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Mar 25, 2008, 12:24 PM

Post #126 of 154 (8164 views)
Re: [Hamlet3145] Montana - summer Can't Post

Jason - Do you know anything about Southgate Apartments?


Mar 25, 2008, 12:58 PM

Post #127 of 154 (8158 views)
Re: [rparks624] Montana - summer Can't Post

Not specifically, but the name implies it is probably a complex near the mall in the center of town. (The mall is the Southgate Mall). It may still be a bit early to find much in the way of listings if, say, you wanted to move here around June 1st or so though. There will be a bunch of places opening up soon though as people graduate and begin to take off. In fact, some current students might know of some cool places opening up. For example, I know of a house that will becoming available around then. It is currently occupied by 3 MFA students who are all leaving.

P.S. is my property management company and they have been good to me.

(This post was edited by Hamlet3145 on Mar 25, 2008, 1:00 PM)

quotidian poet

Mar 26, 2008, 10:55 PM

Post #128 of 154 (8100 views)
Re: [Osiris] Montana Fiction Update Can't Post

I just emailed Montana yesterday, figuring I'd been rejected because of a weird letter from the financial aid office, but found out I've been accepted for poetry! No concrete info about funding yet (so I suppose I'm not part of the 'top 5'.)

I'd love to hear some perspectives from poets who are in the program now ... will probably head over to the facebook group and start bugging some of you.

I've also been accepted to U of Oregon ... with their max funding package, so I expect funding may be the deciding factor. Eugene and Missoula aren't bad for places to choose between - it feels kinda weird to be so excited about going there from NYC, while so many people on the other boards are so anxious to come here and go into huge debt at Columbia / SLC / TNS. ... But if anyone has any specific knowledge about UM vs. UO, that would be great!



Mar 26, 2008, 11:49 PM

Post #129 of 154 (8085 views)
Re: [quotidian poet] Montana Fiction Update Can't Post

I love the program and I love the city. However, there are rumors that more than one of the poetry faculty will be on sabbatical next year. If this is the case a visiting writer will come to fill the void. You might want to check into that with the department before you make your decision.

I tend to think that a large part of what one gets from a program is from one's fellow students. I've been continually impressed (and intimidated) by the quality of my peers' work since I've been here.

As for UO, I had a friend who graduated from there in fiction and she loved it--both the program and the town. But I don't know anything about poetry there.


Mar 31, 2008, 5:11 PM

Post #130 of 154 (7998 views)
Re: [quotidian poet] Montana Fiction Update Can't Post

Just an FYI for incoming Montana people, Sarah Gambito was named the "Hugo Visiting Poet" for next year.

Here is her info:


Sarah Gambito is the Executive Director of Kunidman, an organization dedicated to the creation, cultivation and promotion of Asian American poetry. She is the author of Matadora (Alice James Books) and Delivered (forthcoming from Persea Books). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Iowa Review, The Antioch Review, Denver Quarterly, The New Republic, Field, Quarterly West, Fence and other journals. She holds degrees from The University of Virginia and The Creative Writing Program at Brown University. A recipient of grants and fellowships from The New York Foundation for the Arts, Urban Artists Initiative and The MacDowell Colony, she teaches at New York University and Baruch College.


Apr 2, 2008, 10:38 AM

Post #131 of 154 (7930 views)
Re: Other Types of Funding Can't Post

Hi all. I was wondering if there are other types of funding-- for travel abroad, etc. available at UMT. I didn't get funding for the MFA. I'm going to reapply for the TA-ship my second year and see what happens. Is it possible to be a TA for profs in the English Dept or other depts? Any good tips or info on getting any type of funding or who to talk to at UMT?

I'm also anxious about registration and 1st day of class. When did you guys register and what was expected of you the 1st day of class?


Apr 2, 2008, 11:31 AM

Post #132 of 154 (7913 views)
Re: [rparks624] Other Types of Funding Can't Post

There are a couple of different types of funding available. I know there are some jobs on campus for grad students, though they aren't handled through the English department. You might look at the campus job listing for "staff". There's also the annual Bertha Morton scholarship for $2,000-$3,000. The award is given for publications, proffessional distinctions, and service/involvement in the community.

In your second year, you can apply for a creative writing fellowship. If you get it, you teach one creative writing class (in your genre) for one semester of your second year and I believe you get paid at the same rate as the ENEX 101 TAs. Since you are not a 101 TA, the likelihood is that you'll either be offered the creative writing fellowship to teach over the summer between your first and second year or during the winter quarter of your second year.

