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University of Montana, Missoula

MFA Program

MFA Program Established: 
Missoula, Montana
Genres Include:
Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction
2-3 Years
Program Size: 
Application Deadline:
January 6, 2016
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Karin Schalm
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poets: Joanna Klink, Greg Pape, Prageeta Sharma, and Karen Volkman. Fiction writers: Kevin Canty, Debra Magpie Earling, David Gates, and Dierdre McNamer. Nonfiction writer: Judy Blunt.

The Fall 2015 writer-in-residence is fiction and nonfiction writer Bernard Cooper; the Spring 2016 writer-in-residence is poet Stefania Heim.

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

Teaching Assistantships, Scholarships, Fellowships, Awards.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 


Other Features: 

The program offers the student-run reading series Second Wind; a biennial publishing conference; and the Merriam-Frontier Award, a chapbook contest. Other features include the student-run literary magazine CutBank.


Sandra Alcosser, Kim Barnes, Judy Blunt, Kevin Canty, Emily Danforth, Rick DeMarinis, Michael Fitzgerald (co-founder of Submittable), David Gilbert, Andrew Sean Greer, Shannon Hale, Frances Hwang, Melissa Kwasny, Aryn Kyle, J. Robert Lennon, Abi Maxwell, Neil McMahon, Deirdre McNamer, Colin Meloy, Janisse Ray, Steven Rinella, Kim Todd, Amanda Eyre Ward, James Welch, Robert Wrigley

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