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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. MORE
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. MORE
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.

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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. MORE
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.  MORE
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.

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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. MORE
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.  MORE
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. MORE
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.

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