Creative Writing at Alabama School of Fine Arts
The ASFA Creative Writing department offers Alabama's best young writers an extended course of study in the literary arts that is nearly unparalleled in its rigor and scope at the scholastic level. Through continuous reading, writing, revision, and peer critiques, ASFA writers discover and develop their individual artistic voices, producing poems, stories, scripts, and essays of exceptionally high literary merit. Students are led by an inspiring and award-winning faculty of teaching writers who are nationally recognized for their work in the classroom and on the page.
ASFA-CW students have received numerous awards in regional and national writing competitions, including the Alabama Writers' Forum's Literary Arts Awards, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts' youngARTS program, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts program.
That said, our students do more than simply produce noteworthy work during their time here. Our ultimate goal is to help ASFA-CW students develop a sustainable writing practice that can last a lifetime. ASFA-CW alumni have also published their work widely and served in editorial roles at The New Yorker, Cosmopolitan, Oxford American, Tin House, Gulf Stream, and Washington Square. They have also received a range of notable writing-related honors, including a Rona Jaffe Award, an individual artist's fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Kundiman fellowship, a Tennessee Williams fellowship to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and inclusion in the Best American Poetry and Best New Poets anthologies.
Notable Creative Writing Alumni:
- Ashley M. Jones: Rona Jaffe Award winner, ASFA-CW faculty member, founding director of the Magic City Poetry Festival, and author of the poetry collections, Magic City Gospel (2017), dark // thing (2018), and REPARATIONS NOW! (forthcoming in 2021).
- Emma Bolden: NEA Literature Fellowship recipient and author of three poetry collections, most recently House Is an Enigma (2018)
- Hannah Aizenman: Poetry Coordinator at The New Yorker
- E.E. Wade: Playwright in Residence at Gnome House Theatre Company in New York City
- Ramsey Archibald: Staff writer for Reckon and al.com
- April Adams, MD/Ph.D: Fellow and instructor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
- Chris Lawson: Artist, writer, filmmaker, National Gallery of Art, Saddlecreek records music videos/album art
- Daphne Powell: Director of Donor Relations at Birmingham-Southern College