Our program offers students singular opportunities to develop their craft. Students workshop with Tim O’Brien, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Karen Russell (our current Endowed Chair, a position held on a rotating basis by internationally acclaimed writers). They also work closely with our dedicated full-time faculty, including Doug Dorst, Jennifer duBois, Tom Grimes, and Debra Monroe in Fiction; and Cyrus Cassells, Cecily Parks, Kathleen Peirce, Roger Jones, and Steve Wilson in Poetry.
After students complete their thesis, our extensive adjunct faculty provides feedback on their completed manuscript. This group includes Rick Bass, Catherine Barnett, Kevin Brockmeier, Maxine Chernoff, Heather Christle, Amy Hempel, Carolyn Forché, T. Geronimo Johnson, Joanna Klink, Ada Limón, Carole Maso, Antonya Nelson, Elissa Schappell, Brian Turner, and many more.
Our students enjoy readings and master classes with renowned visiting writers, as well as meetings with leading agents and editors. In 2018-2019, we're hosting Tyehimba Jess, Camille Dungy, Valeria Luiselli, Kim Barnes, Marie Howe, Robert Wrigley, Nikky Finney, Cheston Knapp, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and many more.
Writer in Residence
Every Spring, a writer in residence joins the MFA program for a series of readings, master classes, workshops, manuscript consultations, and other collaborative events.
The writer in residence for Spring 2020 is Victoria Chang.