Pacific University

MFA Program

MFA Program Established: 
Portland, OR
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2 Years
Program Size: 
Application Deadline: 
March 1, 2017
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Shelley Washburn
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Sandra Alcosser, Ellen Bass, Marvin Bell, Eduardo C. Corral, Kwame Dawes, Vievee Francis, Tyehimba Jess, Dorianne Laux, Joseph Millar

Fiction: Chris Abani, Steve Amick, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Claire Davis, Jack Driscoll, Pete Fromm, Frank Gaspar, Laura Hendrie, Cate Kennedy, Valerie Laken, David Long, John McNally, Mary Helen Stefaniak, Kellie Wells

Nonfiction: Sanjiv Bhattacharya, Judy Blunt, Debra Gwartney, Scott Korb, Mike Magnuson

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers merit scholarships and teaching associate positions.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

Students attend two 10-day residencies each year, in January and June, and one final 10-day residency at the end of the program. The June residency takes place at the Pacific University campus in Forest Grove, Oregon, and the January residency takes place in the beachside resort town of Seaside, Oregon. The program hosts a nightly reading series, lectures, panels, roundtable discussions, and the annual storytelling event BoxerSlam. Other features include the opportunity to take an elective semester in disciplines such as digital publishing, playwriting, or screenwriting.

Submit application materials by September 1 for the spring term, and by March 1 for the fall term.


Bryan Allen Fierro, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Deborah Reed