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umass76


Aug 29, 2008, 6:41 PM


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Re: [dorchester] Choosing an MFA Program (2009)

Certainly, my part in the conversation I mentioned having with a friend here about Columbia was focused on the poetry side of things, where Columbia is not faring well of late. This other person is in fiction, so I tended to take their word for the fiction end of things, particularly as I personally don't see any of the names above as being names I'm seeing all over. For instance, Gary Shteyngart would be a great example of a name I do see all over--but he went to Hunter. He simply teaches at Columbia, and I've said for years CU has a great faculty. In fact, FWIW, I've also been raving about Hunter, including its grads, so Gary Shteyngart is probably a way of proving the point, anyway.

I think it's telling that Columbia's defense of its graduate success focuses primarily on who teaches there. It'd be like Iowa emphasizing former/current visiting or permanent faculty Jorie Graham, Rita Dove, Stephen Dobyns, Larry Levis, Galway Kinnell, Donald Justice, Denis Johnson, John Irving, Mark Strand, Philip Levine, Robert Bly, Ethan Canin, Charles Wright, Flannery O'Connor, and Marvin Bell.

Which'd all be bad examples, as they all graduated from here also.
S.


(This post was edited by umass76 on Aug 29, 2008, 6:49 PM)


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