Bluegrass Writers Studio at Eastern Kentucky University

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MFA Program

Program Established: 
2008
Location: 
Richmond, KY
Genre: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Residency: 
Low
Duration: 
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
17
Application Deadline: 
Rolling Admissions
Application Fee: 
$35
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Robert D. Johnson
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Julie Hensley, Young Smith
Fiction: Julie Hensley, Nancy Jensen, Robert D. Johnson, Carter Sickels
Nonfiction: Nancy Jensen, Robert D. Johnson, Carter Sickels

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers travel grants for all students attending the international residency; an honorarium for the editor-in-chief of Jelly Bucket; multiple scholarship opportunities; and graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis for students within driving distance of the Richmond campus. Visit the website for more information.

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All workshops are held live—online, one night per week, in fall and spring; in-person at summer residency. Students attend two-to-four-week residencies each June/July in either Lisbon, Portugal, or at the Eastern Kentucky University campus. Recent summer residency keynote speakers include Jericho Brown, Camille Dungy, Holly Goddard Jones, and Ira Sukrungruang. 

The application deadline for the fall semester is August 1; the application deadline for the spring semester is December 1; the application deadline for the summer residency is March 1.

Graduates: 

Tasha Cotter, Lindsey S. Frantz, Russell Helms, Markus Egeler Jones, Jay McCoy, Bill Mullen, Deana Nantz, ​Eliot Parker, Whitnee Pearce, Christopher Rowe, Brian L. Tucker