Oct 8, 2009, 2:22 PM
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Re: [fallingalice] Looking for Grads & Students of Low-Residency MFAs
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Just found this thread! YEAH for those of us embarking on a great new journey.
Honestly when I applied to programs I never thought I would be accepted. Surprisingly I was, to Antioch, Naropa and New England but I still haven't heard from WW or Pacific University.
Overall, I am really excited about the possibility of studying at Antioch. I love their focus on Social Justice.
I do wonder if anyone has any specific comments on Antioch or Naropa.
Having attend and completed my MFA at Naropa, one would think Iwould be a raving fan boy, but there are some things to consider. Overall, the program was excellent. In my day, it was still divided into Prose and Poetry concentrations, and I did not want a poetry concentration. I worked very well with my profs and got a lot from them. They were excellent, well published authors/teachers. The academics were challenging and focused on good work that could be published, knowing full well some students were there with no intention of publishing and that is just fine. On the flip side of this is the summer program which has not changed or grown (in context) in almost two decades. I was there in 98-2000, and the same people who had appeared in the summer program in 80'-90'swere there in 98-00 and were listed last summer as well. It's one thing to have a heritage, it's quite another to move forward. As long as the summer program is mandatory for graduation, as it was for me, I would ask about the general artisitc tone and direction of it.