Columbia University School of the Arts

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MFA Program

Program Established: 
1968
Location: 
New York, NY
Genre: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Translation
Residency: 
Full
Duration: 
2-3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
110
Application Deadline: 
January 5, 2021
Application Fee: 
$110
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Frank Winslow
Core Faculty Includes: 

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: Joshua Cohen, CAConrad, Cynthia Cruz, Meghan Daum, Nicholas Delbanco, Mark Doten, Farnoosh Fathi, Joshua Furst, Jen George, Alan Gilbert, Aracelis Girmay, Michael Greenberg, Xiaolu Guo, Madhu Kaza, John Keene, Nicole Krauss,Hari Kunzru, Paul La Farge, Gideon Lewis-Kraus, Lynn Melnick, Daphne Merkin, Ben Metcalf, Erroll McDonald, Kamila Aisha Moon, Jen Percy, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Alice Quinn, Camille Rankine, Christine Schutt, Leanne Shapton, Benjamin Taylor, Jia Tolentino, Lara Vapnyar, Natasha Wimmer, Brenda Wineapple, James Wood, Mark Wunderlich, Wendy Xu, Monica Youn, Jenny Zhang

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers partial funding, including administrative and teaching fellowships, research assistantships, scholarships, and internships.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

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. 

Graduates: 

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