Alumni Honored

Posted on Aug 28, 2014


Alumna and former Holden Scholar Victoria Chang (poetry, ’05) has been awarded the 2014 PEN Center USA Award in Poetry for her third collection, The Boss (McSweeney’s, 2013).  She and the award winners in nine other categories will each receive $1000 and will be honored at the 24th Annual Literary Awards Festival at the Beverly Hills Wilshire on November 11, 2014.  The Boss was also awarded a silver medal in the California Book Awards earlier this year.

More information about the awards and PEN Center USA can be found on their website:


Brian Blanchfield (poetry, 1999) has been awarded the James Laughlin Award by the Academy of American Poets for his book A Several World  (Nightboat Books, 2014).  The award recognizes a superior second book of poetry by an American poet. Laughlin Award judge C. S. Giscombe wrote about Blanchfield’s winning book:  “…A Several World unsettles the world—all and several alike—by reading its associations and memberships and public languages with an unnerving exactingness.”

Blanchfield is the second Warren Wilson MFA graduate to receive this honor. Catherine Barnett (poetry, ’02) won the Laughlin Award in 2012 for THE GAME OF BOXES (Graywolf, 2012).

Past faculty members who have won the award include Lisel Mueller (1975, The Private Life), Larry Levis (1976, The Afterlife) and Tony Hoagland (1997, Donkey Gospel).