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MK Foster

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MK Foster wins the 2013 Gulf Coast prize for Poetry for her poem:

"Fugue for the Sky Burial of Your Father"

Read it at: https://gulfcoastmag.org/journal/26.1/fugue-for-the-sky-burial-of-your-father/

Sena Jeter Naslund, Class of 1964 Sena Jeter Naslund

Harper Lee Award Winner

A recipient of the Harper Lee Award, Naslund is writer-in-residence at the University of Louisville and program director of the Spalding University brief-residency MFA in Writing. She was a former Kentucky poet laureate. Her many works include:

Ahab's Wife (1999)
Four Spirits: A Novel (2003)
Adam & Eve (2010)



Howell Raines, Class of 1964Howell Raines

Pulitzer Prize Winner
Fmr. Executive Editor New York Times

Howell Raines is the author of My Soul Is Rested, an oral history of the civil rights movement, and is former executive editor of The New York Times. His works include:

My Soul is Rested (1977-reprinted in 1983)
Whiskey Man (1977)
Fly Fishing Through the Midlife Crisis (1993)
The One That Got Away (2006)


Rebecca Gilman, Class of 1987

Rebecca Gilman

Finalist, 2001 Pulitzer Prize
Harper Lee Award Winner

Rebecca Gilman's plays include Spinning Into Butter, Boy Gets Girl, The Crowd You're In With, Dollhouse, A True History of the Johnstown Flood, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Blue Surge, and The Glory of Living. Ms. Gilman was named a finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for her play, The Glory of Living. The film adaptation of Spinning Into Butter was released in 2009, starring Sarah Jessica Parker.


Gin Phillips, Class of 1997

Gin Phillips

Barnes and Noble Discover Award Winner

Gin Phillips is the author of three books. Her first novel, The Well and the Mine, won the 2009 Barnes & Noble Discover Award. The Well and the Mine has now been published in eight different countries. Gin's second novel, Come in and Cover Me, was released in 2012, and her children's book, The Hidden Summer, was released in 2013. 


Morgan Murphy

Morgan Murphy

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient 2013

Morgan Murphy of Birmingham, a 1994 BSC cum laude English graduate and best-selling author, food critic, and decorated naval officer. His most recent book Off the Eaten Path: Second Helpings (Time Inc., 2013) climbed to No. 4 on Amazon. Murphy holds an MBA from the University of Oxford.


Carolyn Hembree, Class of 1995

Carolyn Hembree

Carolyn's debut collection, Skinny,was published by Kore Press in 2012. Individual poems have appeared in Colorado Review, Gulf Coast, jubilat, Puerto del Sol, and Verse Daily, among other journals and anthologies. Her poetry has received a PEN Writers Grant, a Southern Arts Federation Grant, and a Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship Award in Literature. Her manuscript Rigging a Chevy into a Time Machine & Other Ways to Escape a Plague was a 2012 finalist for the Tupelo Press and Switchback Books competitions.


Finley Bullard Evans, Class of 1995

Finley Bullard Evans

Finley is the author of a memoir, Two of Em In There: A Southern Writer's Journey to and Through the First Year of Twin Motherhood, published in 2011, and a volume of poetry, Third Girl, released from Plan B Press in 2010. She has been published in several literary magazines since she graduated from 'Southern, and one poetry anthology, entitled Sad Little Breathings and Other Acts of Ventriloquism (2001), edited by Heather McHugh. Her poetry most recently appears in Louisville Review and The New Renaissance.


Anna Froula, Class of 199

Anna Froula

Anna Froula is the coeditor of two books (Reframing 9/11: Film, Popular Culture and the "War on Terror," Continuum, 2010 and It's a Mad World: The Cinema of Terry Gilliam, Wallflower/Columbia University Press, 2013) and the author of several book chapters and journal articles about war culture, gender, trauma, and zombies. Her forthcoming publications include an article about The Daily Show alum Rob Riggle's satire and chapters on representations of women soldiers in popular culture in World War II and the "War on Terror."