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bordercrosser


Mar 6, 2010, 9:34 PM

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Hi all,

Eleni Sikelianos called me today with an acceptance for Denver -- again while I was in transit without any means of writing anything down. But she started her phone call with, I'm calling from the U of D and are you coming? I had to ask, wait, are you accepting me? It sounds like she's made all her calls today & tomorrow (for 5? this is where I wish I had something to write with? spaces).

Hope you're all having great Saturdays! Talk soon.


gcsumfa


Mar 6, 2010, 9:35 PM

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Hi all,

Eleni Sikelianos called me today with an acceptance for Denver -- again while I was in transit without any means of writing anything down. But she started her phone call with, I'm calling from the U of D and are you coming? I had to ask, wait, are you accepting me? It sounds like she's made all her calls today & tomorrow (for 5? this is where I wish I had something to write with? spaces).

Hope you're all having great Saturdays! Talk soon.


Congrats!


LesK
Les
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Mar 6, 2010, 9:38 PM

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Wow, bordercrosser! Congrats & good luck with the decision making....


gcsumfa


Mar 6, 2010, 9:42 PM

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Ok....so how does one stand out?

Here's a suggestion:

http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/35954 *

*and note the person to whom you're sending the proposals is a doctoral student @ UC.... Think that might stand out? (GCSUMFA...I'm sort of posting this with you in mind....might be up your alley. We'll drink or something.)

Here's another:

http://www.bestnewpoets.org/

(Seth, you did that, right? Or that got done to you, whatevs...)

So, as a writer, regardless of the shape of your diss....what other tips for navigating grad school (and "CV Building") do you have? And how many of those ideas would help getting into a PhD?


Teaching a variety of courses in grad school helps, too. Some programs will give you the opportunity to design your own courses--jump on those opportunities.


gcsumfa


Mar 6, 2010, 10:07 PM

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[NB: On second thought, I ought to get back to my life. And stop speaking with two people I wouldn't give two seconds to anywhere but on this screen. Take care everyone. And GCSUMFA, you can call me a bloody murderer now if you want. I'm done here -- not coming back to this conversation. But I do appreciate the professional advice -- and the subtle threat. I just realized I know who you are.].


Dude, wow. You know who I am, just like you knew that JM was a secret agent from the Columbia MFA Cartel.

When did I call you any names? I admitted a few posts ago that I believe that you're a nice guy.

Threaten you? You took that as a threat? I'm being serious--it's not a good look for you, that's all I'm saying.

Threaten you? What power do I possible hold to harm you? I was simply acknowledging the fact that we probably know some of the same people, like a lot of folks in the insular CW world. So what? What could I possibly tell them that they haven't already seen plastered all over the net? Everyone already knows how you roll online.

I doubt you know who I am. I'm not that important--no book, and still a PhD student; though--to answer your anon troll charge earlier--I've been pretty forthcoming about my information on these boards, from admissions announcements to pub announcements. Not exactly a good way to remain a troll.


(This post was edited by gcsumfa on Mar 6, 2010, 10:14 PM)


riptide


Mar 6, 2010, 10:08 PM

Post #1731 of 2090 (17637 views)
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Congrats! I'm enjoying envisioning these phone calls...and also envisioning how one could make a decision on geographic merits alone. You've got the two ideal situations there, mountains vs. ocean, never mind the actual (wonderful) programs themselves ;)

And LesK, you're unflappable.


bktv


Mar 6, 2010, 10:16 PM

Post #1732 of 2090 (17618 views)
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@Les That conference on short stories is right up my alley. I wish I had time to write a paper for the conference (but I just don't). Incidentally, one of the main (only?) short story "theorists" is Susan Lohafer, who teaches at Iowa, and was one of the main draws for me to apply to the critical program. I write short stories; I love short stories; I'm a short story advocate. Genre theory about the short story fascinates me.

@Seth I'm troubled by the description of the split between the IWW and the English department at Iowa. It was exactly the same way at USC with the english department and the MPW program. I firmly believe that healthier departments are more integrated. While there may always be distrust between creative writers and critics, I hated (at USC) having to petition and fight just to take ONE class in the english department. In the end, it never counted toward my degree. I've leery of entering into something similar at Iowa. But, if the summer classes could be worked out (e.g. the instructor has to approve my manuscript, but I don't have to pay for the class, since it is an official graduate Iowa offering), I could probably come to terms with it.

@bordercrosser Nice work with all of these apps! Congrats!


(This post was edited by bktv on Mar 6, 2010, 10:18 PM)


kliq


Mar 6, 2010, 10:25 PM

Post #1733 of 2090 (17608 views)
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Hi all,

Eleni Sikelianos called me today with an acceptance for Denver -- again while I was in transit without any means of writing anything down. But she started her phone call with, I'm calling from the U of D and are you coming? I had to ask, wait, are you accepting me? It sounds like she's made all her calls today & tomorrow (for 5? this is where I wish I had something to write with? spaces).

Hope you're all having great Saturdays! Talk soon.


