Creative Writing Grads Win National Literary Awards
Two recent graduates of the department of English's creative writing program have won national literary awards. Olufunke Ogundimu, MFA '18, has won a Pushcart Prize for her story "The Armed Letter Writers," which was originally published in "The New Orleans Review." Ernie Wang, MFA '16, won a P.E.N. new and emerging writer's award for his story "Stay Brave, My Hercules," which was originally published in "McSweeney's."
"Two of our recent graduates have won nationally significant awards in the same year, which is really extraordinary in the literary world," said Douglas Unger, professor and creative writing coordinator. "To put this in context, there are four major 'best' award anthologies each year: the O. Henry; the Best American short stories; the Pushcart; and the P.E.N. prize, and UNLV graduates will be in two of these."