MFA Program Director Scott Blackwood's novel, We Agreed To Meet Just Here, was just named a finalist for the prestigious PEN USA Literary Award for fiction. PEN Center USA’s annual awards program, established in 1982, is a unique, regional competition that recognizes literary excellence in ten categories. Past award winners include Barbara Kingsolver, Maxine Hong Kingston, T.C. Boyle and Paul Thomas Anderson.
Blackwood's novel was also awarded the AWP Prize for the Novel, and the Texas Institute of Letters Award for Best Work of Fiction.