Recent graduates of Drew’s MFA program are getting noticed for their work:

guerrero“In her first full-length collection, these dazzling, edgy, irascible poems lean into their sweet natural bristling air, stitching and stretching image to image. This is the singing blue glory of language at its best.”
—Nikky Finney, author of Head Off & Split, winner of The National Book Award

Laurie Ann Guerrero G’11 won the Andres Montoya Poetry Prize. Her book, A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying, was published by Notre Dame Press in 2013.


hand“The poems are unsentimental, blood-red, and positively true, note for note, like the singing of Nina Simone herself. Hand has written a moving, deeply satisfying, and unforgettable book.”
—Elizabeth Alexander (delivered her poem “Praise Song for the Day” at the 2013 inauguration of President Barack Obama)

me and nina  by Monica Hand G’11, a “ForeWord Reviews‘ 2012 Book of the Year Award Finalist”, was published by Alice James Books.


al-jubouri“These poems are both essential and eternal.”
—Nick Flynn, winner of PEN International award for Another Bullshit Night in Suck City.

Amal al-Jubouri’s Hagar Before the Occupation/Hagar After the Occupation (Alice James Books, 2011), translated by Rebecca Gayle Howell G’10 (with Husam Qaisi) was named one of the best books of 2011 by the Library Journal.


RenderFrontCover“This is the book you want with you in the cellar when the tornado is upstairs taking your house and your farm. It’s the book you want in the bomb shelter, and in the stalled car, in the kitchen waiting for the kids to come home, in the library when the library books are burned. Its instructions are clear and urgent. Rebecca Gayle Howell has pressed her face to the face of the actual animal world. She remembers everything we have forgotten.”
—Marie Howe, NY State Poet Laureate (2012-2014)

Rebecca Gayle Howell G’11 received the 2012 Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book prize for Render/An Apocalypse.