Outstanding graduates

Each year, the department recognizes outstanding graduates for the 2012-2013 academic year. The award winners as as follows:


Outstanding graduate student, Tyler Dunn

Tyler Dunn Tyler won several academic awards as an NMU undergraduate before graduating summa cum laude in 2010, with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in history. While pursuing her graduate studies, she worked as a teaching assistant for the English Department, offering a range of composition courses and receiving stellar student evaluations. She has offered her time and expertise to the department in numerous others ways, as a judge for the Barnard and Houston writing awards, for example. While a student, Tyler was also able to rise from cashier to bookkeeper to grocery manager at one of Marquette’s largest supermarkets. And finally, Tyler reports that she has mastered the fine art of knitting socks.


Outstanding graduate student, Cameron Witchbeck

Cameron received his bachelor’s degree in English writing from NMU in 2010. While he was an undergrad, he worked as the news editor for The North Wind and was a member of the Moosemen Rugby Football Club. During his MFA candidacy, he has “worked with some amazing colleagues and professors,” he says. He is an associate poetry editor of NMU’s nationally-acclaimed Passages North literary magazine and the co-president of the Graduate Writer’s Association. His creative work has been published, or forthcoming, in the North American Review, Witness, Rosebud, PANK, Cream City Review and elsewhere. One of the most gifted poets to come through our program, he writes poetry with compelling imagery and flawless economy. His work is much influenced by his years living in the Upper Peninsula.


Outstanding graduating senior, Reannon Dykehouse

Reannon is a student editor for Passages North and has served as an editorial intern with local businesses and institutions. She also had the opportunity to briefly study abroad in Thailand. Reannon is a skilled fiction writer, winning both the Houston Award (2010) and the VandeZande Fiction Prize (2011), with an honorable ­mention for the VandeZande in 2012. She has also had a short story published in Catfish Creek. She hopes to continue her ­education as an MFA candidate in a creative writing program, ­having applied to a number of top universities, including the University of Michigan and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop.