Carlow University

MFA Program

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Program Established: 
Pittsburgh, PA
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2-3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
25-30 per year
Application Deadline: 
Rolling Admissions
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Tess Barry, Interim 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 Gebler (Ireland faculty)

Nonfiction: Diane Glancy (U.S. faculty); Brian Leyden (Ireland faculty)

Distinguished Writer in Residence: Jan Beatty

Visiting Writers: Sandra Cisneros, Toi Derricotte, Anne Enright, Aracelis Girmay, James Allen Hall, Sapphire, Kate Wisel, Kevin Barry, Colette Bryce, Sinéad Gleeson, Elizabeth Kadetsky, Claire Keegan, Ada Limón, Annemarie Ni Churreain, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Mark O’Connell, Deesha Philyaw, Sam Quinones, Sejal Shah, Patricia Smith, Niall Williams


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.