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Friday, May 12, 2017

The Country That Dines Together Stays Together

Two CMU English alumnae are advocating strength in communication over the dinner table.Two Dietrich College alumnae created Make America Dinner again to bring individuals with diverse ideologies in a non-threatening environment—the dinner table—to respectfully exchange views. MORE
Friday, May 5, 2017

Five CMU Friends Keep the Connection

Five CMU friends keep the connection.In 1964, five freshmen arrived at Carnegie Institute of Technology and became close friends. More than 50 years later, the women’s bond that was forged over studying and becoming young adults together remains strong…as does their connection to what is now Carnegie Mellon University. MORE
Friday, January 20, 2017

Using an English Degree To Do What You Love

Two English alumnae discuss what it means to use your english degree.

What can you do with an English degree? Plenty. Carnegie Mellon University graduates have built diverse careers doing what they love – from publishing to museum administration, children’s entertainment and entrepreneurship.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Startup Sparked By a Quest for the Truth

Luke Brindle-Khym is a CMU English alum.Luke Brindle-Khym is passionate about truth and justice. He has taken that passion and turned it into a career and viable business. In 2010, Brindle-Khym launched Quest Research & Investigations LLC (QRI), a firm that collects evidence for civil and criminal litigators and investigates corporate misconduct. MORE
Friday, September 9, 2016

Remembering 9/11

Regina Ress is a CMU English alum.As the country marks the 15th anniversary of 9/11, a CMU alumna continues to encourage hope and healing in a unique way. Regina Ress, an award-winning storyteller, actor, writer and educator, travels throughout the country to perform "Compassion, Generosity and Grace: Stories from 9/11." MORE
Thursday, August 25, 2016

With a Pogo Stick, the Sky's the Limit

Nick Ryan is a professional writing alum.Nick Ryan (DC’11) is forging his own path—by pogo stick. In 2010, while Ryan was still a student at Carnegie Mellon University, he co-founded Xpogo—an events, media and retail company dedicated to growing the sport of extreme pogo. MORE
Friday, August 19, 2016

Still Something Rattles

Terence Degnan is a CMU English alum.As a poet and spoken word artist, you could say that storytelling is in Terence Degnan’s blood. But it does not end there. Degnan, a former Carnegie Mellon University student who studied creative writing, is also interested in how the world around us makes us who we are. MORE
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Q&A with City Theatre Company’s Clare Drobot

creative writing alumna clare drobot is the director of new play development at city theatre

The New York Times once described City Theatre Company as “Pittsburgh’s most innovative theater company.” As its Director of New Play Development, Clare Drobot (CW’05) is responsible for reading scripts submitted by writers and helping develop the company’s season of plays. We recently had a chance to ask Drobot about her work at City Theatre.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Creative Writing Alumna Wins National Fiction Prize

creative writing alumna anne ray has won the national danahy fiction prize

Anne Ray (CW'00) has won the national Danahy Fiction Prize for her short story, “Please Repeat My Name.” She received a $1,000 award for her story, which will be published in a forthcoming issue of the “Tampa Review," the faculty-edited literary journal of the University of Tampa. Ray received a $1,000 award for her story, which will be published in a forthcoming issue of the journal.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Alumni Make Pittsburgh A Better Place Through The Sprout Fund

english department alumni cathy lewis long and ryan coon lead the sprout fund.

Through their work at The Sprout Fund, English Department alumni Cathy Lewis Long (LCS, PW’91) and Ryan Coon (CW, English’06) are making Pittsburgh a better place to live, work and play. The 15-year-old non-profit organization has made its mark on the city by funding projects like Bike Pittsburgh and GTECH Strategies when they were just in their early stages of development.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

From Carnegie Mellon To Simon & Schuster

chloe fraboni is an editor and author at Simon & Schuster

Chloe Fraboni earned a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and English in 2011 and is now an editor and author at Simon & Schuster, which is home to acclaimed novelists, such as Stephen King, David McCullough, Jennifer Weiner and more. Fraboni has launched two children’s book series at the publishing company: “The Hidden World of Changers” and “Living in…”

Monday, June 6, 2016

Johns Hopkins University Accepts LCS Masters Alumnus Into Ph.D. Program

nathan doherty (lcs'15) was accepted into a ph.d. program at john hopkins university.

