Virginia Commonwealth University

MFA Program

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Program Established: 
Richmond, VA
Poetry, Fiction
3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
January 15, 2024
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Thom Didato
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Geoff Bouvier, Gregory Donovan, Kathleen Graber, David Wojahn
Fiction: Gretchen Comba, Clint McCown, SJ Sindu
Nonfiction: Sonja Livingston, Jessica Nelson

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers full funding. All current full-time MFA students are provided graduate teaching assistantships, which includes a full tuition waiver and annual stipends ranging from $13,125-$22,000 for all three years of the program.

The program does not fund (but does accept) part-time students and occasionally places some select full-time applicants on a funding waitlist.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

The program hosts a visiting writing series. Other features include opportunities to coordinate the Cabell First Novelist Award, the Larry Levis Reading Prize, and the Rebecca Mitchell Tarumoto Short Fiction Prize; and stipends to travel or attend literary conferences.


Rachel Beanland, Brian Castleberry, Tarfia Faizullah, Anna Journey, Emilia Phillips, Jon Pineda, Sheri Reynolds, Michele Young-Stone