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Creative Writing: Some Kirkland Authors

Kirkland alumnae—many of whom either took creative writing workshops or concentrated in creative writing—have published more than 80 books. These include novels, poetry, essays, nonfiction, textbooks, and other creative or scholarly works.

Listen to Jo Pitkin reading  at the 2007 “Kirkland Voices” event:

Or, view the entire video.

Nin Andrews, MFA in Poetry, Vermont College; The Book of Orgasms (CSU Press), Sleeping with Houdini (BOA Editions), Midlife Crisis with Dick and Jane (Web Del Sol Press);

Ashton Applewhite, Cutting Loose: Why Women Who End Their Marriages Do So Well (HarperCollins, 1997)

Sue Bickford, A Short Time to Die (Kensington, 2017)

Nina Bogin, The Winter Orchards (Anvil Press), In the North (Graywolf Press)

Nancy Avery Dafoe, MAT, SUNY Cortland; Parnassus, Verbicide Magazine, Pierian Spring

Rachel Dickinson, Falconer on the Edge: A Man, His Birds, and the Vanishing Landscape of the American West (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt);

Frances K. Dunwell, The Hudson: America’s River (Columbia University Press)

Susan Hartman, MFA, Columbia University; Dumb Show (University of Central Florida Contemporary Poetry) El Abogado (VACH Press)

Amy Hatkoff, The Inner Life of Farm Animals (Stewart, Tabori & Chang);

Eva Heisler, 1993 winner of The Nation/”Discovery” Award; Poetry Northwest, Crazyhorse, Chelsea, Ironwood, Rhino, Quarterly West

Alice Hildebrand, M.Div, Bangor Theological Seminary; Puckerbrush Review, Killick Stones, An Anthology of Maine Writing

Elisabeth Horwitt, Chomp, Boston Globe Magazine, American Way

Lynn Kanter, On Lill Street (Third Side Press), The Mayor of Heaven (Third Side Press)

Gwynn O’Gara, Snake Woman Poems (Beatitude Press), Pillow: Exploring the Heart of Eros (Celestial Arts Publishing)

Jo Pitkin, MFA, University of Iowa; The Measure (Finishing Line Press), Bill Pickett: Rodeo King (Houghton Mifflin), Stargazers: Astronomy in Ancient Times (Macmillan/McGraw Hill)

Maggie Stern, Acorn Magic (Greenwillow Books), The Missing Sunflowers (Greenwillow Books), George (Orchard Press Books);

Billie Jean Stratton, Sulphur River Literary Review, Comstock Review

Maria Stadtmueller, MFA in Nonfiction Writing, University of Iowa; Utne Reader, The Seattle Times, The Iowa Review

Jane Summer, The Silk Road: A Novel (Alyson)

Elaine F. Weiss, MA in Journalism, Northwestern University, Fruits of Victory: The Woman’s Land Army of America in the Great War (Potomac Books) and (in 2018) The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote;

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Jo Pitkin K’78

6 Comments leave one →
  1. rachelbirds permalink
    February 5, 2010 7:33 pm

    Um. I wrote a book as well — FALCONER ON THE EDGE: A Man, His Birds, and the Vanishing Landscape of the American West (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009).

  2. February 5, 2010 7:50 pm

    Good to know, Rachel! Send a link, if you can. I think we may find this topic will need a section of its own!

  3. rachelbirds permalink
    February 5, 2010 7:54 pm

    Here you go:

    Rachel Dickinson k’78

  4. Jo Pitkin permalink*
    February 5, 2010 10:14 pm

    Rachel, I wrote the creative writing pages and know I left out alumnae and their books. You can imagine how time consuming it was for me just to locate all these books–mostly novels and poetry–and other publications! The neat thing about this site is that we can make changes and update information. So thanks for the reminder.


    • rachelbirds permalink
      February 5, 2010 11:33 pm

      Hey, Jo,

      I figured that’s how this page would grow. You have all done such a wonderful job. Thanks for spreading the Kirkland word.


      Rachel Dickinson


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