 2021)

Derek Nikitas (MFA '00)

Extra Life

(Polis Books, 2015)


The Long Division, by Derek Nikitas

The Long Division

(St. Martin's Minotaur, 2009)

Pyres, by Derek Nikitas


(St. Martin's Minotaur, 2008)

Ali Nolan (MFA '14)

Master the Marathon

(Penguin, 2021)

Leah Poole Osowski (MFA '14)

Hover Over Her
—Winner of the Stan & Tom Wick Poetry Prize—

(Kent State University Press, 2015)

Miriam Parker (MFA '08)

Room and Board

(Penguin Random House, 2022)

The Shortest Way Home

(Penguin Random House, 2018)

Rebecca Petruck (MFA '07)

Boy Bites Bug 

(ABRAMS/Amulet, 2018)


Steering Toward Normal

(ABRAMS/Amulet, 2014)

Ashleigh Bryant Phillips (MFA '17)

Winner of 2019 C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize—

(Hub City Press, 2020)

Benjamin Rachlin (MFA '15)

Ghost of the Innocent Man

(Little, Brown, 2017)

Dawn Evans Radford (MFA '99)
Oyster Flats, by Dawn Evans Radford

Oyster Flats

(Pottersville Press, 2007)

Cindy Horrell Ramsey (MFA '06)
Boys of the Battleship North Carolina, by Cindy Horrell Ramsey

Boys of the Battleship North Carolina

(John F. Blair, 2007)

a la carte

XX Eccentric: Stories About the Eccentricities of Women (editor)

(Main Street Rag, 2009)


Flirting With Ridicule

(Main Street Rag, 2005)


You Should Get That Looked At

(Main Street Rag, 2004)

Carmen Rodrigues (MFA '10)

The Universal Laws of Marco 

(Simon & Schuster, 2019)

34 Pieces of You

34 Pieces of You

(Simon & Schuster, 2012)

Not Anything, by Carmen Rodrigues

Not Anything

(Penguin Teen, 2008)

Jane Virginia Rohrer (MFA '18)

Fake Floating

(Above/Ground Press, 2019)

Anne Russell (MFA '99)

Tropical Depression

(Bradley Creek Press, 2013)


The Wayward Girls of Samarcan, A True Story

(Bradley Creek Press, 2012)


Seabiscuit: Wild Pony of the Outer Banks

(Coastal Carolina Press, 2001)


Wilmington: A Pictorial History

(Donning Pub, 1994)

Dana Sachs (MFA '00)

The Secret of the Nightingale Palace: A Novel

(William Morrow, 2013)

If You Lived Here, Dana Sachs

If You Lived Here

(HarperCollins, 2008)

The House on Dream Street, by Dana Sachs

The House on Dream Street

(Seal Press, 2003)

E.J. Schwartz (MFA '21)

Before We Were Blue

(Flux, 2021)

Kristina M. Serrano (BFA '12)
Slow Echoes

Slow Echoes

(Forever More Publishing, 2016)

Ryan Spooner (BFA '09)


(Lettered Streets Press, 2014)

Megan Starks (MFA '10)

House of Ash & Brimstone
—Book 1 of the Gatewalkers trilogy—

(City Owl Press, 2019)

Sarah J. Stephens (MFA '22)

Where All The Birds Are Dancing

(Finishing Line Press, 2020)

Faydra Stratton (MFA '03)

Devil Springs

(Filles Vertes Publishing, 2020)

Love on Main—a Romance Anthology

(Filles Vertes Publishing, 2020)

Barbara Sullivan (MFA '11)
Garden Perennials for the Coastal South, by Barbara Sullivan

Garden Perennials for the Coastal South

(UNC Press, 2003)

Anna B. Sutton (MFA '13)

Savage Flower
Winner of the 2019 St. Lawrence Book Award—

(Black Lawrence Press, 2021)

Kate Sweeney (MFA '09)

American Afterlife

(UGA Press, 2014)

Gabriella Tallmadge (MFA '13)

Sweet Beast
—Winner of the 2020 Louise Bogan Award—

(Trio House Press, 2021)

Daniel Nathan Terry (MFA '10)

City of Starlings

(Sibling Rivalry Press, 2015)



(Lethe Press, 2012)


Days of Dark Miracles

(Seven Kitchens Press, 2011)

Capturing the Dead, by Daniel Nathan Terry

Capturing the Dead 
—Winner of the Stevens Poetry Manuscript Prize—

(National Federation of State Poetry Societies Press, 2008)

Jessica Thummel (MFA '12)

The Cure for Lonely
—Winner of the Dundee International Book Prize—

(Freight Books, 2017)

Eric Tran (MFA '13)

The Gutter Spread Guide to Prayer
—Winner of the 2019 Rising Writer Contest—

(Autumn House Press, 2020)


(Sibling Rivalry Press, 2018)

Affairs With Men in Suits

(Backbone Press, 2017)

Matt Tullis (MFA '05)

Running With Ghosts: A Memoir of Surviving Childhood Cancer

(The Sager Group, 2017)

Jay Varner (MFA '07)
Nothing Left to Burn, by Jay Varner

Nothing Left to Burn

(Algonquin Books, 2010)

Carson Vaughan (MFA '14)

Zoo Nebraska

(Little A, 2019)

Jesse Waters (MFA '02)

So Let Me Get This Straight

(Paycock Press, 2018)

Human Resources, by Jesse Waters

Human Resources

(Ink Brush Press, 2011)

Caitlyn Webber (BFA '10)

The Assassin's Legacy

(Dead or Alive Press, 2021)

Hannah Bunn West (BFA '09)

Remarkable Women of the Outer Banks

(Arcadia Publishing and The History Press, 2022)

Cheryl Wilder (BFA '05)

Anything that Happens

(Press 53, 2021)

What Binds Us

(Finishing Line Press, 2017)

Emily Paige Wilson (MFA '16)

Four Months Past Florence 

(Andrews McMeel, 2023)

Hypochondria, Least Powerful of the Greek Gods

(Glass Poetry Press, 2020)

I'll Build Us a Home 

(Finishing Line Press, 2018)

Sidney Wollmuth (BFA '22)

New Adult

(Bottlecap Press, 2021)

Snežana Žabić (MFA '05)
Human Resources, by Jesse Waters

Broken Records

(Punctum Books, 2014)

Human Resources, by Jesse Waters

Po(jest)zija Po(eat)ry

(SKCNS, 2013)


Emma Bolden (MFA '05)

The Tiger and the Cage (Soft Skull, 2022)

Jason Bradford (MFA '16)

Stellaphasia (North American Review Press, 2022)

Kate Cumiskey (MFA '06)

Ana (Finishing Line Press, 2022)

Surfers' Rules: The Mike Martin Story (Silent E Publishing, 2022)

Daren Dean (MFA '03)

Roads: A Novel (Cowboy Jamboree Press, 2023)

Martha Lundin (MFA '17)

The In-Between State (Cornerstone Press, 2022)

Rochelle Hurt (MFA '11)

J Girls TV: A Reality Show (Indiana University Press, 2022)
Winner of the Indiana Review 2021 Blue Light Books Prize—

Mamie Morgan (MFA ’06)

Everyone I’ve Danced With Is Dead (forthcoming from Jackleg Press)

Leah Poole Osowski (MFA '14)

Exceeds Us (Saturnalia Books, 2023)

Eric Tran (MFA '13)

Mouth, Sugar, and Smoke (Diode Editions, 2022)
Winner of a Diode Editions Full-Length Book Contest—

Emily Paige Wilson (MFA '16)

Jalubí (Unsolicited Press, 2022)