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Summer 2014 Updates

2007 Alum Jennifer Lynne Roberts' play The Killing Jar has been selected as a finalist for the 2014 Dayton Playhouse's FutureFest. The play will be produced as a staged reading at 10 am on Saturday, July 26. 

2007 Alum Drew Dammron completed his MFA in Film Production with an emphasis in Directing at Chapman University. His first film, Little Goat, won the Best Director and Best Short Film awards at the Macabre Faire film festival in New York and Best Student Film at the 2013 Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival. Little Goat will be screened next at an Austin Indie Flix Showcase in September. 

2009 Alum Caitlin Ward and 2010 Alum Zack Hopper are now, six years after meeting in Dr. Paul Eisenstein's Critical Theory class, engaged to be married.

2011 Alum Bryan Kish completed his MFA in Screenwriting at Queens University of Charlotte (NC) and is a contracted screenwriter for the film Dead Beatz, Hipzee Productions (NY).

2011 Alum Alice McCutcheon has just completed her Peace Corps service in Chengxian, China and is entering the Psy.D. program in Clinical Psychology at Adler School of Professional Psychology in fall.

Spring 2014 Updates

2005 Alum Ashar Foley completed her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Stony Brook University. 

2006 Alum Ladan Osman’s poetry collection, The Kitchen-Dweller’s Testimony, won the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poetry. Read more about the judges’ decision and Ladan’s accomplishments here.

2007 Alum Jen Knox’s fiction collection, Don’t Tease the Elephants, was recently featured on BestsellerBound’s website. Read the feature here, and learn more about Knox's work on her website.

2008 Alum Jason Carney has completed his Ph.D. at Case Western University and will start his teaching career at Newport University this fall. 

2013 Alum Jess L. Bryant will be entering Eastern Washington University's MFA program in creative writing this fall.

2013 Alum Orey Wilson will be entering Rosemont College's MFA program in creative writing this fall. 

2014 Alum
Andrew Miller’s nonfiction collection, If Only the Names Were Changed, which evolved out of his Senior Writing Project, has been accepted for publication in 2016 by Civil Coping Mechanisms.

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Shannon Lakanen
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