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University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

MFA Program

Former MFA student Max Somers introducing Illinois poet laureate Kevin Stein during the 2011 Early Spring LIterary Festival.

MFA Program Established: 
Urbana, Illinois
Genres Include:
Poetry and Fiction
3 Years
Program Size: 
Application Deadline:
December 4, 2015
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Steve Davenport
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poets: Janice N. Harrington, Bridgit Peegen Kelly, and Michael Madonick. Fiction writers: Philip Graham and Alex Shakar.

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

Teaching Assistantships, Scholarships, Financial Aid, Fellowships, Publishing Assistantships, Literary Prizes and Awards

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 

Ninth Letter, Dalkey Archive Press

Other Features: 

This program features the Carr Visiting Authors Reading Series and cosponsors the annual Pygmalion Literary and Music Festival. It also offers courses in literary publishing as well as writing for television. Students have the opportunity to work on Ninth Letter, a collaborative between the Creative Writing Program and the School of Art and Design.

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