Molly Larson (MFA, Creative Writing) In December was named winner of the inaugural Kowit Poetry Prize awarded by the San Diego Entertainment and Arts Guild in honor of the late poet, Steve Kowit.  The Prize includes a $1,000 award, a public reading in April and publication.  Molly is a resident of San Diego.

Hannah Baggott (MFA, Poetry) is starting a position as Lecturer of Composition at University of North Carolina/Pembroke.

Breanna Balleby (BA, English) is in Laval, France as an English-language teaching assistant through the Teaching Assistant Program in France. Check out her blog at:

Jeff Calkins (MA, Rhetoric and Writing) Instructor at Tacoma Community College has received tenure.

Geffrey Davis (BA, English) Assistant Professor in creative writing at the University of Arkansas, was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright award in poetry.

Thomas Deiter (MA, Rhetoric and Writing) has accepted a position as Acting Director for the CUNY Start writing program at LaGuardia Community College in New York.

Michael Faris (MA, Rhetoric and Writing) Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University, has been elected to the Executive Committee of College Composition and Communication.

André Habet (MA, Rhetoric and Writing) will pursue a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition at Syracuse University in the fall.

Kayla Harr (BA, English) Kayla Harr passed her Ph.D. qualifying examination, achieving candidate status in the doctoral program in English literature at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Asao Inoue (MA Rhetoric and Writing) was elected Assistant Chair of the College Composition and Communication College Section.

Scott Latta (MFA, Fiction) won the 2015 WAGS Distinguished Thesis award.

John Larison’s (MFA, Fiction) literary western Whisky When We’re Dry is forthcoming from Viking/Penguin. Larison is an instructor at Oregon State.

Travis Margoni (MA, Rhetoric and Writing) has accepted a writing instructor position at Yakima Valley Community College.

John S. Knox (BA, English) PhD in Theology & Religion, is an online instructor of Apologetics and Seminary Studies at Liberty University’s School of Divinity, and the Scholar-In-Residence at The Biblical Studies Center in Boise, Idaho. He has taught Bible, history, and religion for over a decade at several Christian universities in the Pacific Northwest and the East Coast. He lives in Idaho with his wife, Brenda, and their two sons, Jacob and Joseph. He is the author of Sacro-Egoism: The Rise of Religious Individualism in the West (Wipf & Stock, Summer 2016) and The Letter of Alon (CrossLink, 2013), as well as numerous encyclopedia entries and articles on church history, Biblical studies, and theology.

Eva Payne (MA, Rhetoric and Writing) Professor of English at Chemeketa Community Colllege, has been elected chair of the Two-Year College English Association.

Laura Steinert (MA) self-published Don’t Buy a Goat: (or Geese, or Guineas or Ducks) Notes from the Meadow, a practical guide for beginning homesteaders, available on Amazon.

Dennis Sweeney (MFA, Fiction) is in Malta assisting with english instruction on a Fulbright Fellowship.

Jordan Terriere (MA, Rhetoric and Writing) accepted a teaching position at Alsea High School, which has a long history of statewide leadership in English.

Crystal VanKooten (MA, Rhetoric and Writing) was awarded the Hugh Burns Dissertation Award at the Computers and Writing Conference. Crystal earned the PhD in English/English Education at the University of Michigan and is an assistant professor at Oakland University in Michigan.

Agustin Vega-Peters (BA, English) is a student focusing on public interest law at the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Kate Virden (BA, English) has begun a graduate program at Georgetown University in Public Relations and Corporate Communications.

Ronda Wery (MAIS) was named Dean of Instruction at Klamath Community College.