MFA ProgramSee writers who attended this program
Poetry: Timothy Donnelly, Dorothea Lasky, Shane McCrae, Deborah Paredez, Lynn Xu
Fiction: Paul Beatty, Anelise Chen, Nicholas Christopher, Deborah Eisenberg, Richard Ford, Rivka Galchen, Heidi Julavits, Binnie Kirshenbaum, Victor LaValle, Sam Lipsyte, Ben Marcus, Orhan Pamuk, Gary Shteyngart, Alan Ziegler
Nonfiction: Hilton Als, Lis Harris, Leslie Jamison, Margo Jefferson, Richard Locke, Phillip Lopate, Wendy S. Walters
Translation: Susan Bernofsky
Recent Adjunct Faculty: Gila Ashtor, Hannah Assadi, Corinna Barsan, Diksha Basu, Keri Bertino, Matthew Burgess, James Cañón, Joshua Cohen, CAConrad, Jay Deshpande, Katrina Dodson, Thom Donovan, Monica Ferrell, BK Fischer, Ruth Franklin, Ru Freeman, Josh Furst, Alan Gilbert, Rebecca Godfrey, Jason Gots, Benjamin Hale, Gabe Hudson, Morgan Jerkins, Nailini Jones, Madhu Kaza, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, Tan Lin, Daniel Magariel, Erroll McDonald, Lynn Melnick, Jennifer Percy, Alice Quinn, Camille Rankine, Sarah Rothenberg, Elissa Schappell, Bela Shayevich, Ira Silverberg, Ross Simonini, Lynn Steger Strong, Benjamin Taylor, Lara Vapnyar, Maria Venegas, Bill Wadsworth, Brenda Wineapple, Kate Zambreno
The program offers partial funding, including administrative and teaching fellowships, research assistantships, scholarships, and internships.
A joint course of study in literary translation known as Literary Translation at Columbia (LTAC).
Events, readings, and conversations throughout the year, including the Creative Writing Lectures, Nonfiction Dialogues, Life After the MFA panels, student reading series, and the Columbia Selects MFA Alumni Reading Series at KGB Bar.
Columbia Artist/Teachers (CA/T) provides MFA teachers with training and teaching opportunities on and off campus, with students of all ages and levels.
The Incarcerated Artists Project (IAP), a consortium of Columbia University School of the Arts student-run programs serving those impacted by mass incarceration.
Our Word, a student group promoting diversity within the Writing Program and in the broader literary community.
Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, a student-run literary magazine.
Elisa Albert, Mia Alvar, Jonathan Ames, Hannah Assadi, Jesse Ball, Mary Jo Bang, Mandy Berman, Lucie Brock-Broido, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Tina Chang, Emma Cline, Henri Cole, Kiran Desai, Stephen Dubner, Peter Farrelly, Lexi Freiman, Matt Gallagher, Philip Gourevitch, Eliza Griswold, Marie Howe, Katrine Øgaard Jensen, Mat Johnson, Owen King, Alexandra Kleeman, Rachel Kushner, Catherine Lacey, Stephen McCauley, Campbell McGrath, Dinaw Mengestu, Susan Minot, Rick Moody, Diana Khoi Nguyen, Sigrid Nunez, Julie Otsuka, Gregory Pardlo, Martin Pousson, Richard Price, Claudia Rankine, Karen Russell, Vijay Seshadri, Brenda Shaughnessy, Mona Simpson, Sarah Smarsh, Tracy K. Smith, Wells Tower, Mai Der Vang, Adam Wilson