San Francisco State University

MFA Program

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Program Established: 
San Francisco, CA
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
3 Years
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Application Deadline: 
February 1, 2023
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Graduate Faculty
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Maxine Chernoff, Tonya Foster, Paul Hoover, Andrew Joron
Fiction: Michelle Carter, Nona Caspers, Joseph Cassara, May-lee Chai, Maxine Chernoff, Carolina De Robertis, Tonya Foster, Andrew Joron, Michael David Lukas, Chanan Tigay
Creative Nonfiction: Chanan Tigay, Joseph Cassara, May-lee Chai, Chanan Tigay
Literary Translation: Maxine Chernoff, Carolina De Robertis, Paul Hoover, Andrew Joron
Playwriting: Michelle Carter

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers partial funding. The program offers scholarships, the Marcus Foundation Scholarship, the Joe Brainard Fellowship, William Dickey Fellowship, Kathryn A. Manoogian Award, Miriam Ylvisikar Award, and teaching assistantships for second- or third-year students.

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The program also offers concentrations in literary translation and playwriting.

The Poetry Center hosts reading series and houses the American Poetry Archives, a library of audio and video recordings available to stream online. Also available are courses on teaching and other professional training opportunities.


Rae Armantrout, Po Bronson, Ernest Gaines, Frances Mayes, Anne Rice, Robin Romm, Philip Schultz