Carnegie Mellon University



Fall Speaker Series Features Author and CMU Alumnus Sarah Valentine

“I graduated almost 20 years ago, and it’s great to see how much the university has grown in terms of its engagement with diversity,” said Sarah Valentine, author of the acclaimed new memoir, When I Was White. She discussed her experiences at Carnegie Mellon and her upbringing as a mixed race African American raised in a suburban white family at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Writing Awards Fall Speaker Series program on October 24, 2019. Read more about Sarah's talk here


Prizewinners at Poetry to the People Tour

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Writing Awards were well-represented at the Pittsburgh stop on the national Poetry to the People Tour on June 15, 2019 at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Oakland. Pictured are (from left): 2019 prizewinners Hannah Daniel and Journey Washington; Jenny Johnson, West Virginia University; Rickey Laurentiis, University of Pittsburgh; Samantha Silk, The Ellis School; Ashley Priore, University of Pittsburgh; and Margaret Balich, 2019 Best of School winner. 


On KDKA's Pittsburgh Today Live

2019 prizewinners Xinji (Joyce) Wang, Joss Green, Ilan Magnani, and Madison Katarski, and founder/director Jim Daniels discuss their work and the impetus behind the awards on Pittsburgh Today Live on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 21, 2019. 


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