We can barely keep up with the accomplishments of Under the Volcano’s faculty and alumni. Our KUDOS page expresses our excitement and pride as they continue to produce cutting-edge work, receive top literary prizes and bring their writing to audiences around the world through publication, public appearances, teaching and mentoring.

Ginger Thompson

(2018 UTV investigative journalism faculty) does it again! She's now added the 2019 John Chancellor Award for lifetime achievement to the George Polk and Peabody awards she and her ProPublica colleagues received earlier this year for her reporting from the border....

Ayşegül Savaş

(2019 & 2020 UTV Reading Fellow) has published stories and essays in the Paris Review and Guernica in the lead-up to the release of her debut novel, Walking on the Ceiling (Riverhead.)

Gabriela Damián Miravete

(2019 Página Dorada Fellow & 2020 UTV Reading Fellow) is the winner of the Tiptree Award for her story “They Will Dream in the Garden," translated into English, which appeared in the Latin American Speculative Fiction dossier curated by @albertochimal for...

Francisco Cantú

(2019 & 2020 UTV Reading Fellow in Literary Non-Fiction) was awarded the 2019 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Current Interest for When the Line Becomes a River.

David Barstow

David Barstow (UTV 2019 & 2020 journalism faculty) and his team at the NY Times won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for their 14,000-word examination of the US President's personal finances. Pulitzer #4 for David, a record for a...

Red Samaniego

(2019 UTV Sandra Cisneros Fellow in Fiction), has been named a Junior Fellow in Fiction at Washington University in St. Louis, granting her a post-MFA year to finish the novel we'll be eagerly waiting to read. 

CMarie Fuhrman

(2019 Grace Paley Fellow) just received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Idaho in Boise.

Ana Portnoy Brimmer

(UTV 2017 and 2018 Sandra Cisneros Fellow), finishing her first year in the MFA program at Rutgers University with a full scholarship, won the Vinyl 45 Chapbook Contest of Yes Yes Books. Ra-ra!

Kristina Bicher

(UTV 2018 & 2019, poetry) has been on a publication roll, most recently with translations of ten poems by Swedish poet Marie Lundquist....

Sylvia Aguilar Zeleny

author most recently of Basura, was invited to the FILBO (major literary festival in Bogotá) to give a talk on “la construcción de personajes.”

Devi Laskar

(UTV 2013, 2014 & 2017) is continuing to tour the US with her debut novel, The Atlas of Reds and Blues (Counterpoint), which was just published in India. 

Reyna Grande

(UTV 2017 & 2018), author of The Distance Between Us and its sequel, A Dream Called Home, has given readings across the US, where her books have been adopted as Big Reads in dozens of communities.

Tim MacGhabann

(UTV 2017 and UTV 2020 Reading Fellow) is already collecting high advance praise from the likes of Francisco Goldman for his debut novel, Call Him Mine, due out in July from Nicholoson and Weidenfeld.

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