Two of Murray State University’s M.F.A. faculty members are featured in the November/December edition of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Elena Passarello and Blas Falconer each have new books that were highlighted on “Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin.” Only 12 writers were included from across the country, and two of them teach at Murray State.

Passarello is the author of Let Me Clear My Throat, a collection of nonfiction essays on some unforgettable moments in the history of the human voice, published this year by Sarabande Books.

Falconer is the author of The Foundling Wheel, a story that explores the decision to become a parent, centered on the adoption of his son and published in 2012 by Four Way Books.

“The low-residency M.F.A. program at Murray State is now in its eighth year, poised to move out of the university’s regional zone in terms of recruitment,” said M.F.A. director Ann Neelon. “The significant recognition awarded Elena Passarello and Blas Falconer will positively impact the program’s ability to break into the national arena.”

The goal of the M.F.A. program at Murray is to facilitate the creative and professional growth of writers. The university’s M.F.A. program is considered low-residency because it offers advanced instruction to creative writers while enabling them to live and work elsewhere.

Poets & Writers is one of the largest nonprofit literary organizations in the United States serving poets, fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers. Founded in 1970, the mission of the group is to foster the professional development of poets and writers. The organization produces a bi-monthly publication, Poets & Writers Magazine.

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