Aug 29, 2008, 12:21 PM
Re: [umass76] Choosing an MFA Program (2009)
Some good points, though I can't help but wonder whether the reputation of the schools you mentioned is based on the publishing record of their graduates, or on the USNWR rankings from well over a decade ago. Recently a friend and I were trying to think of the great fiction writers who've come out of Irvine--and we had no problem doing so. Then we tried to do that with Iowa--still no problem. Then we moved on to Columbia and hit a blank. JHU, a blank.
I'm afraid this seems more like evidence of personal bias than it does reality. You "hit a blank" thinking of Columbia graduates?
I'm not going to get into a debate over who is a "great" fiction writer, but without even looking it up I can think of a half-dozen popular and acclaimed fiction writers who have come out of Columbia in recent years:
Kiran Desai, Rick Moody, Karen Russell, etc.
Recently I was walking by Barnes and Noble and saw three recent Columbia grad books featured in the window: Keith Gessen, Rivka Galshin, Monica Ferrell.... and maybe Rachel Sherman as well.
Wells Tower new book is certain to get a lot of acclaim.
Columbia grads, as far as I can tell, publish more than any other school not named Iowa. And even Iowa seems to have dipped off a lot lately.
(This post was edited by Clench Million on Aug 29, 2008, 12:23 PM)