Boise State University

MFA Program

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Program Established: 
Boise, ID
Poetry, Fiction
3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
January 15, 2022
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Kim Wilcox
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Martin Corless-Smith (Director), Emily Pittinos, Taryn Schwilling, Kerri Webster
Fiction: Nicole Cullen, Mary Pauline Lowry, Ridley Pearson, Brady Udall, Mitch Wieland

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers full funding. All students receive a teaching or graduate assistantship position with full tuition waiver, health benefits, and a stipend of $11,450 for each of the three years. All teaching assistantships are in creative writing. Graduate assistantships include opportunities to work with the program's affiliated small presses.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

This program features a semester-long Visiting Distinguished Writers Series; recent visiting writers include Bhanu Kapil, Joy Williams, Pierre Joris, Denis Johnson, and Anthony Doerr. Forrest Gander will attend in Fall 2021. The MFA Reading Series brings renowned authors to campus throughout the school year. Courses are available in form and theory, translation, playwriting, screenwriting, as well as editing, design, and publishing.

Along with the core faculty, students have access to Thesis Faculty that have included Joy Williams, Rick Bass, Bhanu Kapil, Anthony Doerr, and Rebecca Wolff.


Erin Belair, Tim Griffith, Cynthia Hand, Al Heathcock, Meghan Kenny, Adrian Kien, Tyler McMahon, Jackie Polzin, JR Walsh, Karena Youtz, Katie Fuller, Scot Abels, Mary Pauline Lowry.