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blarring


Mar 11, 2008, 10:44 AM

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I was waiting for someone to ask him that! Come on, Jason, you knew that question was coming;)

Thanks



B. Lynn Arrington
"A Southerner talks music." --Mark Twain



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danielaolsz


Mar 11, 2008, 10:48 AM

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And, um, if you could find out about poetry, that would be swell.


hamlet3145


Mar 11, 2008, 1:16 PM

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I only heard about nonfiction. =) I will say that when I got in, I did not get an e-mail or phone call--I got a letter. And this is Montana so snail mail might take a few days depending on where you are located.


lindseymorrone


Mar 12, 2008, 3:32 PM

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Montana Report: Someone on Seth's blog reported being called by Kevin Canty for fiction this afternoon.


ali888


Mar 12, 2008, 4:35 PM

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I can't help but suspect these application numbers (not that anyone is stretching the truth, but that there has to have been a mistake or something); they seem too low to me too. Anyone have any thoughts on this, or know average application numbers in past years for various genres at Montana? Probably not common knowledge at all, but the numbers I've been hearing about from other schools seem higher (schools that are comparable or "lower ranked"--whatever that means--than Montana).


bennyprof


Mar 12, 2008, 4:38 PM

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I think the location probably turns some people away. Some of the city folks, maybe. Just a thought.


lindseymorrone


Mar 12, 2008, 4:39 PM

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It does seem low, which will only make me feel worse if I don't get in...No ringing phone yet. Anyone else heard anything?


ali888


Mar 12, 2008, 4:56 PM

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BTW, I get the feeling that most MFA applicants really are at the end of their ropes now, since the conclusion of the Wire means that it can no longer serve as an alternate obsession.


miss.modular


Mar 12, 2008, 5:07 PM

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I was shocked to hear there were so few fiction apps at Montana, too...I don't get it.


lindseymorrone


Mar 12, 2008, 5:09 PM

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Quote from Seth's blog: "Oh. And in response to earlier comments about Montana: I called them as well. Their rep said they're only just beginning to make decisions/notifications for fiction and that they won't have completely decided until the end of the week."


miss.modular


Mar 12, 2008, 11:30 PM

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Well, I'm out of the running. Got my rejection letter from Montana today (I live in Seattle). Good luck to those who got in and to those who are waiting.


bennyprof


Mar 13, 2008, 12:23 AM

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Bummer.

Well, I'll probably be right there with you in a few days. From what I've heard (and judging from the kind of stuff recently published by their alumns) the stories I included in my sample -- even if the writing is strong enough to put me into consideration -- isn't really up their alley, aesthetic-wise.

Who knows, though. I've given up trying predict these things.


miss.modular


Mar 13, 2008, 12:39 AM

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You know what's funny is that in Montana's FAQ, they state that they don't favor a particular aesthetic. But I guess taste, any kind of taste, operates on a subconscious level. What's your take on their current aesthetic?


bennyprof


Mar 13, 2008, 2:38 AM

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I don't know. Now that I think about it, it'd probably be wrong (and misguided) of me to speculate. I've never sat in on a workshop there or spoken to any past or present students in person, not to mention the fact that I'm not all that good at assigning aesthetic designations in the first place.

Jason would be the right guy to ask, I think.

Though, if you've read God of Animals or The Farther Shore (and I've only read bits and pieces of each), from what I can tell they're both fairly straight-forward stories. That's not to imply a lack of complexity, but less of a leaning toward the experimental or postmodern traditions.

This may or may not reflect Montana's overall aesthetic. After all, that's taking a sample of only two alumni out of dozens over that past five years. But even if it does, I suspect the same trend can probably be found at most programs.

-B


bennyprof


Mar 13, 2008, 12:05 PM

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...I also get mixed up with the terms, especially when it comes to the types of realism: post-realism, rough realism, new realism, magic realism, surrealism, stir-fried realism, realism with a side of bacon...

It's all too much to keep straight, so I don't even try.

(I get minimalism, though. I think.)


miss.modular


Mar 13, 2008, 1:00 PM

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Haha! I hear you, B. I i'm a fan of stir-fried realism myself. Delicious for the mind and mouth.


girlonfoot


Mar 13, 2008, 6:41 PM

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Also got my Montana rejection in the mail yesterday (Washington, D.C.). Was mad-bummed, since I was hoping to combine the best things in life there (writing and mountains). But, then I drank a beer, caught up on Lost, and decided to write a novel before I go through this mess again NEXT year. I then drank another beer, scrounged some pity from the dog and my missus, read a little of Jitterbug Perfume, and this morning I felt significantly better. Best of luck to all still waiting to hear. Hope you get in.


Yugao


Mar 13, 2008, 6:57 PM

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I just got my Montana rejection too. It's okay, because I think there is no way my husband would have agreed to move there at this point.


bennyprof


Mar 14, 2008, 12:05 AM

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Yep, mine came today too. Incidentally, the envelope was very small, the letter cleverly folded. Sort of cool, I thought. Unique, anyway.


pareidolia


Mar 14, 2008, 12:13 AM

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I wonder if they will accept anyone by postal or if they called everyone they wanted. I just thought I'd hear more than the three or four acceptances on these blogs since their program is pretty big.

Wishful thinking...


hamlet3145


Mar 14, 2008, 12:36 AM

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In workshop tonight I asked Dee how how admissions were going and she said that five people have been called for fiction. Those are not all the people who will be admitted, but these are the initial people offered TAs. Note the word, initial. The longer you go without a rejection letter in your mailbox, the more likely you will get either a phone call or an acceptance letter.

I should also mention that there are going to be a number of people offered admission, but not funding. If you are one of these people, and Montana is your dream school, there are ways to make it work and various loop holes to take advantage of. I'd be happy to give those folks the low down.


P.S. I was accepted by a letter not a phone call.


aathema


Mar 14, 2008, 11:16 AM

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I'd like to echo Jason here: if you haven't received a rejection yet, there's still hope. Back in 2006, I didn't get the call until April 10th or so, and I was offered a TA.






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ali888


Mar 14, 2008, 1:40 PM

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Question for current Montana students: Montana is a 2-year program, right? Is it possible to finish in 3 years (take an extra year)? Does that happen often? If so, do students with a TA their 2nd year get a TA for that extra 3rd year if they take an extra year to finish, or are students with TAships only funded for 2 years?


hamlet3145


Mar 14, 2008, 1:59 PM

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If you are funded, you get the TA for two years. You don't have to graduate in two years though. The graduate college's policy is that you need to graduate within five. A number of those without TAs take longer to graduate in order to spread out the cost and to get residency.

To sum up: you could take 3 years, but you would be unfunded for the 3rd.


meadowlands1


Mar 15, 2008, 8:37 AM

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Hi all. Received a call on the 7th, but am waiting for a formal mailed acceptance. Want to say no to another program and job, or at least hold on until I get hard info from MT. Despite the wonderful call, I won't be completely calm until I see the offer and funding in writing. Anybody get in and receive this stuff in post?

Jason or anyone else in the know-- can you speak to job opportunity in Missoula? (concerned about spouse). Thanks.

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