Chatham News

Student and faculty member in Chatham’s Low-Residency MFA program receive book award nominations

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
February 24, 2010

(February 24, 2010) … A student and faculty member in Chatham University’s Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing program recently were nominated for two national book awards, according to Peter Oresick, program director.

Adjunct faculty member Kathleen George was one of only six authors nominated for The Edgar Awards’ Best Mystery Novel of 2009 presented by the Mystery Writers of America. Her novel “The Odds” is set on Pittsburgh’s North Side and was published last June. Entertainment Weekly noted that “If anyone’s writing better police thrillers than George, I don’t know who it is.” Ms. George lives in Pittsburgh and is a native of Johnstown, Pa. and her website is

Student Christopher Barzak, a native of Youngstown, Ohio and faculty member at Youngstown State University, is a member of Chatham’s first cohort of Low-Res MFA students and will earn his degree in May 2010. His book “The Love We Share Without Knowing” (Bantam) was one of six nominees in the Novel category for the 2009 Nebula Awards presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. His website is

“We’re very proud of Kathleen and Chris, and grateful for the contributions they have made to the program,” Mr. Oresick said. “Our faculty, staff and students wish them the best of luck and we’re looking forward to both award ceremonies.”

Chatham University’s Low-Residency MFA program is a 39-credit program that can be completed in two years with two summer residencies of 10 days each. The program is very similar to Chatham’s highly acclaimed residency program and maintains the same innovative focus on nature, environment and travel writing. In lieu of writing workshops each term, students take mentorships with a publishing writer. Also, low-residency students must complete two residencies of ten days each in their first and second summers on Chatham’s Shadyside Campus in Pittsburgh.

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