So many CUNY faculty members, students, and alumni have received special recognition for their writing. We’re working to archive these accomplishments here. Please see what we’ve recorded so far!

Professor Marjorie Welish Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Brooklyn College Madelon Leventhal Rand Distinguished Lecturer in Literature Marjorie Welish, "has won a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship in the creative arts category. The prestigious award is bestowed upon mid-career professionals on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise." >>

J Journal Earns National Recognition with 2013 Pushcart Prize for Fiction

"J Journal: New Writing on Justice, the literary journal of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, has won a 2013 Pushcart Prize for Fiction for 'The Fall of Punicea' by Paul Stapleton, a short story published in the journal's Spring 2011 issue. With this recognition, in addition to the two Special Mentions in the 2011 Pushcart Anthology, the well-regarded journal joins the ranks of the best literary journals in the United States." >>

Distinguished Professor Elizabeth Nunez Nominated for NAACP Image Award

Boundaries, the most recent novel by Hunter College Distinguished Professor of English Elizabeth Nunez, has been nominated for a NAACP Image Award in the "Outstanding Literary Work: Fiction" category. >>

Distinguished Professor Tom Sleigh Receives Berlin Prize Fellowship

Tom Sleigh, a Distinguished Professor of English at Hunter College, has been named a Fall 2011 Berlin Prize fellow. Since 1998, the honor has enabled "outstanding American scholars, writers, and artists" to "pursue independent studies and engage with German counterparts as well as the larger academic, cultural, and political life of Berlin." >>

Distinguished Lecturer Colum McCann Wins International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

"Hunter College Distinguished Lecturer Colum McCann has won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his latest novel, Let the Great World Spin. McCann’s novel was selected from 10 shortlisted titles by a panel of judges, who described his book as 'a genuinely 21st century novel that speaks to its time but is not enslaved by it.' The prize of over $140,000 is one of the world’s most lucrative literary prizes.">>

Distinguished Professor Tom Sleigh, Professor Colum McCann, Win Awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters <pdf>

Distinguished Professor Tom Sleigh has been named the recipient of the inaugural John Updike Award, "given biennially to a writer in mid-career who has demonstrated consistent excellence." Also honored is Distinguished Lecturer Colum McCann, who has received an Arts and Letters Award in Literature honoring "exceptional accomplishment." Both Sleigh and McCann teach at Hunter College.>> <pdf>

Distinguished Professor Meena Alexander Receives Fulbright Specialists Award

"Meena Alexander, Distinguished Professor of English at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center, has been selected for a Fulbright Specialists project in Italy at the University of Venice Ca' Foscori during March 2011, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.">>

Distinguished Professor Elizabeth Nunez Wins Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award

"Poets & Writers has announced that Maria Mazziotti Gillan, John Grisham, and Elizabeth Nunez are the recipients of the 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award.... 'Each of the winners of this year’s Writers for Writers Award is devoted to nurturing a specific community of writers. In so doing, they have each enlarged our national literature and enriched the lives of readers everywhere,' said Elliot Figman, executive director of Poets & Writers, Inc." >>

Two Creative Writing M.F.A. Alumnae Garner Prestigious Prize

"Was the [Brooklyn College] M.F.A. program instrumental in helping [Marie-Helene] Bertino and [Elliott] Holt meet their goals as writers?">>

Two CUNY Faculty Writers Win 2010 Guggenheim Fellowships

"Professor Kimiko Hahn, a Distinguished Professor of English at Queens College, [and] Professor Colum McCann, a Distinguished Lecturer in the Hunter College MFA Program...have won Guggenheim Fellowships for 2010.">>

BMCC Faculty Poets Honored in National Contest

"Marguerite Rivas and James Tolan, professors in the BMCC English department, were among 30 poets, nationwide, selected by the Two-Year College Association of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) to have their poems showcased online in audio and video format, in honor of National Poetry Month.">>

Novel by Distinguished Professor Elizabeth Nunez Chosen for One Book. One Community Reading Project

The National Library and Information System Authority (NALIS) of Trinidad and Tobago has chosen Prospero's Daughter, by CUNY Distinguished Professor at Hunter College Elizabeth Nunez, for the Fifth Annual One Book, One Community reading project.>>

Acclaimed Author and Medgar Evers College Professor Tonya Hegamin Wins Award for Excellence in Children's Literature

"Acclaimed children's book author and Medgar Evers College Professor Tonya Hegamin is the winner of the 2010 Ezra Jack Keats Award for Excellence in Children's Literature, for her picture book Most Loved in All the World.">>