This fall, Nathan Doherty (LCS’15) will experience a few firsts. He’ll begin his studies in Johns Hopkins University’s Ph.D. in English Literature Program and his first journal article will appear in the leading interdisciplinary law journal, “Law and Literature.” The article started out as a paper for a course with Associate Professor of English Christopher Warren.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Ph.D. in LCS & Rhetoric Alumni Land Jobs at Civic Nonprofits

creative writing and professional writing alumna elisabeth finch is a writer for grey's anatomy

Non-academic career options are an increasingly exciting and fulfilling option for Ph.D. graduates. Take for example, recent graduates of Carnegie Mellon University’s English Department’s Ph.D. programs, Kurt Sampsel (LCS’15) and Matthew Zebrowski (Rhetoric’15), who are both pursuing nonprofit careers in civic engagement.

Friday, May 6, 2016

English & Professional Writing Alumna, Emily Dobler, Gets Political

emily dobler is an english and professional writing major who is now a copy editor at POLITICO pro.With 2016 being an election year, Emily Dobler (DC’13) says POLITCO Pro, where she is a copy editor, is more fast-paced and exciting than it already is. Dobler, a Carnegie Mellon University English and professional writing double major, recently joined the POLITICO Pro team, a subscription-based offshoot of the popular politics online magazine, POLITICO. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Grey’s Anatomy: Alumna’s Heart Is In the Work

creative writing and professional writing alumna elisabeth finch is a writer for grey's anatomy

It’s been over a decade since Elisabeth Finch graduated, yet she continues to live and breathe the university’s motto, “My heart is in the work.” Finch, who majored in creative writing and professional writing and minored in drama, is constantly working in various Hollywood writing roles. She’s a writer for “Grey’s Anatomy” and between seasons, Finch periodically works with IAMA Theatre Company writing one-act plays for the company’s 23 Hour Plays Fest and IAMAFest.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

MA in Rhetoric Alumna Impacts Communities Through Arts Initiatives

ma in rhetoric alumna sarah york rubin impacts communities through arts initiatives.

As the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission's new executive director, Sarah York Rubin hopes to work with other members of the commission to make art increasingly accessible to diverse residents across Santa Barbara County. Even while she was studying in Carnegie Mellon University’s Master of Arts in Rhetoric program, Rubin demonstrated leadership potential—one of the characteristics that helped her earn a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Literary and Cultural Studies Alumni Carve Out Diverse Career Paths

matt ewalt and rachel delphia

From organizing museum exhibits to developing lecture series, two Carnegie Mellon literary and cultural studies (LCS) alumni are engaging communities into conversation in diverse ways. Rachel Delphia (LCS’03), the Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman curator of decorative arts and design at the Carnegie Museum of Art, is really excited to share with the public an untold story of design in Pittsburgh through the museum’s current exhibit.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Meet The Wall Street Journal’s Newest Copy Editor

braden kelner working at the wall street journal.

While Braden Kelner was working towards his bachelor’s degree in creative writing and professional writing at Carnegie Mellon University, he had his heart set on one thing—working in journalism. A private equity editorial internship at Dow Jones, a passion for journalism and being digital savvy would soon help turn his dream into reality.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Creative Writing Alumni Take On Hollywood

Javier Grillo-Marxuach, far left, stands with his Emmy award-winning

There is a good chance that your favorite TV show or movie has a connection to Carnegie Mellon University’s English Department. From “Toy Story” to the hottest sci-fi television hits, creative writing alumni are writing, producing and directing. As the co-executive producer of the CW Television Network series “The 100,” Javier Grillo-Marxuach (DC’91) works closely with showrunner Jason Rothenberg to bring the program’s dark vision to life.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

MA in LCS Alum Now Ph.D. Student By Day, Salon Writer By Night

keith spencer ma in lcs graduateAfter working as a successful freelance writer and publications manager at the California Shakespeare Theater, Keith Spencer started pursuing a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz – a notable Ph.D. program.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Are You Ready For Some Football?

