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February

WLRN's Under the Sun features "Loyalty Oath," an essay by our Spring 2011 & Spring 2012 Writer in Residence Madeleine Blais about what Florida required of her before she returned here to teach years after she'd left and why Miami is "not so easy to ditch."

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Luis Alberto Urrea, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, is the best-selling author of 14 books, most recently Queen of America. The sequel to The Hummingbird's Daughter, The Queen of America continues the spellbinding saga of his distant relation, Teresita Urrea, also known as the Saint of Cabora.

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March

Isabel Allende received the Lawrence Sanders Award, given by the Creative Writing Program, on the evening of March 5th. After the award presentation, a standing room only audience enjoyed listening to a warm, witty, and moving conversation between Allende and Professor Debra Dean.

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April

John Dufresne Named a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow

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FIU Student Literary Award Winners Announced

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Professor Les Standiford, Director of the Creative Writing Program, has been honored with the 2012 FIU Faculty Torch Award, which was given to him at the Torch Award Gala on March 3rd. The awards are given to distinguished alumni and to one faculty member, each year.

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Friday, April 13, at 8 pm, Campbell McGrath will be reading from his new book of poetry, In the Kingdom of the Sea Monkeys (Ecco Press/HarperCollins), at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL.

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August

The MFA Program Welcomes Julie Marie Wade

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September

The 2012 FIU Writer's Conference Approaches

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Alumni Reading at Books & Books

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Debra Dean's The Mirrored World Published

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October

Boat Girl, Melanie Neal's Memoir, Sets Sail

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Dennis Lehane's 10th Novel Published

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November

Spot the FIU MFA Program at the Miami Book Fair This Weekend

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So Spoke the Earth, Edited by M.J. Fievre, Debuts

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Dan Wakefield Has Edited Kurt Vonnegut: The Letters

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Jesse Millner's Dispatches from the Department of Supernatural Explanation

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