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Creative Writing program in the news

Posted by bgsuenglish on December 2, 2009

Wendell Mayo, Director of the Creative Writing program, passes along several pieces of good news:

Mark Berman, an alumnus of both the BA English and MFA Creative Writing programs (MFA 1976), has received a letter from the President’s Office informing him that he has been named one of the 100 most prominent BGSU alumni, as part of BGSU’s Centennial. Besides being a talented poet, Mark has gone on to distinguish himself in the fields of law and finance. Mark will be on campus on April 2010 to be recognized.

Mark Berman is founder and CEO of CompliGlobe Ltd, a firm that advises and conducts training programs for hedge funds, investment managers, issuers, regulators and multi-national banks and brokers in Europe and Asia on SEC practice outside the United States. Mark is author of An Introduction to Hedge Funds (Risk Books, 2007), A Practitioner’s Guide to SEC Regulation Outside the United States (City and Financial Publishing, 1998) and has edited and contributed to SEC Regulation Outside the United States (6th ed. Risk Books, 2007) and Hedge Funds & Prime Brokers (2nd ed. Risk Books, 2010). Mark graduated from Bowling Green University with his B.A. in English and M.F.A. in Creative Writing (1976). He is also a member of the British Softball Foundation Hall of Fame.

It is interesting to note that a few years back, February 2004 issue, the Harvard Business Review listed “The MFA is the new MBA” as one of its breakthrough ideas for the year.

In other news, the following writers and works submitted have been nominated for the 2010 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Intro Awards:


Courtney Jade Ramsey, “The Rain Taps the Concrete Like Piano Keys”
Rachael Sample, two poems, “Remember” and “Temperance”


Anne Valente, “Minivan”


Courtney Ramsey, “Things Not Seen”

Let’s keep our digits crossed for them–winners will be contacted in the spring of 2010. Each will receive an award letter, publication in a participating journal, and a $100 cash honorarium. Winning works will appear in the fall or winter issues of Hayden’s Ferry Review, Mid-American Review, Colorado Review, Puerto del Sol, Controlled Burn, Quarterly West, Tampa Review, and Artful Dodge.


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