University of South Florida

MFA Program

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Program Established: 
Tampa, FL
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
January 1, 2025
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
John Fleming
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Julie Koets, Natalie Scenters-Zapico, Heather Sellers. Ajibola Tolase
Fiction: John Henry Fleming, Micah Hicks, Brenda Peynado, Jarod Roselló, Jake Wolff
Nonfiction: Julie Koets, Heather Sellers, Jake Wolff
Comics: Jarod Roselló

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers full funding. All students receive a graduate assistantship, which includes a full tuition waiver and a salary of approximately $15,000.

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Other Features: 

The program offers coursework in comics/graphic narrative, as well as in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Students may take classes in multiple genres and submit hybrid theses.

The program hosts the Spoonbill Reading Series, pairing faculty and MFA students; the Michael Kuperman Poetry Library; a monthly Nonfiction Salon; an active MFA Student Committee; extensive teacher training and the opportunity to teach creative writing for MFAs. Visiting Writers are hosted by the Humanities Institute and recent guests include Jericho Brown, Colson Whitehead, Naomi Nye, and Leila Chatti.


Karen Brown, Jaquira Diaz, Chelsea Dingman, John Nieves, Daniele Pantano, Alicia Thompson