Alumni

Book Publications

  • Stacy Austin Egan
    You Could Stop It Here, [Pank] Books (2018)
  • Allen Braden
    A Wreath of Down and Drops of Blood; VQR Poetry Series, University of Georgia Press (2009)
  • Collier Brown
    Eye, Thus Far, Unplucked, Stephen F. Austin State University Press (2017)
  • Morri Creech
    Paper Cathedrals, Kent State University Press (2001)
    Field Knowledge, Waywiser Press (2006)
    The Sleep of Reason, Waywiser Press (2013), finalist for the Pulitzer Prize
    Blue Rooms, Waywiser Press (2018)
  • Sarah Creech
     Season of the Dragonflies, William Morrow (2014)
    The Whole Way Home, William Morrow (2017)
  • Neil Connelly
    St. Michael’s Scales, Arthur A. Levine (2002) 
    Buddy Cooper Finds a Way, Simon and Schuster (2004)
    The Miracle Stealer, Arthur A. Levine (2007)
    The Midlife Crisis of Commander Invincible, LSU Press (2013)
    The Pocket Guide to Divorce: A Self-Help Work of Fiction, Gorsky Press (2014)

    In the Wake of Our Vows, Fomite Press (2016)
  • Darren Dillman
    The Preacher, David C. Cook (2009) 
  • Amy Fleury
    Beautiful Trouble, Southern Illinois University (2004) 
    Sympathetic Magic, Southern Illinois University (2013)
  • Lisa Graley
    Box of Blue Horses, Gival Press (2013)
    The Current That Carries, University of Georgia Press (2016), winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Ficiton
  • Michael Horner
    Damage Control, Fomite Press (2018)
  • Adam Johnson
    Emporium, Viking (2002) 

    Parasites Like Us,  Viking (2003)
    The Orphan Master’s Son, Random House (2012), winner of the Pulitzer Prize
    Fortune Smiles, Random House (2015), winner of the National Book Award
  • Michael Kelsay
    Too Close to Call, University of Misissippi (2001) 
  • Christopher Lowe
    Those Like Us, SFASU Press (2011)
    You’re the Tower, Yellow Flag Press (2016)
  • Lee Matalone
    Home Making, Harper Perennial (2020)
  • Kevin Meaux
    The Myths of Electricity, Texas Review Press (2005)
  • Eric Nguyen
    A History of Lost Things, Alfred A. Knopf (forthcoming)
  • Rachel Rinehart
    The Church in the Plains, Anhinga Press (2018), winner of the 2016 Philip Levine Prize for Poetry
  • Michael Shewmaker
    Penumbra, Ohio University Press (2018)
  • Genaro Ky Ly Smith
    The Land Baron’s Sun, UL Press (2014)
    The Land South of the Clouds, UL Press (2016)
  • John Warner
    My First Presidentiary, Political Satire, Three Rivers Press (2001)
    Fondling Your Muse, Writers Digest Press (2005)
    So You Want to Be President? Tow Books (2008)
  • Daniel Westover
    The Prosodies of R.S. Thomas, University of Wales (2010)  

Poetry Publications

Our poetry alumni have published widely in journals, magazines, and anthologies including Best New Poets, Asheville Poetry Review, The American Scholar, The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, New Republic, Virginia Quarterly Review, Bellingham Review, Threepenny Review, North American Review, Shenandoah, Witness, Georgia Review, Sewanee Review, Crazyhorse, Missouri Review, Tar River Poetry, Yale Review, Mid-American Review, The McSweeney’s Book of Poets Picking Poets, McSweeney’s, Southern Indiana Review, New Orleans Review, Spoon River Poetry, Crab Orchard Review, and elsewhere. 

Recent Accomplishments

  • Brendan Egan (MFA/MA 2011) was a finalist for the 2019 Jeffrey E. Smith Editor’s Prize from The Missouri Review. 
  • Lee Matalone’s (MFA/MA 2018) novel Home Making (Harper Perennial, 2020) was listed as one of the most anticipated February releases by The Millions.
  • Nayelly Barrios (MFA/MA 2014) was a recipient (as part of her organization Angry Tias and Abuelas of the Rio Grande Valley) of the 2019 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.
  • Sarah Heying’s (MFA/MA 2014) essay “Googling Literary Lesbians: On Carson McCullers and the Erotics of Incompletion” was published at LitHub.

Story Publications

Our fiction alumni have published widely in anthologies, journals, and magazines including Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, Best of the Net, Glimmer Train, Esquire, GQ, Harper’s Magazine, The Southern Review, Quarterly West, Shenandoah, Yemassee, The Pinch, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Missouri Review, Gulf Coast, The Chattahoochee Review, The Greensboro Review, Third Coast, The Southeast Review, and elsewhere.

Graduate Placements

Our alumni have continued their studies in Ph.D. programs at Florida State University, Ohio University, Texas Tech University, the University of Kansas, Harvard University, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the University of Houston, the University of Mississippi, and elsewhere. Several recent alumni have received the prestigious and competitive Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University.

Additionally, alumni of the McNeese State MFA program hold teaching positions at universities across the country, including Stanford University, Queens University of Charlotte, Sam Houston State University, Loyola University Maryland, the University of Texas – Arlington, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and elsewhere.

Honors and Awards

Our alumni have received awards and honors including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the Whiting Award, the Ruth Lilly Fellowship, National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship, Zora Neal Hurston/Richard Wright Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, Louisiana Division of Arts Award, Artist Trust Fellowship, Grolier Poetry Prize, The Anthony Hect Poetry Prize, Rosenberg Poetry Prize, Witness Magazine Emerging Writers Prize, and others.