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MFA Program

Program Established: 
1999
Location: 
New York, NY
Genre: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Residency: 
Full
Duration: 
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
18
Application Deadline: 
February 1, 2020
Application Fee: 
$75
Contact E-mail: 
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Catherine Barnett, Donna Masini, Tom Sleigh
Fiction: Peter Carey, Colum McCann, Téa Obreht
Nonfiction: Kathryn Harrison, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, Alexandra Styron

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers partial funding. The program offers teaching assistantships, fellowships, scholarships, grants, paid internships with the Threepenny Review and Graywolf Press, Hertog Fellowships, and the Thomas Hunter Fellowship.

In-state students receive a full tuition waiver; out-of-state students receive the equivalent of an in-state tuition waiver towards tuition fees. Students must successfully file a FAFSA application to be eligible for funding.

Other Features: 

The program's Creative Nonfiction track focuses specifically on Memoir.

This program features the Distinguished Writers Series and provides a supplemental seminar in research for fiction and nonfiction students.

Through the Hertog Fellowship program, students conduct research for an established fiction or nonfiction writer. Recent examples of books that students conducted research for include: Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer, and On Changing My Mind by Zadie Smith.

Through the Thomas Hunter Fellowship program, poetry students conduct research for an established poet, publication or poetry organization. Recent examples include Poets’ House, Cave Canum, Marie Howe and Grace Shulman.

Graduates: 

Bill Cheng, Scott Cheshire, Alex Gilvarry, Phil Klay, Janice Y. K. Lee, Liz Moore, Jason Porter, Jeff Rotter, Gary Shteyngart, Jessica Soffer, Maria Venegas