Alumni Works

The Expectations of Light by Pattiann Rogers '81

The Expectations of Light. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1981.

An interest in nature and science links many of the poems in the collections published by Pattiann Rogers. The poet has taught at a number of colleges and universities.

Rogers inscribed this copy of her first book of poems "To Cynthia [Macdonald], my friend and mentor..."

Edisto: A Novel by Padgett Powell '82

Edisto: A Novel. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1984.

Powell's first novel, Edisto, was a finalist for the National Book Award. He has published five other novels and three collections of short stories. Powell has taught at the University of Florida since 1984.

The Lord's Motel by Gail Donohue Storey '82

The Lord's Motel. New York: Persea Books, 1992.

This copy of the book was signed by the author.

Drowned Moon by Glenn Blake '84

Drowned Moon. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001.

Glenn Blake has published three collections of short stories set in Southeast Texas. He teaches at Johns Hopkins University.

More Night Travels to Tibet by Marilyn Stablein '84

More Night Travels to Tibet. Woodstock, NY: Shivastan Publishing, 2011.

Marilyn Stablein has published books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and creates her own artists' books. This limited edition of prose poems was printed on handmade Nepalese lokta paper in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Mad Flights: Poems by Robert Lunday '85

Mad Flights: Poems. Ashland, OH: Ashland Poetry Press, Ashland University, 2002.

In addition to being the author of the poetry collection Mad Flights, Robert Lunday is a professor of English at Houston Community College Southeast.

A Sunday in God-years: Poems by Michelle Boisseau '85

A Sunday in God-years: Poems. Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas Press, 2009.

Poet Michelle Boisseau has published five collections of her work and co-authored the textbook Writing Poetry. She teaches at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Crazy Heart by Thomas Cobb '86

Crazy Heart. New York: Harper & Row, 1987.

Crazy Heart, Thomas Cobb's novel about a down and out country singer, was made into a 2009 movie starring Jeff Bridges. Cobb directed the creative writing program at Rhode Island College from 1987 to 2005.

Spells: New & Selected Poems by Annie Finch '86

Spells: New & Selected Poems. Middletown, CT: Weslayan University Press, [2013].

The poet known as Ani has published six books and a CD of her work. She served as director of the Stonecoast MFA program in creative writing for ten years. She currently teaches, writes, and performs.

Truck Dance by Olive Hershey '86

Truck Dance. New York: Harper & Row, 1989.

In Hershey's novel, heroine Wilma Hemshoff leaves her failing marriage to become a truck driver. This copy is inscribed to poetry faculty member Cynthia Macdonald.

In Sunlight, in a Beautiful Garden by Kathleen Cambor '87

In Sunlight, in a Beautiful Garden. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001.

Kathleen Cambor received the 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship for In Sunlight, in a Beautiful Garden, a novel based on the 1990 Johnstown, Pennsylvania flood. She directed the UH creative writing program from 1997 to 2000.

Domestic Life: A Novel in Parts by Paula Webb '88

Domestic Life: A Novel in Parts. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992.

Webb's novel was set in Houston.