Stonecoast MFA, University of Southern Maine

MFA Program

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Program Established: 
Portland, ME
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
12-18 per residency
Application Deadline: 
September 1, 2023
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Chen Chen, Raina León, Debra Marquart, Cate Marvin

Fiction: Rick Bass, Susan Conley, Ron Currie Jr., Aaron Hamburger, Elizabeth Searle, Morgan Talty

Popular Fiction: JJ Amaworo Wilson, Tobias Bucknell, Tom Coash, David Anthony Durham, John Florio, Alex Jennings, Elizabeth Hand, Robert Levy, Elizabeth Searle

Creative Nonfiction: Faith Adiele, Rick Bass, Susan Conley, John Florio, Aaron Hamburger, Raina León, Debra Marquart, Morgan Talty

Scriptwriting: Tom Coash, Ron Currie Jr., David Anthony Durham, Jeni Mahoney, Elizabeth Searle

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers partial funding through scholarships and graduate assistantships.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

In addition to genre tracks in poetry, fiction, popular fiction, and creative nonfiction, Stonecoast’s students are encouraged to work in multiple and hybrid genres.

Stonecoast’s Writing for Inclusivity and Social Equity (WISE) Initiative addresses a range of issues, including the effects of systemic racism, the responsibility of literary citizenship, and the effects of climate change.

Students attend two ten-day residencies each year, in January and late June, on the coast of Maine. The deadlines are September 1 and March 1.


Quenton Baker, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, Jennifer Clement, Jaed Coffin, Anthony D’Aries, JR Dawson, John Florio, Amanda Johnston, Kim Dana Kupperman, Jeanette Lynes, Mur Lafferty, Diane Les Becquets, Christine Mangan, Ellen Meeropol, Indigo Moor, Catharine Murray, Laura Navarre, Alexandra Oliver, Alexs Pate, Morgan Callan Rogers, Colin Sargent, Catherine Schmitt, Patricia Smith, Morgan Talty, Gina Troisi