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Chatham University

MFA Alumni

Carolyne Whelan

Carolyne Whelan

Class of 2009

Carolyne was a finalist for Chatham University’s Best Thesis award in 2009. She was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Sacramento Poetry Center Prize for a Single Poem, a partial scholarship to the Vermont Studio Center, and recently attended A Room Of Her Own Foundation's 2011 Retreat. Her first chapbook, The Glossary of Tania Aebi, was recently published by Finishing Line Press. Her second chapbook, Chain Down the Moon, and her full-length manuscript, Roadside Fires Burning, have both been finalists in national chapbook and first book publishing competitions, respectively. She also recently finished editing a historical fiction novel, which will be published this fall. She is a writing instructor at the Community College of Allegheny County.