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Going to UNLV

As some of you know, I applied to grad school (MFA creative writing) late last year and early this year. I ended up getting into UNLV and the University of Washington. Washington has an outstanding program, but UNLV, which also has a strong program, made the most sense financially, logistically and, in some cases, personally. So, it looks like I’ll start taking graduate classes and teaching undergrad courses at UNLV in late August.

I have mixed feelings about staying in Vegas another few years, but I’m certainly excited about this opportunity and challenge. I’ll keep you all updated, of course.

Silver Pen Award

I was recently told I won a Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. Established in 1996, the award recognizes mid-career writers who’ve “already shown substantial achievement.” (I’m flattered!)
The Silver Pen will be awarded Nov. 17 on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno. Congrats to Hall of Fame inductee Waddie Mitchell, a nationally known cowboy poet (how Nevada is that?), and fellow Silver Pen awardee David Mullins, a short story writer who grew up in Vegas.
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