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clarabow


Mar 23, 2006, 10:00 PM

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I'd like to get a feel for where published authors went for their MFAs (if they went somewhere for their MFAs).

Here's a start:

Erin McGraw (MFA Indiana University; New York Times Notable Book of the Year)
Jhumpa Lahiri (Boston U. MA Creative Writing Program; Pulitzer Prize winner)
Adam Haslett (Iowa MFA Program)
Dean Young (MFA Indiana University)
Agymah Kamau (MFA Virginia Commonwealth University; Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers author)
David Anthony Durham (MFA The University of Maryland; author of at least two NY Times Notable Books)
Elizabeth Kostova (MFA The University of Michigan)
Noy Holland (MFA The University of Florida)
Eileen FitzGerald (MFA Indiana University; New York Times Notable Book of the Year)


These are off the top of my head, so feel free to jump in at any time!


(This post was edited by motet on Mar 24, 2006, 10:16 AM)


Dr. Bathybius


Mar 23, 2006, 10:31 PM

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David Foster Wallace (Arizona--hated it)

Rick Moody (Columbia--hated it)

Judy Budnitz (Columbia--already had a book deal; loved it, surprisingly)

Aimee Bender, Michael Chabon (UC Irvine--loved it)

George Saunders (Syracuse--wasted time writing bad realist stuff)

Adam Johnson (McNeese and Florida)

Steve Almond (UNC-somewhere, methinks. Always praising the Academy.)

Everyone Else (Iowa--loved it, hated it--everyone was good beforehand?)


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sibyline


Mar 23, 2006, 10:56 PM

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Cornell: Lorrie Moore, Junot Diaz, Stewart O'Nan, Toni Morrison (sort of).
Brown: Jeffrey Eugenides, Edwidge Danticat
BU: Jhumpa Lahiri, Ha Jin, Peter Ho Davies (all in the same class)
Iowa: Lan Samantha Chang, Adam Haslett, ZZ Packer, &c, &c
Columbia: Nicole Krauss

I was wondering: any well-known writers come out of JHU?


clarabow


Mar 23, 2006, 11:03 PM

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Toni Morrison did not do an MFA degree.


sibyline


Mar 23, 2006, 11:10 PM

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that's why i said sort of. :) she got an english m.a. though... dunno if she took creative writing classes.


Dr. Bathybius


Mar 23, 2006, 11:12 PM

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Are we doing undergrad, too? Because that way, we'd include many more famous peeps. Such as:

PYNCHON--CORNELL!
Vollmann--CORNELL!
ee cummings--HARVARD!
Fitzgerald--PRINCETON!


viviandarkbloom


Mar 23, 2006, 11:18 PM

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Jeffery Eugenides went to Brown for undergrad and Stanford for grad. That's according to some vague online bio I saw somewhere. It said he got his MA at Stanford, which I guess means for lit., but maybe they meant he was a Stegner fellow? Anyway, what I meant to say is: I read his introduction for the new edition of John Hawkes' Second Skin (who was his teacher at Brown) while loitering, homeless man-style, in the bookstore, and it was quite inspiring.

As for JHU, I know ZZ Packer went there before Iowa. And so did John Barth. AND: Gertrude Stein went there... but not for writing -- good god, not for writing! For medicine, I think. Can you imagine being in a workshop with Gertrude Stein?


sibyline


Mar 23, 2006, 11:21 PM

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Kurt Vonnegut also went to Cornell for undergrad, in Chemistry! :)


viviandarkbloom


Mar 23, 2006, 11:35 PM

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Syracuse: Aside from George Saunders, Dan Chaon and Tom Perrotta.

I'm confused about Carver: I thought he just went to Chico State. Did he also go to Iowa? I thought he just taught there. Where did he study under John Gardner?


Dr. Bathybius


Mar 23, 2006, 11:44 PM

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Jay McInerney studied at Syracuse...under Raymond Carver. Later they palled around and got drunk and harassed Tess in NYC.


