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Alumni Spotlight

Did you know there are 26,000 AHSS alumni? Find out what your former classmates are up to. Contact us if you'd like to nominate yourself or a fellow Pioneer to be profiled in our alumni spotlight.

by Greg Glasgow

reaWhen Amanda Rea came to the University of Denver as a freshman, it was only the second time she had ever seen a city.

“I came to Denver once, when I was 14, for the state spelling bee,” she says. “My English teacher brought me, and that was the first time I ever saw a city. I remember seeing the skyline, and I couldn’t breathe because I was so excited.”

Rea grew up in Marvel, CO, a tiny town in the southwest corner of the state. She came to DU to pursue her love of creative writing, and she graduated in 2000 with a BA in English. She has since earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of California Irvine, and her stories have appeared in Kenyon Review , the Missouri Review and the Sun, among others. A memoir piece, “A Dead Man in Nashville,” won a Pushcart Prize in 2011.

In September, Rea was one of six female authors to win a prestigious Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, which comes with a $30,000 grant to finance writing time and to provide assistance for everything from child care to research and travel. Rea currently is working on a novel set in the Four Corners region during World War II. Read more…

Archived alumni stories (pdf format)

Amanda Rea — November 2015
Writing Prize Endorses Alumna's Passion for Her Craft
Karambu Ringera — October 2015
Interview with Founder of Africa's International Peace Initiatives
Neela Eyunni — September 2015

Alumna Finds Success as Beijing Journalist
Elizabeth Weishaupl — August 2015

Music Alum Uses Performance Skills in the Courtroom
Jennifer Stedron — July 2015

Alum Paves Way for Early Childhood Development
Chris Kim — June 2015

New Graduate Overcame Tone Deafness to Win Lamont Solo Honors Competition
Eric Kornacki and Joseph Teipel — April 2015

Alums' Nonprofit Brings Fresh Food and Opportunities to Impoverished Denver Neighborhood
Matilda Asuzu — March 2015

Recent Alum Lands Job that Infuses New Technology into Traditional Library Service
Geoff Gordon — February 2015
MGM Executive Endows Scholarship for Theatre Students
Katy Anderson Craig — January 2015

Alumna Embodies Education Dedicated to the Public Good
Grant Kniesly — December 2014

Alumnus Turns His Lens on Sexual Slavery in Award-winning Documentary

Our archives go back to May 2010. If you'd like to see a story that's not listed here, please contact us.