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Columbia University School of the Arts

MFA Program

MFA Program Established: 
New York, New York
Genres Include:
Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction
2-3 Years
Program Size: 
Application Deadline:
January 5, 2016
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
William Wadsworth
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poets: Lucie Brock-Broido, Timothy Donnelly, and Dorothea Lasky. Fiction writers: Donald Antrim, Nicholas Christopher, Stacey D'Erasmo, Deborah Eisenberg, Richard Ford, Heidi Julavits, Binnie Kirshenbaum, Victor LaValle, Sam Lipsyte, Ben Marcus, Orhan Pamuk, Simon Schama, Gary Shteyngart, and Alan Ziegler. Nonfiction writers: Lis Harris, Leslie Jamison, Margo Jefferson, Richard Locke, Phillip Lopate, and Patricia O’Toole. Translator: Susan Bernofsky.

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

Teaching Fellowships, Research Assistantships, Scholarships, Internships

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

The program hosts the Creative Writing Lectures; Stalking the Essay, an annual symposium on essay writing; the Nonfiction Dialogues; the Word for Word Literary Translation Exchange; Life After the MFA panels; an annual agents mixer; the student reading series, Gallery Reading Series; and the alumni reading series, Columbia Selects MFA Reading Series.


Jonathan Ames, Mary Jo Bang, Thomas Beller, Lucie Brock-Broido, Gabrielle Calvocoressi,  Henri Cole, Meghan Daum, Kiran Desai, Stephen Dubner, Peter Farrelly, Rivka Galchen, Philip Gourevitch, Eliza Griswold, John Haskell, Marie Howe, Heidi Julavits, Ben Kunkel, Victor LaValle, Adam Mansbach, Stephen McCauley, Dinaw Mengestu, Rick Moody, Richard Price, Camille Rankine, Karen Russell, Brenda Shaughnessy, Mona Simpson, Wells Tower

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