A 1996 MFA graduate - Adam Johnson - won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his novel, "The Orphan Master's Son."
Michael Shewmaker, a 2010 alumnus, received a prestigious 2013 Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry from Stanford University.
And now, for the second consecutive year, Poets & Writers magazine has listed McNeese's MFA program among the nation's Top 25 MFA programs in its 2014 MFA Index. McNeese's program - up to No. 22 in the nation - is ranked better than major programs at Columbia University, Florida State University, Notre Dame, Oregon State University, Purdue University, University of Arkansas and Virginia Tech.
Since it was established in 1981, the MFA program at McNeese has produced successful writers and poets who continue to publish widely and teach at colleges and universities around the nation as well as receive prestigious awards and fellowships, according to MFA director Amy Fleury, another McNeese MFA graduate and herself an award-winning poet.
"Our students and alumni are extremely gifted and hard-working and their accomplishments are legion. We are fortunate in our program to have attracted such talented writers and to make a community in Lake Charles where everyone challenges and supports one another's writing endeavors. We are always looking forward to the next poem, story and novel from these folks. The work is even more important than the accolades-it's what endures and makes what we do worthwhile," said Fleury.
For more information about the MFA program visit the website at http://mfa.mcneese.edu. To read more about how the statistics on rankings were compiled read "2014 MFA Index: Further Reading" on the Poets & Writers website, http://www.pw.org/magazine.