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umass76


Oct 19, 2008, 8:40 PM


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Re: [flobelle] Whittling Down "The List"

Flobelle,

I don't know how to say this any nicer, or any clearer, so: you're wrong. You're wrong and you're speaking from ignorance and youth.

I'm a Teaching-Writing Fellow at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. I was offered a book deal for my first collection the night of my very first workshop here in Iowa City in August of 2007. I've published my work more than 150 times in print magazines and anthologies, including many of the top litmags in my field. Two of the three programs that accepted me in 2007 (incidentally, Iowa was not one of them) informed me that I was their top choice from that year's entire applicant pool. At one of those two programs I was awarded a University-issued non-teaching fellowship (i.e., one given by the University as a whole, with only a single such fellowship available to the MFA program).

Yay for me. Now here's some other information:

Applied to Virginia: Rejected Outright.
Applied to Cornell: Rejected Outright.
Applied to Brown: Rejected Outright.
Applied to Johns Hopkins: Rejected Outright.

Someone very close to me at the time applied to the same MFA programs I did; this person, an immensely talented poet and poetry editor, ended up being one of four poets in the United States accepted at Cornell University in 2007--Cornell being the hardest MFA program to get into in America. As I understand it, here were the rest of her results:

Applied to Virginia: Rejected Outright.
Applied to Iowa: Rejected Outright.
Applied to Brown: Rejected Outright.
Applied to Johns Hopkins: Rejected Outright.
Applied to Michigan: Rejected Outright.
Applied to Massachusetts: Rejected Outright.

Your speculations--and that's all they are, speculations--about how the MFA process works are absolute nonsense.

S.


(This post was edited by umass76 on Oct 19, 2008, 8:50 PM)


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Post edited by umass76 (User) on Oct 19, 2008, 8:47 PM
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