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MFA Program

Program Established: 
Charlottesville, VA
Poetry, Fiction
2-3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
December 15, 2020
Application Fee: 
Contact Name: 
Jeb Livingood
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Rita Dove, Debra Nystrom, Kiki Petrosino, Lisa Russ Spaar, Brian Teare
Fiction: Jane Alison, Elizabeth Denton, Jeb Livingood, Micheline Marcom, Christopher Tilghman

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers full funding. All admitted students receive $20,000 per academic year in the standard two-year program. First-year students have no teaching obligations. Second-year students teach one section of intro poetry or fiction writing each term. An optional third year of $10,000 in teaching support is available.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

The program hosts the Kapnick Distinguished Writer-in-Residence Program and the Rea Writer Series, which includes weeklong visits and one-on-one conferences with notable writers. The program also awards the $10,000 Henfield Prize, given for the best work of fiction written by a student in the program.

Students are not required to take the GREs for admission.


Adam Giannelli, Chad Harbach, Eleanor Henderson, Greg Jackson, Erika Meitner, Thomas Pierce, Hannah Pittard, Safiya Sinclair, Austin Smith