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, Cate Marvin, Indigo Moor

Fiction: Rick Bass, Breena Clarke, David Anthony Durham, Aaron Hamburger, Elizabeth Hand, Cara Hoffman, Porochista Khakpour, Indigo Moor, Elizabeth Searle, Suzanne Strempek Shea, Justin Tussing, JJ Amaworo Wilson

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, Porochista Khakpour, 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, in Freeport, Maine.

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, Kim Dana Kupperman, Mur Lafferty, Christine Mangan, Matthew Quinn Martin, Indigo Moor, Alexs Pate, Morgan Callan Rogers, Michaela Roessner-Herman, Colin Sargent, Kevin St Jarre, Patricia Smith, Darlene Taylor, Laura Williams