MFA Creative Writing Faculty Alumni and Faculty Land on New York Times, NPR Best Book Lists

2017 was a big year for alumni and faculty authors from the MFA Creative Writing program. Of the 37 books published by those authors this year, 10 of them landed on several Best Books of 2017 lists.

Among the most listed was faculty member Katie Mitamura, whose book, A Separation was named to The New York Times “100 Notable Books of 2017,” NPR‘s  “Best Books of 2017,” Huffington Post‘s “The Best Fiction Books of 2017,” and The Brooklyn Rail‘s “Best Books of 2017.” Sarah Gerard was among the most listed alum: her book, Sunshine State, made it to both the NPR and Brooklyn Rail lists, as well as The New York Times “Times Critics’ Top Books of 2017.

Check out the full list:

The New York Times “100 Notable Books of 2017”

Katie Kitamura, MFA faculty, A Separation

The New York Times “Times Critics’ Top Books of 2017”

Sarah Gerard, MFA ’12, Sunshine State

NPR “Best Books of 2017”

Sarah Gerard, MFA ’12, Sunshine State

Katie Kitamura, MFA faculty,  A Separation

Renee Watson, BA ’09, Piecing Me Together

Jenny Zhang, BA faculty, Sour Heart

Kirkus Reviews “Best Indie Books of 2017”

Yorker Keith, MFA ’09, The Other La Bohème

Huffington Post “The Best Fiction Books of 2017”

Katie Kitamura, MFA faculty, A Separation

The Brooklyn Rail “Best Books of 2017”

Ahmad Al-Ashqar, MFA ’17, Advances in Embroidery

Patricia Carlin, BA faculty, Second Nature

Sarah Gerard, MFA ’12, Sunshine State

Katie Kitamura, MFA faculty, A Separation

Jenny Zhang, BA faculty, Sour Heart

Seventeen Magazine “27 Best Young Adult Books of 2017”

Jenny Han, MFA ’05, Always and Forever, Laura Jean