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lois f


Dec 12, 2007, 12:45 PM

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jsw, thanks. i've been lurking around here too and my list is pretty similar to yours. given the acceptance rates at some of these schools, i'm not sure what my chance of getting in might be, but i'm keeping my fingers crossed. for what it's worth, here's where i'm applying:


Houston
Hollins
Michigan
Iowa
NYU
George Mason
Syracuse
Montana
Arizona
Alabama
Ohio State

by the way, any idea what the funding is like at alabama?



rppohl


Dec 12, 2007, 5:30 PM

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Hi all
I'll join in. My list is:
michigan
cornell
wisconsin
minnesota
notre dame
indiana
Western michigan
Bowling Green
Purdue
I think some of these schools are going to be busy going through a lot of applications


golic


Dec 12, 2007, 6:39 PM

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Boy, you guys are making me nervous. My list is pretty small in comparison. Here it is:

University of Oregon
San Fransisco State
Iowa (long shot, I know)
UC Davis
USC
Arizona State

Trying to stay on the west coast mainly. Maybe I should apply to some more???


BLUECHEESE


Dec 12, 2007, 7:25 PM

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I think it depends on what you're looking for... but if you just really want to go to an MFA, and be funded, you might want to spread out a bit more... are you fiction or poetry? I don't know much on the fiction side of things...

but...
U. of Washington
Colorado State
Boise State
Las Vegas

all have great programs... (well, in poetry for sure... you could check into the fiction, I'm sure if the poetry side is good, the fiction is probably on a similar level? Not for sure... but yeah)


pareidolia


Dec 17, 2007, 2:46 AM

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I'll stop lurking and post my schools as well...for poetry

Montana
UMass
Colorado State
Arizona State
UBC
University of Washington
University of Oregon


rdowney


Dec 18, 2007, 8:51 PM

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I have eight.

Brown
Michigan
Michener (UT)
Notre Dame
Virginia
Vanderbilt
Illinois
Columbia College (Chi)

I have much debt.


rdowney


Dec 18, 2007, 8:52 PM

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Oh, I am applying for poetry. I hope I was not this forgetful with my apps.


Stewbags


Dec 19, 2007, 12:19 PM

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I'll add to the mix here. Many thanks to all for your insight over the past few months (similar thank you posted in "Application Time" thread). In no particular order, the schools I applied to for poetry:

PhD:

Cornell
Utah
USC
Georgia
Albany

MFA:

Michigan
NYU
Michener (UT)
Irvine
Syracuse
Washington
UMass
Vanderbilt

I'll probably send an app to St. Mary's as well to avoid unlucky 13. Yes, 14 apps is a lot, and it costs a lot. And yes, more lottery tickets are better.

Oh, and the only reason I didn't apply to Virginia is because I went there for my undergrad and have worked with all of the MFA faculty. I can't speak highly enough of Dove, Wright, Orr and the entire department. If undergrad poets weren't encouraged to work with new writers for their graduate work, I would be heading straight back to Charlottesville, for sure.

Best of luck to everyone!

S


gainson


Dec 19, 2007, 12:29 PM

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i guess i'll throw my hat in the ring too. i'm applying to the following for fiction:

Sarah Lawrence
Columbia
New School
Emerson
Iowa
Brown
Houston
Johns Hopkins

Iowa is probably top on my list with Hopkins at a close second.


HopperFu


Dec 19, 2007, 12:38 PM

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Hi Stewbags,
I just wanted to make sure that you knew that in applying for the Cornell program there is not a Ph.D. in creative writing / poetry. You can apply jointly - that is, you can apply for both the MFA program as a poet and the Ph.D. program as a ... uh, scholar? - but I am almost certain you have to actually apply to both and be accepted by both.
I'm hoping that I just misread of your post.


Stewbags


Dec 19, 2007, 12:46 PM

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Hey Hopper,

Yes, I'm aware that Cornell only offers the scholarly/traditional PhD...which makes my classification a bit off. Sorry about that. They do, however, treat it as a joint degree program, thus reducing the average time it takes to complete both compared to some other programs.

The PhD seems to be a bit of a strange animal depending on the institution. There are those that offer an actual creative degree, those that offer a traditional PhD with the option to present a creative dissertation, and those that only offer the traditional (like Cornell).


HopperFu


Dec 19, 2007, 1:24 PM

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Thank god. I got really anxious and realized I was gritting my teeth...
The people I know in the dual program have really seemed to love it - the best of both worlds, I think - and yes, you are right in terms of timeline. Since they are done concurrently you don't have to be in school forever. I'm a believer in the MFA over the creative writing Ph.D., but I do think that a traditional, purely academic Ph.D. (like you get at Cornell) paired with an MFA certainly opens up opportunities.
Good luck. I hope you get into both programs.


pianississimo


Dec 19, 2007, 1:45 PM

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Alright. So just starting to research here... (I'll be applying for 2009). Here's what I'm looking at now. I'd like to have a couple of "up-and-comings" on the list, and I feel like most of these lean more toward "prestigious." But like I said, I'm just beginning to research, so I'm not certain. I'd love your input! Thanks a bouquet.

Iowa
Minnesota
Michigan
Northern Michigan
Western Michigan
Wisconsin
Illinois
Indiana
Ohio
Montana

edit: forgot to mention I'm applying for poetry.


