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Minor: Creative Writing

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Creative Writing at Xavier University


Mr. Mark Whitaker, Director (Fiction)
Dr. Biljana D. Obradovic (Poetry, Translation; Faculty Advisor, New Voices - Xavier's undergraduate creative journal)
Mr. James Shade (Playwriting, Screenwriting)
Ms. Katheryn Laborde (Creative Nonfiction, Faculty Advisor, NV advisor 2006-15)

Required Courses for the Creative Writing Minor

The 2014-16 catalogue is available online; scroll down to p. 130 for the Creative Writing minor. A complete list of courses can be found on pages 270-1.

Reading Series

Director: Dr. Biljana D. Obradovic

Xavier University's Literary Reading Series has included...

          Amiri BarakaJerry McGuire
          Darrel BourqueReginald McKnight
          Erna BrodberPatrice Melnick
          Jericho BrownEthelbert Miller
          Paula Closen BuckLenard Duane Moore
          Maxine CassinLupenga Mphande
          Christopher ChambersKay Murphy
         Richard CollinsNiyi Osundare
          Philip DaceyMichele Pichon
         Joel DaileyDomnica Radulescu
         Toi DerricotteHilda Raz
         Gregory DonovanR. Flowers Rivera
          Nikky FinneyMona Lisa Saloy
          Michael HarperMarcia Southwick
         Terrance HayesHenry Taylor
         Charles FortGloria Wade-Gayles
          John GeryPatricia A. Ward
          Major JacksonBruce Weigl
         Allison JosephXiaobin Yang
          Agymah Kwadwo Kamau
          Leo Luke Marcelloand many others!

In addition, writers from the Calalloo Creative Writing Outreach to HBCUs group visited the campus, leading workshops that were attended by 20 students.

Xavier Student Awards for Creative Writing Our program offers several awards each semester which are monetary, but students who enter these contests may be published in our student magazine, New Voices.

The Truman Capote Literary Trust Awards

The Truman Capote Literary Trust has been the program's major benefactor for over a decade, providing two annual scholarships, used to be $13,000 (but is much less now) to continuing Xavier students. Scholarship winners are chosen on the merit of manuscripts, by a judge who is a professional creative writer and who has no affiliation with Xavier University. Past judges have included Toi Derricote, Percival Everette, John Gery, Mona Lisa Saloy, Lorenzo Thomas and Kay Murphy. The Trust also supports the graduate writing programs at The University of Iowa, Stanford University, The University of Alabama, and Rutgers University.

Two National Association of University Women Creative Writing Awards

All manuscripts are forwarded to New Voices for consideration for inclusion in next year's issue of New Voices.

We are proud that several of our Creative Writing graduates went on to M.F.A. and Ph.D. programs:
  • Troy Baham went to Texas to pursue his MFA in Creative Writing Poetry.
  • Kristina Robinson completed her MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry at the University of New Orleans.
  • Miranda Bradford went to Hollands for an MFA.
  • Danielle Littlefield went to Sarah Lawrence for an MFA.
  • Jonathan Moody went to the University of Pittsburgh for an MFA(poetry).
  • Jamila Smith recevied an MFA in Children's and Adolescent Literature at Chatham University, and is now doing a Ph.D.

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