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lytonyawename



Mar 26, 2006, 2:36 PM

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Re: [clarabow] waiting lists [In reply to] Can't Post

that's what i get... there are like 500 posts i haven't read and i'm getting people mixed up.
congrats again.

my own update: brown rejection in the mail yesterday. not from the department but the grad school. a little annoying given Iowa gave us individual letters actually from the department and signed by the department head. since i know where i'm going already though it doesn't hurt like it did to be rejected before i'd gotten in anywhere--so i can say, happily, that the pain can go away. i do think that it's not too late yet for people.... anybody apply to UNLV? i know for a fact that they haven't sent out acceptances yet... so...

for next time too: UNLV is a three yeaer MFA. They require you to go overseas to a non-english speaking country for a minimum of one academic semester during the third year (you can go the whole year though) and claim that they have had a good run at getting money for that purpose. they also have a deal with the peace corps--you do two years at the school, two years in the peace corps, and you turn in your thesis when you get back. plus, they also claim to offer TA's to most of the applicants and it's relatively cheap anyhow. if you don't mind Las Vegas (I think it's odd, but interesting odd) or the sand and dry and heat (I do mind, but was willing to try in anyway)--I think it could be cool.
The school kinda looks like an company complex of offices... so the campus isn't much to look at, but funding and overseas? anyway, it seemed like a lot of people didn't know about it, now you do a little.


littlecities


Mar 26, 2006, 3:01 PM

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Hi all,

I've been lurking for a while so now I'm speaking up!

My grad school tally (in at 3 schools):
UMass Amherst, Montana, and UNLV

My boyfriend (bigcities) is in at Johns Hopkins.

I have a tough choice to make. UMass and Montana are both awesome, but so different (more English lit classes at UMass, UMass is 3 years, Montana is 2 years, Amhest v. Missoula, James Tate v. Karen Volkman, and on and on!)

UNLV sounds really interesting to me, too, lytonyawename. 3 years with one semester abroad, or 4 years with one semester abroad and two years in the Peace Corps. Traveling is part of breathing for me, so that's why it's so appealing. Plus, here's their core faculty:

- Wole Soyinka (Poet, playwright, critic, received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986)
- Claudia Keelan (Iowa graduate, books on Alice James Books and U. Georgia Press)
- Aliki Barnstone (2 times nominated for the Pulitzer, PhD from UC Berkley, poetry & translation professor)
- Douglas A. Unger (Another Iowa guy, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, books on St. Martin's and WW Norton)
- Richard M. Wiley (Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award)

Ideally, it's a program where one would come out with a book-length manuscript, knowledge of at least 2 new languages, and a translation project. The thing I'm worried about is that it's such a new program it hasn't been tested aka too new to find sucessful alumni, though I might ask Ms. Keelan when I call her back if I can have some alumni email addresses.

Anyone else out there know anything about UNLV??

I'm going to UMass Amherst on Tuesday to meet with Dara Wier and sit in on her poetry workshop, I'm excited!!

Okay, computer is rotting my eyes out..

xo


(This post was edited by littlecities on Mar 26, 2006, 3:03 PM)


franz

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Mar 26, 2006, 3:51 PM

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littlecities,
Congrats on your great choices! I didn't know anything about UNLV but after reading your post I checked out the website and must admit that I'm blown away by the program. When I did my research on MFA programs, I was really disappointed to find that none of them emphasized or encouraged study abroad, as travel is really important to me too. I think the combination of the amazing faculty and the unique focus really stands out for UNLV. It seems like many programs have such a Eurocentric focus (which I guess makes sense since our MFAs focus on writing in English, after all), and it's so refreshing to see an internationally focused program.
I wouldn't worry about the history or the alumni situation at UNLV-- it's obviously an amazing program and dedicated to carving out its own niche. How is their funding situation compared to UMass and Montana? Have you done the TAship form for UMass? That's so important too, and if UNLV would fund your experience abroad... wow.
To me, the one downside of the UNLV program is living in Las Vegas, though I admit that my knowledge is based on stereotypes of the city and no actual experience. But even now, that would deter me from applying there. Location is so important to me.
On a side note, it looks like your boyfriend and I might be going to school together. I guess a big advantage of UMass is that it's not across the country from Baltimore. Anyway, sounds like you can't go wrong with any of those schools-- you've got three entirely distinct flavors to choose from.


Franz Knupfer, author of short stories and novels


almost


Mar 26, 2006, 4:00 PM

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UVA DAY? [In reply to] Can't Post

So, isn't Virginia supposed to be finalizing fiction decisions today? I read that somewhere, either here at PW or on LJ.


Clench Million
Charles

Mar 26, 2006, 4:27 PM

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Yes, they were supposed to have decided by the 26th.

I don't know anyone who has heard back from them in fiction yet though.


lavashlavash


Mar 26, 2006, 7:21 PM

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I applied to UNLV (in fiction) for the same reasons that you did. I haven't heard yet, and it's somewhat unlikely that I'd go there, but I really like a lot of things about the program. One thing to consider, however: Rumor has it that Wole Soyinka doesn't really teach.


riot grrrl


Mar 26, 2006, 7:45 PM

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UNLV'in [In reply to] Can't Post

What does Wole Sovinka do instead of teach?


sarandipidy


Mar 26, 2006, 8:02 PM

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Got my Brown (poetry) rejection. I've expected it ever since rereading the webpage a couple months ago and noticing that it's apparently, according to them, the center of the "American literary avant-garde," so I'm not too disappointed. We just don't match up.

