Stonecoast MFA, University of Southern Maine

MFA Program

Program Established: 
Portland, ME
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
18 per residency
Application Deadline: 
September 1, 2018
Application Fee: 
Contact Name: 
Matt Jones
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Jeanne Marie Beaumont, Ted Deppe, Martín Espada, Amanda Johnston, Debra Marquart, Indigo Moor

Fiction: Rick Bass, Sarah Braunstein, Breena Clarke, David Anthony Durham, Aaron Hamburger, Elizabeth Hand, Indigo Moor, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Elizabeth Searle, Suzanne Strempek Shea, Justin Tussing

Genre Fiction: David Anthony Durham, Theodora Goss, Elizabeth Hand, Nancy Holder, James Patrick Kelly, Elizabeth Searle

Nonfiction: Rick Bass, Susan Conley, T. Fleischmann, Aaron Hamburger, Debra Marquart, Suzanne Strempek Shea

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers partial funding through scholarships and graduate assistantships.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

The program also offers a track in genre fiction, in addition to tracks in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The program offers concentrations in literary craft, critical theory, creative collaboration, pedagogy, and publishing.

Students attend two 10-day residencies each year, in January and July, on either the coast of Maine or in Ireland. The January residency takes place in Freeport, Maine, and Howth, Ireland; the July residency takes place in Brunswick, Maine, and Dingle, Ireland.

The application deadline is September 1 for the January residency and March 1 for the July residency.


Quenton Baker, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, Jaed Coffin, Anthony D’Aries, Amanda Johnston, Jeanette Lynes, Lissa Kiernan, Kim Dana Kupperman, Matthew Quinn Martin, Indigo Moor, Alexs Pate, Mihku Paul, Morgan Callan Rogers, Michaela Roessner-Herman, Colin Sargent, Kevin St Jarre, Patricia Smith, Darlene Taylor, Laura Williams