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West Virginia University

MFA Program

MFA Program Established: 
Morgantown, West Virginia
Genres Include:
Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction
3 Years
Program Size: 
Application Deadline:
January 15, 2015
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Mary Ann Samyn
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poets: James Harms and Mary Ann Samyn. Fiction writers: Mark Brazaitis and Glenn Taylor. Nonfiction writers: Ellesa Clay High, Kevin Oderman,, Ethel Morgan Smith.

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Most students are fully funded.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 

Cheat River Review

Other Features: 

The student-edited journal Cheat River Review, outreach opportunites including the Appalachian Prison Book Project, the Bolton Writing Workshops, and partnerships with middle schools and senior citizens.


Kelly Moffett, author of Waiting for a Warm Body to Fill It and If the God of Water Enters Your House, Bow (poetry)

Molly Brodak, Instructions for a Painting and Little Middle of the Night (poetry)

Sara Pritchard, author of Crackpots: a Novel, Lately, and Help Wanted: Female (fiction)

Katie Fallon, author of Cerulean Blues (nonfiction)

Erin Tocknell, author of Confederate Streets (nonfiction)

Maggie Glover, author of How I Went Red (poetry)

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