The final list (short one for me)

Accepted: UMass-Amherst, UOregon
Rejected: Brown

I should be attending Oregon next Fall. They offer full funding, stipend and healthcare, and it's only a small group of 6 people. UMass is a little larger, which has its advantages, but I think I'd like the close-knit group more. Also, I'm pretty sure everyone is fully funded at UO so there shouldn't be that kind of competition. I really like the idea of such a small program. And my fiance is going to move out there for the second year, so I only have to deal with 9 months (with breaks!) of the long distance thing. So yay! I'm moving out West!


lavashlavash


Mar 26, 2006, 8:25 PM

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http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/2005/03/03/awsi3.html

Apparently, he gives an annual "Nobel Laureate Address."


almost


Mar 27, 2006, 3:01 PM

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OREGON REJECTION FICTION [In reply to] Can't Post

Was rejected by Oregon Fiction today - mail.


Still waiting to hear from Virginia, American, USF, Columbia College, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Boston, Arkansas and Purdue. Any word from these places?

Also, when do people accepted by Indiana fiction have to make a decision? Or Amherst?


Clench Million
Charles

Mar 27, 2006, 3:09 PM

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got my Houston fiction rejection yesterday.
Still waiting on:
JHU
UVA
New School
UCI
NYU (although I suspect this is a rejection if I've heard nothing yet)


JosephC


Mar 27, 2006, 3:14 PM

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Irvine is supposed be "mailing out letters by the end of the month." I suppose what they mean by "the end of the month" is "by the 31st of March", right? So that means they'll be making their calls this week, hopefully.

Did anyone here apply to Irvine? I haven't seen it listed or discussed nearly as much as other programs.

Anyone know anything?

Who's waiting (besides myself)?


jennymck


Mar 27, 2006, 3:23 PM

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Has anyone heard from:
Penn State
Hollins
Wilmington
Notre Dame

in nonfiction ... or in anything? Where are these schools? I'm getting very impatient. : (


ajmichaelis


Mar 27, 2006, 3:29 PM

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Lustra, when did you hear from St Mary's? How did they notify you?

Thanks!


lustra


Mar 27, 2006, 4:04 PM

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Hi, ajmichaelis. St Mary's contacted me by phone about a week ago.

Best,
Lustra


Stroudb

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Mar 27, 2006, 4:22 PM

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I just got my rejection letter from the Stegner (though I've known for a week). I applied to them last year, too, and in that rejection they simply said, basically, lots of people applied and you didn't get in and here's a list of who did.
But this rejection letter is different. Though they open it "Dear Writer" (which makes me suspicious), the letter is longer and says things like "we suspect that you will be successful on many future occassions in other circumstances . . . we look forward to following your growth as a writer."
Is this just their new rejection letter, or do they have a tier system like some journals? Anybody else get a letter from them or know anything about this?


boss22


Mar 27, 2006, 4:42 PM

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Re: [lustra] houston [In reply to] Can't Post

I was waitlisted for St. Mary's so if anyone is turning them down let me know!! They are one of my top choices.


lustra


Mar 27, 2006, 4:45 PM

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Good luck, mewboston. I don't know a thing about their admissions status. But I understand your feelings--I'm waitlisted at Michener, and want to go if they'll just let me in...

l.


rcwalker


Mar 27, 2006, 5:03 PM

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Does anyone know anything about the new MFA at Virginia Tech. I applied there, but haven't heard anything yet and am getting anxious.

Thanks


texasgurl
Stacy Patton Anderson

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Mar 27, 2006, 5:34 PM

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Re: [Stroudb] Stegner Rejection Letter [In reply to] Can't Post

That's the one I got. I think it's probably the letter that everybody got, but wasn't it a nice one? Made me want to apply again--someday.


Stacy Patton Anderson
http://family-of-five.com


fishy


Mar 27, 2006, 5:52 PM

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Re: [almost] OREGON REJECTION FICTION [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm sorry to hear about Oregon. That sucks.

I don't know anything about the other schools you applied to, but as for the School of the Art Institute, they've sent out acceptances & rejections. You should be hearing from them soon.


(This post was edited by fishy on Mar 27, 2006, 5:55 PM)


fishy


Mar 27, 2006, 5:58 PM

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I'm waitlisted too--Montana (poetry). If anyone is turning Montana down, please let me know. I really, really want to go there...


betp


Mar 27, 2006, 7:15 PM

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Re: [fishy] houston [In reply to] Can't Post

Do y'all think it is okay to email these schools and ask them your status? For acceptance? For waitlist? Is that tacky?

I'm getting anxious! I've been accepted a few places, but have been waitlisted from one school and have no word on another (of course, the two i'm hoping to attend!)

Goodness, it's almost april!


fishy


Mar 27, 2006, 7:37 PM

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Re: [betp] houston [In reply to] Can't Post

I think that's perfectly fine at this point. Usually if you're in or waitlisted, they'll tell you immediately. If not, then they'll tell you to expect a letter. At least that's been my experience, anyway.

Where are you waitlisted?


(This post was edited by fishy on Mar 27, 2006, 7:38 PM)


clarabow


Mar 27, 2006, 9:57 PM

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Re: [fishy] OREGON REJECTION FICTION [In reply to] Can't Post

Hey fishy -

SAIC???!?? Have you heard from them? Did they send out acceptances by mail, too? Ahh! Thanks for the info!

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