In his new book, Adam Lazarus (DC’06) goes behind the scenes of the legendary Super Bowl champion Washington Redskins teams during former coach Joe Gibbs’ era in the 1980s and early 1990s. Lazarus’ “Hail to the Redskins” looks into Gibb’s career from a fresh perspective.

In his new book, Adam Lazarus (DC’06) goes behind the scenes of the legendary Super Bowl champion Washington Redskins teams during former coach Joe Gibbs’ era in the 1980s and early 1990s. Lazarus’ “Hail to the Redskins” looks into Gibb’s career from a fresh perspective.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Three Books, One Year

Michael Rectenwald received his Ph.D. in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon in 2004 and is now the clinical associate professor of New York University’s Liberal Studies program. Ever since Michael Rectenwald earned a Ph.D. in literary and cultural studies from CMU in 2004, he’s been a prolific writer of significant books. In less than 12 months, he will have published three books, including his most recent, “Global Secularisms in a Post-Secular Age: Religion and Modernity in the Global Age,” that he co-edited with distinguished Victorianist scholar George Levine.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

How an Aspiring Med Student Is Using Her English Degree

berryhill mccarty earned her bachelor of arts degree in English in 2014. As Carnegie Mellon University alumna Berryhill McCarty (DC’14) goes through the lengthy process of applying to some of the best medical schools in the country, including Columbia, Duke and Harvard, she feels confident that her bachelor of arts degree in English will be valuable to her career in medicine.

Monday, August 24, 2015

MA in LCS Alum’s First Book Examines 1950s Nostalgia

MA in LCS alum Michael Dwyer's first book examines 1950s nostalgiaMaster of Arts in Literary and Cultural Studies Alum Michael Dwyer’s first book “Back to the Fifties: Nostalgia, Hollywood Film and Popular Music of the Seventies and Eighties” is not your usual coffee table read looking at 1950s nostalgia.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Danielle Pieratti Wins National Poetry Award

danielle pieratti won the Idaho prize for poetryThe Idaho Prize for Poetry has selected “Fugitives,” a manuscript by Creative Writing alumna Danielle Pieratti (CMU’00), as its 2015 winner. A national poetry competition, the prize annually awards a poet $1,000 for the best book-length collection.

Friday, July 17, 2015

CMU Filmmakers Need Your Vote To Win $100K

yulin kuang storyteller contestThree Carnegie Mellon University filmmakers are competing to win $100K. “We’ve Met Before” is a short film directed by Yulin Kuang, who earned her bachelor of arts degree in creative writing and international relations and politics in 2012. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

English Alumna Wins Major Poetry Prize

marci calabretta won the 2015 Donald Hall Prize for Poetry Marci Calabretta has won the 2015 Donald Hall Prize for Poetry. Part of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Award Series, the award is given annually for excellent new book-length works. Calabretta, who received her bachelor of arts degree in English from CMU’s Department of English and had an additional major in creative writing, won for “Hour of the Ox,” a collection of poetry about an immigrant family that will be published next year.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

News Maker: Alumna Brittany McCandless

brittany mccandless cbs this morning associate producerIt’s safe to say that Brittany McCandless (DC’08) knew she wanted to be a journalist at a young age. When most kids were playing house or school, McCandless and her brother would take anything that they could get their hands on — such as a TV manual or a book — and turn them into scripts to play news anchors.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Creative Writing Alumna Releases E-book on Alzheimer’s

amy berger's first e-bookCarnegie Mellon alumna Amy Berger’s (CW’00) new e-book, “The Alzheimer’s Antidote,” is a remedy for preventing the fear, confusion, and hopelessness Alzheimer’s disease (AD) patients and their caregivers feel.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Gay Giordano (CW ’82) Debuts Poetry Collection

gay giordano publishes first bookGay Giordano recently published her first poetry collection of dreamlike poems, "Waking From So Rich A Nightmare." “It is a homage to the lost and sad people I see, read about, and find in literature,” said Giordano who graduated with a B.A. in creative writing in 1982. “I grew up in New York City and walked in and around these stories all my life.”

