Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Two Alumni Win Gold in the Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Awards

Almuni Anthony D'Aries and Lexa Hillyer have won the gold prize for memoir and poetry in the Foreward Magazine Book of the Year Awards. 

Anthony D'Aries memoir The Language of Men received the PEN/New England Discovery Prize in nonfiction, Honorable Mention for the New England Book Award, and was featured in the Boston Globe, the Huffington Post, and Newsday. In praising the book Tom Perotta said, "The Language of Men isn't just a beautifully written memoir about a Vietnam vet father and the complicated legacy he leaves to his son; it's also a disturbing, brutally honest, darkly funny meditation on masculinity, violence, and sexuality. Anthony D'Aries is a writer to watch." 

Lexa's winning poetry collection is titled Acquainted with the Cold. Lexa was the recipient of the Inaugural Poetry Prize from Tusculum Review, the First Prize in Poetry from Brick & Mortar Review, and was named one of the Best New Poets of 2012 by Matthew Dickman. Author Nicole Cooley said,  "The skyline has gone away, Lexa Hillyer writes. These are its bones. The poems in Hillyer's debut collection Acquainted With the Cold explore a gorgeous and vanishing world, a world made of ice and rain and breath in the dark. With luminous language and an authoritative voice, these poems reveal that Lexa Hillyer is a new young poet to watch."  

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