MANCHESTER, N.H., Sept. 3, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Critically acclaimed novelist Angela Flournoy will join the faculty of Southern New Hampshire University's low-residency MFA in Fiction and Nonfiction program.
Flournoy is the author of the critically-acclaimed novel "The Turner House" which is a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, a Summer 2015 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, a May 2015 Indie Next pick and a New York Times Sunday Book Review Editors' Choice. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New York Times, The New Republic and The Los Angeles Times.
A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Flournoy has taught writing at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University.
"We are very excited to welcome Angela to our program. Her work always surprises me," said fellow novelist and short story writer Benjamin Nugent, director of Southern New Hampshire's MFA program. "As soon as I read her story "Lelah," which is an excerpt from "The Turner House," I knew she had what I look for in fiction faculty: beautiful prose and that nearly unteachable ability to put a real human being on the page."
Flournoy will join a faculty that includes acclaimed novelists Jami Attenberg and Wiley Cash, award- winning short story writer and novelist Chinelo Okparanta, and environmental journalist Craig Childs. The program is capped at 65 students so that students develop close and sustaining relationships with faculty during intensive weeklong residencies in June and January. During the rest of the year students work with faculty one-on-one, receiving thorough, regular editorial feedback.
"We're a young program, nine years old," said Nugent, "but we've already seen major presses publish novels and memoirs by our alumni. Take Pratima Cranse's novel 'All the Major Constellations,' which will come out on Viking in November, and has received starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly and Kirkus."
With the addition of Flournoy and other distinguished faculty, the program is well positioned to nurture new literary talent.