honors, etc.

biographical citations

PEN American | National Book Critic Circle | Phi Beta Kappa | Chancellor’s List, 2006-07 | Who’s Who of American Women, 2003-06 | The National Dean’s List, 2003-06

honors & awards

2011           Dell Global Brand On The Spot Award for outstanding performance and lasting contributions to FY11 Corporate Responsibility Report (my theme, strategy and copy led the report)

2011           Guest writer/reviewer on Huffington Post: “Major Critics Speak On How To Keep Them Relevant

2010          Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency, writing fellow | National Book Critic Circle member, invited |PEN America Prison-Writing Program Mentor, invited

2009          Five Things Austin awarded “The Austin Chronicle’s “Best of Austin” Critics Pick, Literary Salon 2.0 |  Secured Rick Moody as American Short Fiction’s Short Story Contest Judge, Spring | Invited to ASTRA Writing in Greece Retreat with Meredith Hall, Summer 2010 | Invited Abroad Writers Conference, Kolkata, India | Semifinalist, 2009 Fiction Fellowship, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown | Five Star Friday Award of my featured life story at Postcard Life Stories

2008          Runner-up, RRofihe Trophy/OPEN CITY Short Story Contest (“A Most Painful Game”) | Inaugural reader, Five Things Austin | Graduate Fiction Award (“Ana’s Opening”) of the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers | New York State Summer Writers Institute, Skidmore College (scholarship winner) | Introduction of Tim O’Brien at Southwestern Writer’s Collection, San Marcos, TX

2007          Featured subject and actor of 24-hour performance art piece, Moveable Feast, Austin, TX | Introduction of Denis Johnson at Southwestern Writer’s Collection, San Marcos, TX | Third place winner, Austin Chronicle 15th Annual Short Story Competition (“Ana’s Opening”) | Winner, Texas State University Writer-Teacher Award | One of my student’s essay was produced on NPR’s This I Believe series

2006          Sigma Tau Delta, Omega Epsilon chapter, International English Honors Society, inducted

2005          Tompkins Award, Honorable Mention for Fiction (for “Passing Through”) Wayne State University, Detroit, MI | Awardee, Loughead-Eldredge Endowed Scholarship in Creative Writing, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI | Awardee, Wayne State University Private Scholarship for 2005-06 | Awardee, Graduate-Professional Scholarship for Fall-Winter Semesters of the 2005-06  | Third Prize in Prose, Springfed Arts – Metro Detroit Writers Contest (“Breathe”)

2004-05    Co-mentor of the Year Award, University of Michigan – Dearborn Internship Program | Phi Beta Delta, Honor Society for International Scholars, inducted

2003-04     Grant winner, Student Study/Internship Outside the United States, Wayne State U., Detroit, MI | Featured fiction writer, Vol.2, Issue 1 (“Old Miss Detroit”), Furnace Detroit

2002-03    Thompkins Award for Fiction (Short Story), Graduate, “Breathe,” Wayne State University, Detroit, MI | Semi-finalist (for “A Poem on Rent”), International Open Poetry Contest, International Library of Poetry | Editor’s Choice Award (for “A Poem on Rent”), International Library of Poetry

2000          Invited lecturer to Business Writing course, Oakland University, Rochester, MI

1998           Ford Communications Network (FCN)/Communicator (editor) Most Improved Newsletter Award, sole awardee worldwide (within one year of taking over publication)

1994           Graduate magna cum laude, English Honors Program, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI | United States Achievement Academy’s All-American Scholar Award

1992          Phi Beta Kappa, inducted

1990-94    Dean’s List, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI | Wayne State University Merit Scholar | Golden Key National Honor Society member, inducted

selected work reviews


2010        · “I was knocked out to read your review [of my book], and not only because of the generosity of what you said, and the beautiful way you said it–but also, also, because it’s so rare to be looking in the mirror while reading a review of one’s own work. […] It’s a wonderful experience to have one’s work read with such care and understanding, and to have that transmitted with language that is handled exactly the same way.” —Dylan Landis, author, Normal People Don’t Live Like This

2000        · “You embarrass the images in this catalog. Stellar copy.” —Lauren Crane, Creative Director, Red Hammer Group, J. Walter Thompson Detroit

1994-96   · “I have worked in pubic relations for twenty years and I truly appreciate when a reporter researches their [sic] subject thoroughly, quotes their [sic] subjects without taking their ideas out of context, and presents a well-written story in an interesting and probing manner. (My clients) were equally impressed with your enthusiasm and professionalism. Thank you for going the extra mile in your efforts.”—Susan L. Murphy, Lip Service Public Relations, Promo. & Advert.

2010         · “You’re an excellent editor.” —Aaron Hierholzer, Editorial Reader, American Short Fiction journal, Austin, Texas

· “Stacy is an enthusiastic, thorough, and highly qualified copyeditor.” —Matt Borondy, editor, identitytheory.com

1994-96   · “Superb! The best freelance proofreader I’ve seen.”—Gary Hoffman, former editor/ publisher, Corporate Detroit magazine; former business editor, The Detroit News

2006-08  · “Stacy’s contributions to our ongoing conversation about teaching have always reflected curiosity, intelligence, and a genuine passion to become the best teacher she could be. In the classroom, she channels that passion to the benefit of her students. She cares deeply about students and colleagues.”—Susan Beebe, Texas State University-San Marcos, Director of Lower-Division Studies in English

A sampling of anonymous class evaluation comments:
2008           · “In my opinion, the instructor is what made this course most enjoyable and effective, so as long as she is teaching, good writers will emerge.”
2006-08    · “Thanks for a great semester! I really feel like I improved my writing skills and
techniques for writing in these four months.”
· “Excellent teacher! Challenging in the best way! Nice, caring, always wants to help. And I actually learned. I’ve thought more about the writing process and my word choice than I’ve ever before.”
· “She really takes the time to respond to your writing. I would love to take her class again. She made me comfortable but able to move out of my comfort zone.”
· “She actually helped me to enjoy writing and I never have before. One of the best features of this class is Ms. Muszynski’s feedback. And her enthusiasm is contagious.”

A student’s personal note:
·“I feel much more confident in my writing. […] Your ideas were clear, precise and understandable. […] This class sets a strong pace for my college career, because you were inspiring—not only as a teacher, but as a person as well.” —Denim Pittman, English 1310, December 2006

2005    ·“Thank you for sharing your knowledge. You’re a wonderful teacher who makes learning and writing fun, and you know how to get me excited about writing. You relate important ideas to me personally. Your enthusiasm is contagious.”—Suzy Bjorklund, writing student

attitude & ability
2004    ·“Stacy confronts challenges head on and comes through with solutions. Not only is she a pleasure to work with and always maintains a ‘can do’ attitude, she goes above and beyond–as well with customer service expectations with both internal and external customers alike. Stacy’s work, both narrative and artistic, is excellent.” —WDET Public Relations Director Kevin Piotrowski, supervisor

2003    ·“You’re a very good teacher: you really know how to make ideas relevant to me in a manner that’s not overwhelming.”—Andrew Zuehlk, WDET intern


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