Virginia Tech

MFA Program

Program Established: 
Blacksburg, VA
Poetry, Fiction
3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
January 8, 2021
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Carmen Giménez Smith
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Nikki Giovanni, Jeffrey Mann, Erika Meitner, Carmen Giménez Smith
Fiction: Edward Falco, Evan Lavender-Smith, Lucinda Roy, Matthew Vollmer

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers full funding through three-year teaching and graduate assistantships. All students have the opportunity to teach composition and creative writing. Each assistantship includes a full tuition waiver, health insurance, and annual stipend of more than $20,000.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

The program hosts a visiting writers series, an MFA student reading series, and encourages students to engage in cross-genre work with courses in playwriting, creative nonfiction, new media creative writing, and literary editing.

Visiting writers for 2020-21 include Richard Chiem, Renee Gladman, Valeria Luiselli, and Jesmyn Ward.

More information can be found on their Tumblr.


Anuradha Bhowmik, Weston Cutter, Jeremy Griffin, Christopher Linforth, Carrie Meadows, Soraya Palmer, Xandria Phillips, KMA Sullivan, Julia Tillinghast, Robert Walker, Lamar Wilson