Her literary career began in earnest at SU.
The literary career of Joyce Carol Oates ’60, H’00 began in earnest while she was still a student at SU. A story she submitted to Mademoiselle magazine, “In the Old World,” won a fiction award and was published in the magazine’s August 1959 issue. In the years that followed, Oates has written books tht cover an astonishing range of content and genre, and regularly appear on The New York Times’ list of the 100 Notable Books of the Year. She’s won numerous writing awards for her work, including the National Book Award, the Fisk Fiction Prize, the Bram Stoker Award, and four O. Henry awards.
During its more than 50-year history, Syracuse University’s Creative Writing Program has produced an outstanding array of writers whose work has been published by major presses and magazines and won prestigious awards. Distinguished alumni include Tom Perrotta G’88, Jay McInerney G’86, the late poet Larry Levis ’70, and Claire Messud (who attended SU from 1989-90). Renowned professors include Mary Karr, George Saunders G’88, Dana Spiotta, and Bruce Smith. Former faculty members include Junot Díaz, Mary Gaitskill, Tess Gallagher, Douglas Unger, and Tobias Wolff, as well as the late Philip Booth, Hayden Carruth, Raymond Carver, Donald Justice, Delmore Schwartz (mentor of singer/songwriter Lou Reed ’64), and W.D. Snodgrass.