First day of classes--Prior to the first day of classes, it's a good idea to email the professors and let them know that you'd like to take their classes as a courtesy so they can know how many students are likely to show up. On that first day, have your override slip in hand and get it signed. Then you take it to the Lomassen Center (Registrar's Office) and drop it off. The registrar's people will sign you up for the class.

As for what's expected--that depends on the professor. This is why it's a good idea to email the professors before hand--so they can tell you if you need to bring anything or do anything for that first day. In my experience, the first day of class has been pretty chill--you go over the syllabus, read some sample pieces of writing, or get an introductory lecture (in lit classes).


Apr 4, 2008, 11:51 AM

Post #133 of 154 (7845 views)
Good coffee in Missoula? Can't Post

Hi to any UMT students living in Missoula,

I know this is going to sound crazy, but I live in the Oakland area right now and am accustomed to really great coffee. I'm headed over for fiction in the fall and I'm wondering if Missoula has much of a coffee culture. I read online about a place called Bernice's that seems to be somewhat centrally located-- but I can't tell if this is only a bakery or if it also has a coffee culture gestalt. Obviously, this is not my main deciding factor, but I can't help but be curious!




Apr 4, 2008, 12:02 PM

Post #134 of 154 (7837 views)
Re: [Gus82] Good coffee in Missoula? Can't Post

don't know about missoula, but coffee in oakland is the best. i worked at gaylords for a couple years. i miss oakland!


Apr 4, 2008, 12:29 PM

Post #135 of 154 (7825 views)
Re: [Gus82] Good coffee in Missoula? Can't Post

I'm not a huge fan of Bernice's coffee. It's just drip and it's not terribly good. However, Le Petit Ouevre is a bakery that has fantastic espresso (Vivace, from Seattle). Unfortunately, the only seating is a couple of tables outdoors.

Break Espresso (downtown on Higgins) is the big hangout for coffee people. It's huge, has free wifi, and you can pretty much hang out there all day. There's also a Liquid Planet, which is pretty much the same deal only in chain form.

In my opinion, Butterfly Herbs (downtown, also on Higgins) serves the best espresso. It has a small area of booth seating and also serves great sandwiches.

Smaller coffee places abound, including Posh Chocolat (excellent chocolate and soups as well as coffee), Catalyst (which is hardly ever open), and a bunch of drive-thru coffee stands for a quick fix.

In terms of coffee for home use, we have a local roaster (Hunter Bay), which is pretty decent.

Coming from the Seattle area, I'd say that Missoula does pretty well for itself on the coffee front considering its size.

(This post was edited by aathema on Apr 4, 2008, 12:30 PM)


Apr 4, 2008, 4:32 PM

Post #136 of 154 (7783 views)
Re: [Gus82] Good coffee in Missoula? Can't Post

Gus82 -

I might come (from Philly), and I love coffee too! PM me. We'll talk roasts, grinds, cream or no cream.

- Boit

"Save the manatees"


Apr 4, 2008, 7:06 PM

Post #137 of 154 (7754 views)
Re: [lars79] Good coffee in Missoula? Can't Post


I hope you do come! I hear Philly's a great town! (good cheesesteaks, right?). Well, if you come, we'll have to go to Bernice's or one of the other's and discuss crema together, or something like that.

Hope to see you in Missoula,

quotidian poet

Apr 8, 2008, 1:45 PM

Post #138 of 154 (7686 views)
Montana Prospective Perspective Can't Post

In case any other prospectives are looking for info here, I visited Montana last week, and the current students I met were super welcoming and the program definitely seems to live up to its rep as having a great sense of community and a supportive environment. And Missoula's definitely a cool town - lively with great local color and obviously a beautiful setting. The only faculty member I was able to meet with was Greg Pape (who was very nice and laid back and definitely believes in the program) as the others were not available; also, there were no workshops, but I sat in on a lit class that was very good.
I won't be attending, I'm afraid, as I wasn't been offered funding but have since been accepted with a very generous offer off the waitlist from another program. But I thought I'd throw in my two cents for anyone who isn't able to have the pleasure of visiting.


Apr 8, 2008, 2:35 PM

Post #139 of 154 (7659 views)
Re: [quotidian poet] Montana Prospective Perspective Can't Post

I will second that opinion of Missoula. It is quite possibly one of the greatest places on earth (I'm biased - I grew up on the Idaho/Montana border). I'm removing myself from the wait list at Montana (in favor of Arizona), as I too have other offers with full funding. I envy those attending!


