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Institute of American Indian Arts

MFA Program

MFA Program Established: 
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Genres Include:
Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction
2 Years
Application Deadline:
February 1, 2016
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Jon Davis
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poets: Sherwin Bitsui, Natalie Diaz, Santee Frazier, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Joan Kane, James Thomas Stevens, and Orlando White. Fiction writers: Sherman Alexie, Ramona Ausubel, Marie-Helene Bertino, Amanda Boyden, Joseph Boyden, Manuel Gonzales, Linda Hogan, Pam Houston, Derek Palacio, Ismet Prcic, Eden Robinson, and Claire Vaye Watkins. Nonfiction writers: Melissa Febos, Chip Livingston, and Elissa Washuta.

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

Truman Capote Trust, Lannan Foundation, and Beverly & Michael Morris scholarships are available.

Other Features: 

Students attend two eight-day residencies each year, in January and July, at the Institute of American Indian Arts campus in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The program also offers degrees in screenwriting, an emphasis on Native American and First Nations writing, hosts a visiting writers series, and offers free multi-genre workshops twice each semester in Seattle and another city (partially selected by students) with Sherman Alexie. Other features include the student-edited online journal Mud City.

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