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Spalding University

MFA Program

MFA Program Established: 
Louisville, Kentucky
Genres Include:
Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction
2 Years
Program Size: 
Application Deadline:
February 1, 2016
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Karen J. Mann
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poets: Debra Kang Dean, Kathleen Driskell, Shane McCrae, Maureen Morehead, Greg Pape, and Jeanie Thompson. Fiction writers: Julie Brickman, K. L. Cook, Leslie Daniels, Pete Duval, Kirby Gann, Rachel M. Harper, Silas House, Robin Lippincott, Jody Lisberger, Eleanor Morse, Sena Jeter Naslund, John Pipkin, and Crystal Wilkinson. Nonfiction writers: Dianne Aprile and Rebecca Walker. Fiction and nonfiction writers: Elaine Neil Orr, Roy Hoffman, Fenton Johnson, Nancy McCabe, and Neela Vaswani.

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

Graduate Assistantships, Scholarships, Editorial and Reading Positions with The Louisville Review

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 

The Louisville Review, Fleur-de-Lis Press

Other Features: 

The program hosts a reading series in May and November and a post-graduate conference, SpaldingCon, every November.

Students can choose among residencies in May and November, which take place at the Spalding University campus in Louisville, Kentucky, or a residency in June or July, which takes place in a different international country each year. The 2016 summer residency will take place in Rome; the 2017 summer residency will take place in Barcelona.

Submit application materials with a $30 application fee by February 1, 2016, for the spring or summer residency, or by August 1, 2016, for the fall residency.


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