UH Student Christine Ha Cooks Her Way to FOX TV's 'MasterChef" Title

University of Houston professors and students are accustomed to Christine Ha’s creativity in the classroom. For the past few months, they had the opportunity to witness her imagination and resourcefulness in the kitchen. Read more

Mat Johnson to receive Longwood's Dos Passos Prize

Mat Johnson will be awarded the 2011 John Dos Passos Prize for Literature at Longwood University on Thursday, Sept. 22. Read more

Tiphanie Yanique Selected by the National Book Foundation as one of the "Top 5 Under 35" Fiction Writers

UH Creative Writing Program alumna Tiphanie Yanique was named one of the National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35, for her book How to Escape from a Leper Colony, published by Graywolf in 2010. The award will be given to Yanique during the organization's event, on Nov. 15. For more information, visit

Glenn Shaheen wins Agnes Lynn Starrett Prize

UH alum, Glenn Shaheen, has won the Agnes Lynn Starrett Prize for his manuscript, which will now be published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Glenn and U of Pitt press are currently negotiating the title of the book. Congratulations to Glenn.

Bob Phillips wins prize at 2010 Independent Publishers Book Awards

Bob Phillips, Professor Emeritus won a Bronze Medal in Poetry for Now and Then: New and Selected Poems at the Independent Publishers Book Awards, 2010. He also has a new book of fiction, Icehouse Sketches, to be published by Texas Review Press in 2011.

Alexander Parsons awarded

Alexander Parsons awarded the 2009-2010 UH Teaching Excellence Award, one of the highest awards bestowed by the University of Houston.

David MacLean reads on This American Life

David MacLean read one of his essays on the radio show This American Life. It is scheduled to air the weekend of January 22nd. For more information, please go to

Eric Ekstrand wins Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship

Eric Ekstrand has won a 2009 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship awarded by the Poetry Foundation. Established in 1989 by the Indianapolis philanthropist Ruth Lilly, the fellowships are intended to encourage the further study and writing of poetry. The fellowship winners will be announced in the October 2009 Issue of Poetry Magazine. Eric is a third-year MFA candidate in Poetry at the University of Houston. He would like to thank his friends, teachers, students and colleagues at the University for all of their insight and encouragement over the past two years.

Samuel Amadon wins the Iowa Poetry Prize

Samuel Amadon won the Iowa Poetry Prize for his manuscript LIKE A SEA. Sam is a Ph.D. candidate in poetry who entered the program in 2008.

Janine Joseph talks about poetry on local radio segment

Graduate student and Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship winner Janine Joseph reads from her poem and discusses what inspires her during KUHF's UH Moment. See the original news article "UH Poet Earns Soros Fellowship," published on May 5 on