Two of the University of Arkansas creative writing masters of fine arts program’s most successful recent alumni in the literary world are poised to make a big splash the TV world. Nic Pizzaloto (’04) put out a short story collection, “Here and the Yellow Sea,” and smart noir novel, “Galveston,” both of which were well-received, before getting into TV. He wrote a few episodes of “The Killing” that aired in 2011 and is currently at work on “True Detective,” an HBO miniseries he’s writing and executive producing. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson star as detectives on a 17-year hunt for a serial killer. It’s due early next year.
Meanwhile, Tony Tost (’05) put out “Invisible Bride,” a Walt Whitman Award-winning book of poetry, and a book on Johnny Cash’s “American Recordings,” before he got into TV. He’s currently on the writing staff of A&E’s “Longmire,” and he’s got a show in development with Showtime about truckers and criminals (or maybe criminal truckers?) called “Heartland Trucking.”