Australia Post Names Peter Carey "Australian Legend of the Written Word"

"The Australia Post Australian Legends Award is presented each year as part of Australia Day celebrations to honor individuals who have made a lifetime contribution to the development of our national identity and character....Since 1990 Carey has lived in New York, where he has taught creative writing at New York University, Princeton, Columbia, Barnard College and now Hunter College, where he is director of the MFA in creative writing.">>

Jeffery Renard Allen Wins 2010 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

"The Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary designed to inspire and recognize African-American writers of excellence as they work to achieve the literary heights for which Ernest J. Gaines is known. Allen was selected for Holding Pattern, a recent story collection....[Allen] currently teaches creative writing at Queens College of City University of New York...." >>

Meena Alexander Receives Distinguished Achievement Award

CUNY Distinguished Professor Meena Alexander (Hunter College and the Graduate Center) "has received the 2009 Distinguished Achievement Award for her contributions to American literature from the South Asian Literary Association (SALA), an organization allied with MLA." >>

Hunter College Distinguished Lecturer Colum McCann Wins National Book Award for Fiction

"In accepting the award, the Irish-born Mr. McCann, now a teacher of creative writing at Hunter College, said, "As fiction writers and people who believe in the word, we have to enter the anonymous corners of human experience to make that little corner right." >>

Emily Raboteau, Associate Professor of English at City College, Wins 2009 Bechtel Prize

"Teachers & Writers Collaborative has awarded the 2009 Bechtel Prize to Emily Raboteau for 'Jazz Poetry,' her essay about using the poetry of jazz music as an entry point and inspiration for her college students' reading and writing of poetry." >>

Brooklyn College's Helen Phillips Wins $25,000 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award

"Helen Phillips received her B.A. from Yale University in 2004 and her M.F.A. from Brooklyn College...where she is an adjunct lecturer and administrator in the creative writing program." >>

Hunter Professor Michael Thomas Wins $140,000 Literary Prize

"Hunter English Professor and novelist Michael Thomas has been awarded the Dublin Literary Award for his debut novel, Man Gone Down. The prize is among the literary world's most lucrative, with a cash award of $140,000. Thomas, who is also a Hunter alumnus, beat out a pool of finalists that included Junot Diaz' Pulitzer Prize-winning The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao." >>

Translator Esther Allen Wins Cullman Center Fellowship

"Esther Allen, an assistant professor in the Department of Modern Languages & Comparative Literature at Baruch College, has been awarded a 2009-2010 Fellowship at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library (NYPL)." >>

Amy Hempel Wins 2008 Rea Award for the Short Story

"Noted author Amy Hempel, a recipient of the Hobson Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship who replaced Michael Cunningham as coordinator of the M.F.A. Program in Fiction at Brooklyn College this fall, has been awarded yet another literary honor." >>

Hasanthika Sirisena Wins Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award

"Ms. Sirisena lives in Jackson Heights, New York, and is an adjunct lecturer at City College of New York, where she received her M.F.A. in 2006....She intends to use her Writer's Award to live in Sri Lanka for a year to conduct essential research and finish both her novel and short story collection. >>

Kimiko Hahn Wins Pen/Voelcker Award for Poetry

From the judges' citation: “With wild courage Kimiko Hahn’s poems voyage fearlessly into explorations of love, sexuality, motherhood, violence, and grief and the way gender inscribes us.” >>

Hunter MFA Professor Meena Alexander Wins Guggenheim Fellowship

Distinguished Professor of English Meena Alexander, an award-winning poet and novelist who teaches in the MFA program at Hunter, has been named a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow.>>

Tom Sleigh Wins $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Award

"Claremont Graduate University administers two major prizes for poetry each year, The Kingsley Tufts Award ($100,000) and The Kate Tufts Discovery Award ($10,000.) CGU’s Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award is one of the largest monetary prizes in the nation for a single work of a mid-career poet…" >>

Roger Sedarat Wins Ohio University Press' Hollis Summers Open Book Competition

"In his provocative, brave, and sometimes brutal first book of poems (Dear Regime: Letters to the Islamic Republic), Roger Sedarat directly addresses the possibility of political change in a nation that some in America consider part of “the axis of evil.…" >>

Gregory Pardlo Wins 2007 American Poetry Review/Honickman Prize

Bridgett M. Davis honored by the New York Association of Black Journalists

Distinguished Professors

CUNY recognizes a select group among its talented faculty for especially outstanding scholarly and creative accomplishments as "Distinguished Professors." Currently, CUNY's Distinguished Professors include the following faculty writers: