Carlow University

MFA Program

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Program Established: 
Pittsburgh, PA
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2-3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
20-25 per year
Application Deadline: 
Rolling Admissions
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Tess Barry, Program Director
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Richard Blanco, Gerry LaFemina, Lee Ann Roripaugh, Judith Vollmer (U.S. faculty); Jean O'Brien, Enda Wyley (Ireland faculty)

Fiction: Joseph Bathanti, Karin Lin-Greenberg, Geeta Kothari (U.S. faculty); Evelyn Conlon, Carlo Gébler, Niall Williams (Ireland faculty)

Nonfiction: Diane Glancy, Gerry LaFemina, Sarah Shotland (U.S. faculty); Brian Leyden (Ireland faculty)

Visiting Writers in the U.S. and Ireland: Dilruba Ahmed, Kevin Barry, Jo Ann Beard, Claire-Louise Bennett, Colette Bryce, Sandra Cisneros, Toi Derricotte, Anne Enright, Aracelis Girmay, Sinéad Gleeson, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Seán Hewitt, Elizabeth Kadetsky, Claire Keegan, Yusef Komunyakaa, Nick Laird, Ada Limón, Lisa McInerney, Paula Meehan, Rebecca Morgan Frank, Annemarie Ni Churreain, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Mark O’Connell, Joseph, O’Connor, Glenn Patterson, Deesha Philyaw, Francine Prose, Sam Quinones, Donal Ryan, Sapphire, Sejal Shah, Clint Smith, Patricia Smith, Tracy K. Smith, Nick White, Kate Wisel, Kao Kalia Yang, Nidhi Zak

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers partial teaching assistantships, graduate assistantships, and travel scholarships to Ireland.

Other Features: 

Students attend two 11-day residencies each year: a January residency at the Carlow University campus in Pittsburgh, and a June residency at the Trinity College campus in Dublin, Ireland. Students have the opportunity to work with both US and Irish faculty. The program also offers coursework on professional development and post-MFA life.