Bret Anthony Johnston assumed the directorship of the Michener Center for Writers in July 2017. Johnston has directed the creative writing program at Harvard University for the past 12 years. A native Texan, his fiction titles include the story collection Corpus Christi and the novel Remember Me Like This.
2012 alum Fiona McFarlane won the £30,000 Dylan Thomas Prize for her story collection THE HIGH PLACES.
First-year MCW fellow Leah Hampton won the $50,000 2017 Keene Prize in Literature from the University’s College of Liberal Arts for her short fiction. Runners-up include second-year poet Samantha Karas, for a play script she submitted, and second-year fiction writer Lara Prescott, for her novel excerpt.
2015 graduate Karan Mahajan was included in Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists 2017. Mahajan’s The Association of Small Bombs won wide critical acclaim this past year, including being a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of The American Academy of Arts & Letters Rosenthal Family Foundation Award.
May 2017 Michener Center MFA graduates Darri Farr and Jacob Albert were awarded Stegner Fellowships in fiction from Stanford University for 2017-2019.