McAuliffe chosen as Dana Fellow

Shena McAuliffe has accepted the Robert P. Dana Emerging Writer Fellowship with Cornell College’s Center for the Literary Arts.


Shena McAuliffe
Shena McAuliffe

McAuliffe will be the second Dana Fellow. She earned a B.A. in English literature from Colorado State University, an M.F.A in creative writing: fiction from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from the University of Utah. She was also a graduate writing fellow at the University of Utah Graduate Writing Center.

McAuliffe will teach courses, serve as an advisor for Open Field, Cornell’s literary journal, and assist in the planning and direction of Cornell’s visiting writers series. The position is designed so that McAuliffe will also have an opportunity to pursue her own creative writing projects. The one-year fellowship has an option for reappointment for a second year.

The Center for the Literary Arts is housed in the Van Etten-Lacey House in Mount Vernon. The center hosts readings throughout the year, both by students and by visiting writers. It has also hosted writing workshops, all-night write-ins, and seminars by professional writers.

The fellowship is named in honor of Robert Dana, the former poet laureate of Iowa and Cornell College English and creative writing professor who died in February 2010.