Apr 16, 2008, 10:42 AM

Post #140 of 154 (7572 views)
Re: [nicolec24] Montana Prospective Perspective Can't Post

I'll be in Missoula April 22nd through the 24th. I'm going to try to get to as many classes and thesis readings as I can while I'm there, as well as trying to secure housing for next fall. Any Missoulans out there, feel free to contact me with information and helpful tips! My e-mail address is free2accept4life <@> yahoo <dot> com!
I'm going for poetry!


Apr 16, 2008, 4:13 PM

Post #141 of 154 (7527 views)
Re: [Osiris] Montana Prospective Perspective Can't Post

Going for poetry as well! Can someone tell me how to get to Missoula by plane, the least expensive way? I hear other nearby airports are the way to go. Also, any thoughts on what area of town to look for apartments? I would love to be able to bike to class. This is all very exciting.


Apr 16, 2008, 7:39 PM

Post #142 of 154 (7486 views)
Re: [greenape] Montana Prospective Perspective Can't Post

Spokane is the cheapest "nearby" airport. It's about a 3 hour drive. Pretty dangerous in the winter though. (You have to drive over the Rockies).

You will definitely want to find a place in the University district or downtown if possible. There is a trail by the river that goes right to campus and, honestly, many people tend to just walk.

Also, for those of you who are coming there is a University of Montana MFA facebook group you might like join. I think you should just be able to search for it but if not just let me know and I can dig up the direct link.


Apr 16, 2008, 9:23 PM

Post #143 of 154 (7463 views)
Re: [greenape] Montana Prospective Perspective Can't Post

I second what Jason says and add this: see if you can get the email list of current/graduating students from the director and email the list to see who's vacating their digs. It might save you some time and you won't have to drive all over town blindly looking at random places.

Incidentally, I'll be vacating a 2 br/1 ba house about 1 1/2 miles from school (close to the bike trail) as of the end of May. Rent is $650/mo and the landlords are a nice couple (i.e., not a management agency).


Jun 29, 2008, 11:06 PM

Post #144 of 154 (7356 views)
Re: [Hamlet3145] Montana Prospective Perspective Can't Post

For those interested in a vivid take on Missoula:

The author, Linh Dihn, was a visiting poet this spring.


Mar 12, 2009, 6:17 PM

Post #145 of 154 (7152 views)
Re: [hazelmotes] Montana MFA Program Can't Post

Montana generally has acceptances out by now. I graduated in 08, and I'm up for questions. If they seem answerable in a public way, great. If not, PM me!


Dec 19, 2009, 7:08 PM

Post #146 of 154 (6943 views)
Re: [the wind] Montana Program? Can't Post

Many schools, including Motana, are requesting an "expository essay" sample if you apply for a teaching assistantship. I automatically assumed--because you'll be teaching lit and/or comp classes--that an expository essay is a critical essay on a piece of literature, like the thousands of essays I turned in while completing my B.A. in English.

However, I'm finding out now that an expository--form of the word exposition--essay generally means anything that's not creative writing. Put simply, they don't want another short story or novel excerpt, they need to see if you can put an "non-creative writing" essay together.

I'm curious what most of you are turning in for expository essays, especially if you're applying for teaching assistantships.


Dec 20, 2009, 11:19 AM

Post #147 of 154 (6896 views)
Re: [OldScribe2000] Montana Program? Can't Post

I submitted a short critical essay. It says on the website that it can be an "essay, term paper, research paper; it need not be from an English course so long as you believe it fairly represents your writing ability." I believe that most TAships are in teaching composition, so most likely it is to make sure that you can write well in an expository way.


Feb 25, 2010, 10:47 AM

Post #148 of 154 (6544 views)
Montana Can't Post

Reviving the Montana thread! Any prospective/admitted/current students around?


Feb 25, 2010, 12:39 PM

Post #149 of 154 (6499 views)
Re: [anna2] Montana Can't Post

Someone on the MFA Blog reported an acceptance, but I don't know whether it's poetry or fiction.

I applied for fiction.


Feb 26, 2010, 12:55 AM

Post #150 of 154 (6429 views)
Re: [OldScribe2000] Montana Can't Post

I was accepted to Montana today in Creative Nonfiction, per e-mail.

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