MFA Student Named Finalist in Hurston/Wright Award

MFA fiction student Chidi Asoluka, a Newark native, has been chosen as one of two Finalists in the 2008 Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers. His novel excerpt, "Exchange," was chosen from a nationally representative pool of applications; Chidi will be awarded a cash prize of $500.00, to be awarded in Washington DC at the annual Hurston Wright Awards Ceremony on July 25, 2008. Chidi will also attend the Hurston Wright Writers Week Wofkshop at American University. Chidi's current workshop Professor, Tayari Jones, won this award as a graduate student. The Hurston Wright Award welcomes Chidi Asoluka to "the Hurston Wright family and support designed to nurture [him] as a Black writer and artist."