March 24, 2016
For more than 20 years, Susquehanna University's Writers Institute has given young authors a place to develop their craft. Today, alumni continue to see great success after graduation.
Scott Rodd '13
Rodd recently saw one of his articles published on the front page of The Washington Post. He is currently a fellow with Atlantic Media Strategies, a prestigious program providing a 360-degree view of the modern media industry. In 2015 he was among the inaugural class of nonfiction writing residents of the Carey Institute for Global Good, a program designed for journalists working on long-form projects.
"Susquehanna taught me to think critically and independently-skills necessary for seizing the more exciting possibilities after graduation," Rodd said. "Without these skills, I wouldn't have found the confidence to walk into the New York Observer's Manhattan offices unannounced, which resulted in my first freelance writing assignment."
Since graduating from Susquehanna, Rodd's work has appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Observer, Salon, Think Progress, and the Source, among other publications.
Tara Laskowski '00
Laskowski is the author of Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons (Matter Press 2012) and the forthcoming Bystanders (Santa Fe Writers Project 2016). Her fiction has been published in the Norton anthology Flash Fiction International, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Mid-American Review and numerous other journals, magazines and anthologies.
"I can't say enough about Dr. Gary Fincke. He knows how to find the strengths in every writer and he continues to be a mentor and a friend," Laskowski said. "That's so important for undergrads because you're at a point where you haven't had much success and you're not sure if what you're doing is what you should be doing, so having someone who cares about what you're doing is huge."
Laskowski was awarded the Kathy Fish Fellowship from SmokeLong Quarterly in 2009, and won the grand prize in the 2010 Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards Series. Since then, she has been editor of SmokeLong Quarterly, a website that publishes flash fiction. She and her husband, also a writer, write the column Long Story Short for the Washington Independent Review of Books.
Laskowski earned her MFA in creative writing from George Mason University.
Jennifer Perrine '00
Perrine recently won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize, her third major national award since graduating from Susquehanna.
Perrine won the award for her poetry collection No Confession, No Mass. She is also the author of In the Human Zoo (University of Utah Press 2011), the recipient of the 2010 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize; and The Body is No Machine (New Issues 2007), winner of the 2008 Devil's Kitchen Reading Award in poetry.
Perrine earned her master's degree in English from Bucknell University and went on to earn her Ph.D. in English and creative writing from Florida State University. She is an associate professor of English and the director of Women's and Gender Studies at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa.