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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:
January 31, 2015
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Jon Davis, Director
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poets: Sherwin Bitsui, Natalie Diaz, Santee Frazier, Joan Naviyuk Kane, Chip Livingston, James Thomas Stevens, Orlando White
Fiction writers: Sherman Alexie, Ramona Ausubel, Marie-Helene Bertino, Amanda Boyden, Joseph Boyden, Manuel Gonzales, Ismet Prcic, Eden Robinson
Nonfiction writers: Melissa Febos, Elissa Washuta
Screenwriters: Sterlin Harjo, Geoff Harris, Jennine Lanouette, Ken White

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

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

Other Features: 

This program begins with a weeklong residency on the campus in Sante Fe. At the end of the program, students participate in a May graduation residency, during which they present their theses and craft essays for approval. Students also present public craft talks, give theses readings, and team-teach workshops. Recent visitors have included Debra Earling, Jennifer Foerster, Nick Flynn, Joy Harjo, Linda Hogan, Dana Levin, Christopher Merrill, N. Scott Momaday, Simon Ortiz, Nancy Stauffer, Arthur Sze, Luci Tapahonso, Jess Walter, and Michael Wiegers.

A focus in screenwriting is also available.

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