Cornell University

MFA Program

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Program Established: 
Ithaca, NY
Poetry, Fiction
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
December 15, 2023
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Amanda Brockner
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Ishion Hutchinson, Valzhyna Mort, Joanie Mackowski, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
Fiction: Emily Fridlund, J. Robert Lennon, Ernesto Quiñonez, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Helena Maria Viramontes

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers full funding. All students receive tuition, stipend, and student health insurance for the duration of the two years, which includes graduate assistant work in the first year, and teaching assistant assignments in the second year.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

The program hosts the Barbara and David Zalaznick Reading Series and the First-Year MFA Reading Series.

In addition to funding opportunities during the course of the program, students may apply to teach for two additional years after earning their degree.


Melissa Bank, NoViolet Bulawayo, Gabrielle Calvocaressi, Catherine Chung, Ling Ma, Téa Obreht, Emily Rosko, Alexi Zentner