Heather Aruffo (MFA ’19) was awarded a 2019 Fulbright Scholarship to Mongolia, where she will teach university-level English and assist the US embassy in Ulaanbaator with outreach and community projects. Her grant period begins in August 2019 and will run until June 2020.
Jill Osier (MFA ’00) received the prestigious Yale Younger Poets Prize for 2019. Osier is the author of the chapbooks Bedful of Nebraskas and Should Our Undoing Come Down Upon Us White. She has also received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and has served as the George Bennett Fellow at Philips Exeter Academy. Osier’s collection The Solace Is Not the Lullaby will be published by Yale University Press in 2020.
Second-year MFA student David Aubuchon received a 2019 AWP Intro Journals honorable mention for his story “Finding Lula.” The Intro Journals Project is a literary award series open to MFA students from the 550+ AWP member institutions. David’s story was one of eight winners and honorable mentions selected in the fiction category for 2019.
Professor Len Kamerling‘s most recent film, Changa Revisited, received a Best International Film Award at the ASTRA International Documentary Film Festival in Sibiu, Romania (October 2016). The film has also appeared at the Nordic Anthropological Film Festival in Bergen, Norway (September 2016); the Jean Rouch International Film Festival in Paris (November 2016); the Royal Anthropological Film Festival in Bristol, UK (March 2017); and the EthnograFilm Festival in Paris (April 2017).
Professor Gerri Brightwell‘s short story “Williamsville” was selected for publication in The Best American Mystery Stories 2017 edited by John Sandford and Otto Penzler. It originally appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review spring & summer 2016.
Associate Professor Daryl Farmer received a 2016 Alaska Literary Award.