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lavashlavash


Mar 23, 2006, 11:48 PM

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UC Irvine: Richard Ford, Maile Meloy, Alice Sebold, Danzy Senna, Helena Viramontes
Michener: Alix Ohlin
Florida: Chris Bachelder
Oregon: Chang-rae Lee
Brown: Heather McGowan


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rapunzel1983
Marisa Lee

Mar 23, 2006, 11:51 PM

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Montana: Andrew Sean Greer (Confessions of Max Tivoli)
Arizona: Kevin Canty
Iowa: Curtis Sittenfeld (Prep)

okay, lost my train of thought


viviandarkbloom


Mar 24, 2006, 12:25 AM

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Borges went to Iowa. He was in the same class as Stephen Crane. They used to get into fistfights after class.

Also: Evelyn Waugh went to Irvine and studied under George Eliot. Rumor has it they had an affair, producing one gender-confused child.


sanssoleil
Chris
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Mar 24, 2006, 12:34 AM

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I have MFA's from Brown, Iowa, Syracuse, Columbia and Cornell.


viviandarkbloom


Mar 24, 2006, 12:46 AM

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In Reply To
I have MFA's from Brown, Iowa, Syracuse, Columbia and Cornell.


I also have MFA's from these schools! ... They're in my basement... I'm holding them hostage for addmission.


rapunzel1983
Marisa Lee

Mar 24, 2006, 12:59 AM

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Hahhaha, i wanna get like 2 more MFA degrees after this one.

Poetry and nonfiction.


clarabow


Mar 24, 2006, 1:04 AM

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i have an MFA from your mom.


Dr. Bathybius


Mar 24, 2006, 1:44 AM

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Yes, I hear she's not very choosy, admitting up to 300 men per semester...


andfw


Mar 24, 2006, 1:59 AM

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Really? In all the interviews I've read, he was ambivalent about his MFA experience. Just like pretty much everybody else in the universe. He didn't hate it too much to keep him from coming back to read here a few years ago.


In Reply To
David Foster Wallace (Arizona--hated it)



Clench Million
Charles

Mar 24, 2006, 2:19 AM

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Notable Iowa graduates: Raymond Carver (didn't finish), Denis Johnson, Mark Strand, John Cheever, TC Boyle, Robert Bly, Rita Dove, Andre Dubus, Adam Haslett, John Irving, ZZ Packer, Flannery O'Conner, Wallace Stegner, James Tate.

Some Columbia gradutates (from their "recent book jackets" page of the webstie):
Jonathan Ames, Rick Moody, Gregory Orr.


Dr. Bathybius


Mar 24, 2006, 2:22 AM

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In Hiddeously Fun, he describes his AZ experience as a 'master of masturbatory arts'. He also pretty funnily reductio'd the writing 'rules' forced on him by teachers, pointing out various inconsistencies, such as how even professors' stories were not in fact 'timeless', because people are using cars and telephones and speaking post-war English and so on... Mostly it seems like there was a disconnect between his teachers' views of writing and his own. Lately he did recant a few of his criticisms in an audio interview online.

It's funny that in many cases, schools eagerly point out famous alumni, but the alumni accounts, if you seek them out, are not so nice. Rick Moody is another fine example..


sanssoleil
Chris
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Mar 24, 2006, 2:36 AM

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Jesus, has Iowa produced any decent writers.
I mean, Flannery's okay, I guess.
Lovecraft went to Miskatonic, where I got my BA in Bullshit.


andfw


Mar 24, 2006, 3:20 AM

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I haven't read that essay. I had read some of the more recent interviews in which he doesn't seem to say that he thought it was particulary productive, but it didn't seem as if he hated it, either. I've talked to a lit professor who hung out with him when he came to read, and I think the exact word he used to describe DFW's take on the program was "ambivalent". He didn't speak unkindly of anybody, even the profs who couldn't or wouldn't attend his reading.

Like I said in another thread, the program seems always to mention Russo, Nelson, Canty, and a few others I can't think of off the top of my head rather than Wallace. That might have something to do with the more traditional aesthetic, but I don't know that I really want to go into that too much here.


clarabow


Mar 24, 2006, 9:38 AM

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Holly Payne (The Virgin's Knot" got her MFA from USC.

Mary Ward Brown studied Creative Writing at Alabama and UNC (I'm not sure which degree was where).


clarabow


Mar 24, 2006, 9:39 AM

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Do you really want to get 2 more MFAs, Rapunzel?
1983? Aw, the youngsters. Those were the days, 4 years ago!

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