Wow...great job!


gcsumfa


Mar 6, 2010, 10:33 PM

Post #1734 of 2090 (17593 views)
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What's the deal with Denver's funding situation? The last I heard, they only gave you 3 years, and you're on your own the 4th year; because it's a private school, it would suck to have to pay out-of-pocket the 4th year.


bordercrosser


Mar 6, 2010, 11:18 PM

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Yes, she told me 3 years of funding today, but I didn't get a chance to ask more -- in transit with a spilling cup of coffee, late for a rehearsal with a co-writer in tow, trying to pay the waitress etc. More to come though.


abcd

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Mar 6, 2010, 11:35 PM

Post #1736 of 2090 (17518 views)
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Ah bordercrosser that is so so exciting! I can't wait to hear what you decide! Such great options.


gcsumfa


Mar 7, 2010, 12:21 AM

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Yes, she told me 3 years of funding today, but I didn't get a chance to ask more -- in transit with a spilling cup of coffee, late for a rehearsal with a co-writer in tow, trying to pay the waitress etc. More to come though.


Ah, well, it sounds like you have some options. Are you still waiting to hear back from anyone else?


bordercrosser


Mar 8, 2010, 3:01 AM

Post #1738 of 2090 (17188 views)
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Thanks everyone!

Just checked my status online at Illinois State & it says, Final Admit, so am only waiting on Houston now.

For those who have been admitted, are you planning on visiting your schools? Have you been offered funding to do so? Is this common? From taking a look at last year's boards, it seems that several folks made the visit to help make their decision & seemed like some programs did offer that kind of support.

Hope everyone is well.


bktv


Mar 8, 2010, 11:57 AM

Post #1739 of 2090 (17096 views)
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Congrats bordercrosser! What factors do you think will most influence your decision?

In other news, I was finally accepted—at Tennessee off the waitlist. Big relief!

Best wishes for all those still waiting.


LesK
Les
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Mar 8, 2010, 12:16 PM

Post #1740 of 2090 (17068 views)
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Congrats bktv!!!

I know it's been a bit of a long road for you, and I'm delighted to hear that you'll have the chance to keep working @ Tennessee!

Cheers!

Les


kliq


Mar 8, 2010, 12:37 PM

Post #1741 of 2090 (17044 views)
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Congrats bktv! Awesome!


riptide


Mar 8, 2010, 12:49 PM

Post #1742 of 2090 (17026 views)
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Congratulations, bktv!!

On a related note, my god, these boards are addictive--the sturm und drang, the debates, the theme music, the happy endings? Especially the happy endings, as in all these acceptances!


bktv


Mar 8, 2010, 1:41 PM

Post #1743 of 2090 (16974 views)
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Thanks everyone!

@Les Yes, if you read this entire thread you will notice that this is my third year applying, and first acceptance into a creative PhD. So—multiple years can work!


bordercrosser


Mar 8, 2010, 2:28 PM

Post #1744 of 2090 (16921 views)
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Congrats bktv!!!!

Factors I'm weighing -- how much support the program is offering, location (as well as how easy or difficult to get to other places for readings, conferences etc), the range of aesthetics in the program + whether I think that my cohort + faculty I'd like to work with + faculty in other genres can help push my writing to a new level, diversity amongst the student body/faculty + outside community, community resources outside of the school (whether or not the community can make up for anything the school may not have), teaching + other opportunities ...

How are others making their decisions?

I think I'll be sitting & meditating for the days to come.

Good luck to everyone still waiting!


abcd

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Mar 8, 2010, 3:00 PM

Post #1745 of 2090 (16879 views)
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Congratulations, bktv! I have been following your story on the boards for the last few years and it is true--everyone loves a hard earned happy ending. Nice work, my friend!


Ms. Mystery


Mar 8, 2010, 4:29 PM

Post #1746 of 2090 (16810 views)
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Congratulations bktv and bordercrosser, and anybody else I may have missed. I've been taking a break from the boards for sanity purposes, but I'm glad to see your good news!

As for me, still no news, which at this point I don't necessarily think indicates good news. Ah, well. Still, you guys must be delighted, especially since this whole process is a regular bonecrusher.


TC3


Mar 9, 2010, 12:32 AM

Post #1747 of 2090 (16668 views)
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Has anyone heard *anything* from Ohio? So far, *nothing" has been posted on gradcafe under either "english" or "writing," and we're getting close to 2 months after the due date.

It seems that the program is extremely small (I counted 3 poetry PhDs listed as current grad students), so chances of getting in are nonexistent, but I'm still curious.


kliq


Mar 9, 2010, 12:46 AM

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Nope...so far silence from Ohio.


franz

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Mar 9, 2010, 12:14 PM

Post #1749 of 2090 (16544 views)
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Congrats Bordercrosser!

Were they making calls for poetry, fiction, or both?


Franz Knupfer, author of short stories and novels


bordercrosser


Mar 9, 2010, 12:21 PM

Post #1750 of 2090 (16535 views)
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Thanks! I'm poetry. I don't know if they were making calls for fiction at the same time, but imagine it must be a similar timeframe?

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