Student and Alumni Accomplishments

Publications, readings, etc. by MFA Creative Writing students, alumni and professors. 

Achieving a Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Texas Pan American continues to provide me with a wide scope of personal and professional satisfactions. I graduated in May 2016 after completing all the requirements for my bilingual thesis, If This Heart Had a Mouth: A Forbidden Romance Narrated Through Mimesis: Poetry. Click here to read more. 

Julieta Corpus Vielma

Julitea Corpus Vielma in photo.

2017 Issue of Gallery

Gallery contributors in art and creative writing won awards.   They were recognized for their works by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, receiving Golden Circle Awards for their published pieces.
Mayanin Rosa, a double major in English and psychology senior, was awarded a Certificate of Merit for her free-form poem, “Not Your Babe,” and studio art sophomore Pamela Torres took second place for her Portfolio of Illustration/Art. Here is the full write up.


2016 Issue
Texas Intercollegiate Press Association awards.
Gallery magazine won first place in Literary Magazine Overall Excellence.
Angela Ruiz captured first place in Illustration; Juan Davila, second place in Photo Essay; Mayanin Rosa, honorable mention in Poem; and Sergio De Leon, honorable mention in Short Story. Here is the write up.


Former MFA student Rodney Gomez won a prize and publication of his poetry book from Sundress Publications. Read here to continue.


Former MFA student Shoney Flores’ novel Parts is being published by Texas Review Press and is available to be ordered. Click here to Continue


Student Julietta Corpus’ poem "Wintered" was accepted by Dos Gatos Press for publication in their 2016 Texas Calendar. She read her poetry at The Twig Bookshop in San Antonio on Saturday October 24. Her poem, "The Gathering" appeared in La Bloga online.


Student Cano Costilla,'s poem, "It Had Been Six Days," won first place in the graduate poetry category in the student writing contest run by TACWT, The Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers, September 2015.


Alumnus Caleb Camacho delivered an academic paper at CCTE (Conference of College Teachers of English) in March of 2016.


Professor Chris Carmona was chosen as the inaugural Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas Writer-in-Residence for 2015 and published his new collection of short stories The Road to Llorona Park with the Stephen F. Austin University Press in July 2016.


Alumnus Isaac Chavarria's poetry book Poxo (Slough Press) won the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Scholars Tejas Foco Poetry Award.


Student Cesar De Leon had his poem "Calling Home" selected for The Border Crossed Us (an anthology to end apartheid), to be published by VAGABOND and one of his poems appeared in one of his poems in Pilgrimage Magazine.


Student Diana Elizondo had one of her poems accepted to the Yellow Chair Review's horror issue.


Alumnus Jennielee Garza took a new position with UTSA as the Senior Communications Coordinator at their Institute for Economic Development.


Alumnus Rodney Gomez was the Featured Poet in Houston on December 5, 2015 as part of the Public Poetry Library Reading Series. He is the author of Mouth Filled with Night (Northwestern University Press in 2014) which won the Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize. His second chapbook, Spine (Newfound 2015) won the inaugural Gloria Anzaldúa Poetry Prize. His poem "The Clowns" appeared in Fairy Tale Review. His third chapbook A Short Tablature of Loss was selected in another national contest, the Rane Arroyo Chapbook Series selected by Eduardo Corral and Ron Mohring.


Professor Britt Haraway’s story "Papa, Too," was selected by Stuart Dybek for The Best Small Fictions 2016 publication. The story was nominated by the editors of Great Weather for Media, where it was originally published.


Alumnus Katie Hoerth’s review of Octavio Quintanilla's book, ‘If I Go Missing’, will be published in an upcoming issue of Pleiades, and she had a poem included in Texas Review Press' The Southern Poetry Anthology series. The Mas Tequila Review published two pieces of hers. The Langdon Review of Arts in Texas ran several of her poems. One of her sapphic sonnets was published in the winter issue of Concho River Review. She did a book presentation and signing at the Edinburg library on 9/3/15. The Dos Gatos Press published her villanelle, "Kitty Leeroy Proposes Marriage," in an anthology, Poetry of the American Southwest. She won the Helen C. Smith Memorial Award from the Texas Institute for Letters for best poetry collection: Goddess Wears Cowboy Boots (Lamar University Press 2014). Her poetry collection, The Lost Chronicles of Slue Foot Sue, has been accepted for publication with Lamar University Literary Press for publication in 2017.


Mario Jorge’s short story is in the Spring/Summer Issue of The Texas Review.


Student Charles MacGregor had two of his poems published in Volume II of an anthology from White Stage Publishing. Five of his poems were included in Poetry from Texas College Students, 2016


Alumnus Robert Moriera has won the annual fiction prize of the National Association of Chicana and Chicana Scholars Tejas Foco for his book Scores. He earned his Ph.D. at UTSA in May 2016.


Student Amalia Ortiz had her new book Rant. Chant. Chisme published by Wings Press. The book made the top ten list of Great Latino Books of 2015 and received the Writers' League of Texas Discovery Prize. She was also awarded a Margaret L. Draper Scholarship. at UTRGV.


Alumnus Veronica Sandoval, a.k.a. Lady Mariposa is a graduate student working on her PhD in American Studies at Washington State University and her first official collection of work was released in 2016 through FlowerSong Books.


Professor Steven Schneider's new book Mariachi Magic was published by Wings Press and his poem, "Chanukah Lights Tonight" was featured as the poem of the day by the Poetry Foundation of America.


Student Silvia Vera had two poems printed in Hispanic Culture Review


Professor Phil Zwerling’s new book The Theatre of Lee Blessing: A Critical Study of 44 Plays was published by McFarland and Co. in May 2016.