Monday, March 23, 2015

Rhetoric Alumna, Jennifer Andrus, Publishes First Book

rhetoric alumni jennifer andrus In “Entextualizing Domestic Violence: Language Ideology and Violence Against Women in the Anglo-American Hearsay Principle,” Ph.D. in Rhetoric alumna Jennifer Andrus discusses how legal views about language, or languages ideologies, fit with, reproduce and recirculate ideas about victims of domestic violence.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Two MAPW Alumni Win Competitive Technical Writing Awards

John Geyer and Samantha ReynardGraduate professional writing alumni, John Geyer and Samantha Reynard, recently won Merit Awards in the Society for Technical Communication (STC) Touchstone Competition for documentation they created while working at Salesforce, a global cloud computing company known for being the global leader in Customer Relationship Management.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Alum Ann Blakeslee Wins Award for Technical Communication Research

ann blakeslee
Ann Blakeslee has received the Ken Rainey Award for Excellence in Research in Technical Communication from the Society for Technical Communication (STC). This annual award honors STC members who have made significant contributions to technical communication practice and teaching through their research. The STC is the oldest and largest professional association for technical communicators. Its members are spread throughout every continent and industry in the world.
Saturday, November 19, 2011

Alum to Donate Portion of Book Proceeds to Charity

NealReillyIn light of the recent scandal at Penn State, alum LeAnn Neal Reilly will be donating a portion of the proceeds from her latest novel, Saint Sebastian's Head, to the Heath Evans Foundation, a charity that provides counseling and therapy to victims of childhood sexual abuse. MORE
Wednesday, October 5, 2011

MAPW Alum Adam Lazarus Holds Book Signing at Carnegie Mellon

Adam LazarusAlum Adam Lazarus was on campus Monday, October 3, to speak with students and to offer a signing of his new book, "Super Bowl Monday: The New York Giants, the Buffalo Bills, and Super Bowl XXV."

Monday, September 5, 2011

Alum Michael Scotto Makes Pittsburgh’s 40 Under 40 List

Michael ScottoAlum Michael Scotto was named to Pittsburgh's 40 Under 40 list, sponsored by Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP (Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project).

Thursday, August 11, 2011

MAPW Alum Adam Lazarus Publishes Book on Super Bowl XXV

Adam LazarusAdam Lazarus (MAPW'06) has published his first solo-authored book, "Super Bowl Monday: The New York Giants, the Buffalo Bills, and Super Bowl XXV."

Friday, June 24, 2011

Alum Sarah Smith Awarded Cleveland State University First Book Prize

Sarah SmithSarah Smith has won the 2011 Cleveland State University First Book Prize. Her full-length book of poems, I Live in a Hut, will be published in spring 2012. MORE
Friday, June 17, 2011

Alum Karen Rigby Wins Sawtooth Poetry Prize

Karen RigbyKaren Rigby has won the 2011 Sawtooth Poetry Prize for her manuscript Chinoiserie, which will be published by Ahsahta Press in January 2012.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Alum Maureen McGranaghan Publishes Poetry Book

Maureen McGranaghanAttached to Earth, a book of poems by Carnegie Mellon alum Maureen McGranaghan (BHA'99), will be published in July 2011.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Alum Jewell Parker Rhodes Nominated for Best Historical Author

bookcoverAlum Jewell Parker Rhodes has been nominated for the "Best Historical Author" award from the GoOn Girl! Book Club for her novel, Douglass' Women. The winner of the award will be announced at the club's 20th Anniversary Gala on May 21, 2011, in Washington, D.C. MORE
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Alum John Ackerman Receives "Outstanding Book Award for Civic Scholarship"

bookcoverReflections: A Journal of Writing, Service-Learning, and Community Literacy has awarded the "Outstanding Book Award for Civic Scholarship" to Carnegie Mellon alum John Ackerman and David Coogan, editors of The Public Work of Rhetoric: Citizen-Scholars and Civic Engagement MORE
Monday, April 18, 2011

