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Vanderbilt University

MFA Program

MFA Program Established: 
Nashville, Tennessee
Genres Include:
Poetry and Fiction
2-3 Years
Program Size: 
Application Deadline:
December 15, 2015
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Margaret Quigley
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poets: Beth Bachmann, Kate Daniels, Rick Hilles, and Mark Jarman. Fiction writers: Tony Earley, Lorraine López, Lorrie Moore, and Nancy Reisman. Nonfiction writers: Peter Guralnick.

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

University Fellowships,  Kathryn Sedberry Poetry Prize, Academy of American Poets Prize

All students are fully funded. Competitive university graduate fellowships are also available.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

This program features the Gertrude Vanderbilt and Harold S. Vanderbilt Visiting Writers Series and the Writers in Residence Program. It also offers writing workshops for cancer survivors through the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

First-year students work as Graduate Writing Consultants in the Writing Studio, and second-year students teach one semester of a beginning creative writing workshop. Opportunities are also available for students to learn about alternative employment opportunities for writers other than teaching. Travel funding is available for conference presentations.

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