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2024

Five NEOMFA alumni were among the recipients of this year’s $5,000 Ohio Arts Council (OAC) Individual Excellence Awards: Michael CredicoCarrie GeorgeIsaiah HuntLogan Cutler Smith, and Meghan Louise Wagner. Find more info at OAC.gov.

Mansa L. Bey served as lead facilitator of Veterans’ Voices, presented by Literary Cleveland.

Tyisha Blade became the founding editor-in-chief of The East Clevelander magazine.

Lindsay Collier worked on the Akron Zoo’s “Wildlife Illuminated” event, in which two of her poems were used as prompts for visitors to create their own pieces.

Noor Hindi is editing a Palestinian poetry anthology with George Abraham that is scheduled for release with Haymarket Books in 2025.

Eric Mansfield has had eight productions of his plays in the last two years, from Akron’s Rubber City Theatre to Salem State University in Massachusetts. He also has been honored with a second-place Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

Anastasios Mihalopoulos's  poem “Odysseus’ Apology to Anticlea” was published in Issue 37 of LIT; his poem “On Nostalgia” was published in July by Pithead Chapel, and his poem “Mosaic with Water” was published in June by Cider Press Review.

Cait Young’s poem “Broken Sonnet After a Girl Tells Me to Write More Poems About Tomatoes” was selected as one of the 2024 AWP Intro Journals Project poetry winners, and will be published by Puerto del Sol. Other recent publications include “Exodus” in new words {press} and “Heirloom” in West Trade Review.

2023

Christopher R. Alonso’s “Nectarivores” was published in Guernica in September 2023. He also was a 2023 Periplus Fellow. 

Jon Conley’s chapbook House Hunters International: Sonnets was published in June by Seven Kitchens Press.

Matthew Dettmer had two prose poems published: “Floaters” in the Fall issue of Red Noise Collective and “Windows” in the October issue of Palisades Review.

Samantha Imperi’s poems “To my daughter, on sexual education” and “To my son, on consent” were published in June by Great Lakes Review.

Alexandra Salata had a short story entitled “PathQuest” published in July in Timber Journal.

Sony Ton-Aime was appointed as Executive Director of Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures, after publishing the chapbook LaWomann with Ironworks Press.

2022

Sam Allard launched the Cleveland Newsletter with Axios after ten years with Scene magazine.

Christopher R. Alonso was awarded a Tin House First Book Summer Residency.

Samantha Imperi’s poem “To my daughter, on shaving” was published in August by Lighthouse Weekly, and her poem “To my child, on God” was published in October by The Dewdrop.

Amanda Stovicek D’Alessandro and Matthew Meduri received 2022 Individual Excellence Awards from the Ohio Arts Council.

2021

Jon Conley’s short story “So Far Freddy” was published in the Winter issue of The Hunger.

Carrie George’s poem “Self Portrait with what I’ve found on the forest floor” was published in the Spring issue of The Indianapolis Review.

Noor Hindi was a Reveal Investigative Fellow at The Center for Investigative Reporting and a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow with the Poetry Foundation.

Edward Jackson’s short story “He Will be Home for the Holiday” was published in the 2021 issue of Salmon Creek Journal.

Couri Johnson won the Wild Women Story Contest with her short story, “The Girl Who Visited the Alligator Queen.”

Joseph Lewis’ short story “The Last Golden Hour” was published in Novel Noctule.

DT McCrea’s poem “Created Myth” was published in March in Hobart After Dark.

William R. Soldan’s short story collection Houses Burning and Other Ruins was released in May by Shotgun Honey Press.

2020

Ali Black’s essay “Too Close to Home” was published in March by The Rumpus.

Sarah Dravec’s poem “The Bird in the Ambulance” was published in the July issue of Radar Poetry.

Noor Hindi’s poem “Fuck Your Lecture on Craft, My People Are Dying” was published in the December issue of Poetry.

DT McCrea’s poem “a tired king constructs a shopping mall that is filled with existence” was published in the November issue of Gordon Square Review.

Kacie Prologo’s short story “It Aint Charity Puts Food on the Table” was published in the March issue of Scribble.

Meghan Louise Wagner’s short story “Lucky Piggy” was published in the December issue of Shirley.

2019

Dominic Dulin’s poem “Richard Wright’s Haiku and the Blindman as a Subject” was published in Issue 42.2 of Frogpond Haiku.

Noor Hindi’s essay “American Beings” was published in October by the Adroit Journal.

Caroline Knecht’s short story “Karina” was published in December on hobartpulp.com.

Joelle Lambert’s short story “What We Do To Ants” was published in the Fall issue of You Impossible Voice.