Annual MFA Issue Including Profiles of Natasha Trethewey, Emma Straub, Larry Fagin

New York, NY -- The September/October 2012 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine features the 2013 MFA Index, with detailed information about 85 full-residency and 29 low-residency graduate writing programs.
This is the sixth year that Poets & Writers Magazine has offered a special section on MFA programs. "The MFA can be an expensive proposition," says Mary Gannon, editorial director of Poets & Writers, Inc., "so helping applicants make a considered, well-informed decision has become a key part of our service to the community of writers."
In order to provide potential applicants a reliable source of up-to-date information, Poets & Writers Magazine's editorial team dedicated months to research and independent fact-checking, says Gannon. "While you might expect that most of the information in the Index would be easy to find online, in fact it is not, making an apples-to-apples comparison really tricky." (A detailed description of how this year's Index was compiled is posted online.)

The 2013 MFA Index provides potential applicants a wide range of information to consider, including popularity, selectivity, funding, student-faculty ratio, fellowship placement, job placement, and more. Poets & Writers' companion online MFA database lists information about 210 programs, including core faculty, admission deadlines, and contact information for each program.
In related articles, Gregory Spatz posits that creative writing can be taught; Lee Gutkind outlines what to look for in a creative nonfiction MFA program; Oscar Cásares of the University of Texas takes a close look at an exceptional student manuscript; and we provide a roundup of new books by MFA program faculty.


  • -  Kevin Nance talks to U.S. poet laureate Natasha Trethewey about how she found her voice
  • -  Eryn Loeb considers Emma Straub's life in letters (so far)  
  • -  And Porter Fox looks at Larry Fagin's alternative to the MFA: classes conducted in his New York City apartment


News & Trends, available in print and online, includes an article on VIDA, an organization dedicated to promoting gender parity in publishing, as well as a Q&A with Deborah Landau, director of NYU's creative writing program, on the university's new MFA Writers Workshop in Paris.

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