Alum Laurie MacDiarmid Wins Georgetown Review Poetry Contest

macdiarmidAlum Laurie (Schorr) MacDiarmid ('86) has been selected as the 2011 winner of the Georgetown Review Poetry Manuscript Contest for her upcoming book of poems Consolation Prize.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Alum Ann Blakeslee Honored by Association of Teachers of Technical Writing

Congratulations to Ann M. Blakeslee for her elevation to the rank of Fellow by The Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW). Dr. Blakeslee graduated from CMU with a Ph.D. in Rhetoric in 1992 and is now a professor at Eastern Michigan University. MORE
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Alum Lillian-Yvonne Bertram Wins Award for Poetry Collection

Lillian-Yvonne Bertram is the 2010 winner of the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award for her manuscript But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise. Bertram graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2006 with degrees in Creative Writing and Hispanic Studies. MORE
Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Ludmila Hyman Accepts Position at CMU Qatar

Ludmila Hyman has accepted the position of Assistant Teaching Professor at CMU's Qatar campus, where she will begin teaching in spring 2012. MORE
Monday, January 17, 2011

English Department Alumnus Jim Stratman Presenting Workshop at Pitt Law

On January 27th at 12:00 pm, alumnus Jim Stratman, who was a member of the English Department's very first Ph.D. in Rhetoric class, will be running a workshop at the University of Pittsburgh's law school. MORE
Thursday, January 6, 2011

Rhetoric Alum Betsy Bowen Named Connecticut Professor of the Year

Betsy Bowen, who earned a Ph.D. in Rhetoric from CMU in 1988, was named the 2010 Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching Connecticut Professor of the Year. MORE
Thursday, January 6, 2011

CPID Alum Melissa Clarkson Receives Award from STC

Melissa Clarkson, CPID '08, received a Distinguished Award for work that she entered in a regional competition held by the Society for Technical Communication (STC).
Thursday, December 9, 2010

Oopali Operajita (MAPW ’95) Plays Key Role in India’s Concert for President Obama

Noted choreographer and classical dancer Oopali Operajita (MAPW '95) served as the artistic director and choreographer for the Concert for President Barack Obama, hosted by Indian President Pratibha Patil at India's presidential palace on November 8, 2010. MORE
Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Alumni News: Christopher Ward Publishes Article

Christopher Ward, who graduated from CMU in 2007 with an MA in Rhetoric, recently published an article in the book "Error: Glitch, Noise, and Jam in New Media Cultures," edited by Mark Nunes.
Thursday, July 15, 2010

PhD Student Emily Klein Wins Prestigious Teaching Award

PhD in Literary and Cultural Studies student Emily Klein won the 2010 H&SS Student Teaching Award.
Thursday, July 15, 2010

MAPW Alum Adam Lazarus Publishes Book

Adam Lazarus (MAPW '06), along with Carnegie Mellon History Professor Steven Schlossman, co-authored the recently published book "Chasing Greatness: Johnny Miller, Arnold Palmer, and the Miracle at Oakmont" (New American Library, 2010). MORE
Thursday, July 8, 2010

Veronica Olson Receives Steinberg Award

Veronica Olson (MAPW '10) is the 2010 recipient of the Erwin R. Steinberg MAPW Scholarship. Each year, this scholarship is awarded to the 3rd semester MAPW who excels in Style, a course that Steinberg taught for many years in the MAPW program. MORE
Friday, April 30, 2010

Operajita (MAPW'95) Works for Global Sustainability

Alumna Oopali Operajita is dedicating her talents to a good cause: global sustainability. In 2007, Operajita (MAPW '95) created the Al Gore Sustainable Technology Venture Competition, of which she is chair and founder, in honor of Nobel Laureate Al Gore. MORE
Tuesday, July 28, 2009

CW Alum Adam Atkinson and the Pittsburgh Literati

CMU Creative writing alumnus Adam Atkinson was featured in a story about the thriving literary scene in Pittsburgh, in Monday's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. MORE
Thursday, June 11, 2009

Schriver and Hayes Win CPTSC Assessment Award

MAPW and  Rhetoric alumnus Karen Schriver has won this year's Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC) Award for Excellence in Program Assessment with CMU Professor Dick Hayes (Psychology). MORE