Alumni Spotlight

Founded in 2008, the AFA in Creative Writing program at Normandale boasts many alumni with a large variety of achievements. Here are just a few —

Anna Gergen

Anna Gergen graduated with her AFA in Creative Writing degree in 2018, and then transferred to Columbia University in New York City, where she is continuing her studies in creative writing. While Anna was at Normandale working on her AFA degree, she won the Patsy Lea Core Award, worked as a PASS Leader for literature and writing classes, and served as a Writing Center Tutor. She also volunteered as a host on the public radio show “Write on Radio” at KFAI-FM, and was active in the Minneapolis literary community at large.

Lukas Ray Hall

lukas ray hall was born and raised near the Twin Cities, MN. He is the author of loudest when startled (YesYes Books, 2020). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming from Atlanta Review, The Florida Review, the minnesota review, Midway Journal, Raleigh Review, Moon City Review, Prime Number Magazine, Lindenwood Review, Sierra Nevada Review, along with other journals. He is the winner of the 2013 Patsy Lea Core Living Memorial Award in Creative Writing and holds an MFA from Pacific University, a BFA from Hamline University, and an AFA from Normandale Community College. Lukas currently works as a production editor. He lives with his partner and two pets in St. Paul. Read more about Lukas at

Paul Patane

Paul completed his AFA in Creative Writing at Normandale, and then transferred to Hamline University to get a BFA in Creative Writing/Fiction. While at Hamline, he served on the editorial board and became assistant fiction editor of Runestone Magazine. He went on to complete an MFA in Writing at Pacific University, and is now Associate Editor at at SportsEngine, an NBC Sports company, and founder and managing editor of Interstellar Pop