In 2013, she was appointed to two-year fellowship as a “Mullin Scholar” in the Generations in Dialogue project at USC’s Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies in Los Angeles. Her poems have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, The Iowa Review, Kenyon Review Online, Mid-American Review, and elsewhere.
She’s the recipient of a Peter Taylor Fellowship from the Kenyon Review Writer’s Workshop and an Alaska Literary Award from The Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation.
Her debut collection of stories, Flashes of War, won Indie Fab book of the year from Foreword Reviews and a Gold Medal in Literary Fiction from the Military Writers Society of America.
Her flash fiction has won more than half a dozen contests, several prizes, and received two nominations for the Pushcart Prize.
The program also houses the Cheuse Center for International Writers, named after the late Alan Cheuse, a longtime faculty member and acclaimed writer.
The center sends MFA students abroad to research and study, and also brings international writers to the campus to study and collaborate with students.
Therefore, the program has developed several ways to engage in literary citizenship and publishing practice.
It hosts Fall for the Book, an annual festival that over twenty years has become one of the country’s premier literary events, and New Leaves, a weeklong series of literary events each spring.
The program’s Visiting Writers Series brings twelve writers to campus every year (six each semester) for intense classroom experiences capped at ten students, readings that are open to the public and that offer networking opportunities for MFA students.
Since Cassill's death in 2002, he has been the sole editor of that anthology, bringing out the 7th and 8th editions.