(This post was edited by pianississimo on Dec 19, 2007, 2:27 PM)


rppohl


Dec 19, 2007, 1:50 PM

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Western Michigan is affiliated with the Prague Program, so you'd have the opportunity to spend 4 weeks there--it is a pretty intense 4 weeks but there's time to enjoy the city. If you're applying for fiction, Jaimy Gordon is an absolute gem as a teacher. I've heard good things about Bill Olson and Nancy Eimers on the poetry side. There is a pretty good publication rate among the mfa students too, and Third Coast is a decent literary journal.


stephkarto1
Stephanie Kartalopoulos

Dec 19, 2007, 2:02 PM

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So I already have my MFA and am applying to PhDs this time around (for poetry & I have already been a good doobie and have been posting in the CRW PhD board on here...). Only 4 schools--which leaves me with such horrendous chances (there are horrendous chances anyway with the PhD applications)--but there are really only 4 programs that interest me. And they are:

Missouri
Utah
Houston
Florida State

Good luck to all applicants!!!


Lynn Costes


Dec 19, 2007, 2:26 PM

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Hey Planississimo,

That's basically the list. You might also want to add Ohio State and Purdue and maybe Cincinnati, though that might just be for Ph.Ds.

Many, many thanks to everyone for all of your posts on this thread! Now that the last of my apps are in the mail, I can finally have a drink and relax before I start fretting about where I'm going to get in (ha!). And well, since it's all over now, I guess there's no harm in sharing my list too:

I only applied to one M.A. Program (Hollins College in Roanoke, VA). The rest are pretty much in the D.C. area, with the exception of Penn State and the Iowa program:

Univ. Maryland, College Park
George Mason Univ.
Johns Hopkins
UVA
Iowa Writers' Workshop
PSU

One last thing, should I not get into any of these programs, does anyone know of some good continuing ed. type workshops in the D.C. area, specifically Bethesda?

Cheers, and good luck to everyone!
Lynn


rpc
ryan call

Dec 19, 2007, 9:41 PM

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lynn

you might try the Writers Center in Bethesda?


good luck with apps, pm me if you have questions about mason (that offer is open to others as well)


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navybuttons


Dec 19, 2007, 10:00 PM

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brown
University of Virginia
NYU
Columbia
Brooklyn
Notre Dame
Iowa
Houston
Austin
UCI
Cal State San Francisco

one time dealer!

good luck to all.


Lynn Costes


Dec 20, 2007, 12:03 AM

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rpc,

Thanks! That's great to know. I'm hoping to get into an MFA Program, but it's good to know there are other options out there.

Lynn


chitown


Dec 20, 2007, 7:49 PM

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At the last minute, my bank account is nearly bottomed out and I need to cut 2 or 3 schools from my list. Does anyone know about the funding situation at UMass Amherst? I know they offer teaching assistantships, but I wonder if this is enough to live in Amherst...

Also, University of Georgia (PhD). If anyone can speak to how much this program emphasizes writing instead of literature, I'd appreciate it.

Possible others on the chopping block... Indiana, Bowling Green, and Binghamton.

Here's my list, by the by:

University of Georgia
Florida State University
UVA
Iowa
JHU
Indiana
UMass Amherst
Binghamton University
Bowling Green State
Cornell (app sent)
Irvine (app sent)

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dunnkc


Dec 20, 2007, 8:12 PM

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Here's my list of schools (if my recommenders bother to get my letters back to me in time!!!):

University of Houston
University of Texas -- Michener
University of Iowa
Texas State University at San Marcos
University of Georgia
San Diego State University
University of California -- Irvine
Johns Hopkins University
University of Arizona
Warren Wilson (low res)
University of Arkansas

11 total -- and only one recommender has gotten letters back to me so far!


HopperFu


Dec 20, 2007, 9:24 PM

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In Reply To
Possible others on the chopping block... Indiana, Bowling Green, and Binghamton.

In Reply To

I've heard a lot of good things about Indiana.


bedefan


Dec 20, 2007, 9:34 PM

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There are some other Midwest schools as well. Washington U is St. Louis which offers excellent funding and has Mary Jo Bang on the poetry faculty. Then there's U Kansas in Lawrence (great town) which has Kenneth Irby (great poet) on the faculty as well. In Minnesota, Mankato State (not a prestigious school, but it's in a nice region--not sure how the poetry teachers are though) gives surprisingly decent funding for an unknown program, comparable to Montana or Arkansas.

I'm doing the "apply to Midwest poetry programs" thing right now, actually I just sent off my apps today. I applied to

Notre Dame
Indiana
Illinois
Iowa (in translation, not poetry)
Washington U StL
Kansas
Arkansas (in translation AND poetry)

I was going to apply to Minnesota, but I know some poets in the Twin Cities (one avant-garde, one traditional) who all strongly recommended AGAINST that school. And since it was more than one poet in agreement that the poetry program at U Minn. was not a fun place to be (in spite of their stellar funding... sigh...), and since the poetry of Ray Gonzalez and Michael Dennis Browne doesn't blow me away, I just decided to skip it.

I thought about Montana, but my "Midwest" is rather Missouri-centered, which made Montana too far away and made Arkansas plenty close.


navybuttons


Dec 21, 2007, 3:42 AM

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____________________________________________________________________________________________
Here's my list of schools (if my recommenders bother to get my letters back to me in time!!!):

University of California -- Irvine

11 total -- and only one recommender has gotten letters back to me so far!
____________________________________________________________________________________________

You might want to make that list 10 total.

UCI's deadline was the 15th.

good luck.


phillywriter


Dec 21, 2007, 4:18 AM

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Well here is where I applied so far:

Boston University
Pittsburgh
Penn St.
Iowa
Illinois
Ohio State
Western Michigan
Southern Illinois
University of Houston
Johns Hopkins

I'm still thinking about adding another couple schools...if I haven't missed their deadlines yet. So does anyone know the scoop on the Alabama Program? I know Tony Early went there, but that's about all I know. I'm also thinking about Rutgers because I heard the faculty there is pretty good, or at least for fiction they are...

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