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Mar 22, 2006, 5:45 PM

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I'M IN! Can't Post

Tell us where you're going!


Mar 22, 2006, 7:42 PM

Post #2 of 2979 (99758 views)
Re: [motet] I'M IN! Can't Post

UNC Wilmington: Accepted, not sure about funding
Oregon State: Wait list (offered full funding if they have a space)
Michigan: rejected
Miami of Ohio: ?


Mar 22, 2006, 9:41 PM

Post #3 of 2979 (99702 views)
Re: [motet] I'M IN! Can't Post

In Reply To
Tell us where you're going!

I'm goin' to the fridge. Think I might have some Bud Lights in there. As for grad school, I think I might be goin' to the Learning Annex.

Darren A. Deth

Mar 22, 2006, 10:29 PM

Post #4 of 2979 (99678 views)
Re: [motet] I'M IN! Can't Post

Vermont College


Mar 22, 2006, 10:39 PM

Post #5 of 2979 (99669 views)
Re: [motet] I'M IN! Can't Post

Bennington College (after deciding between there, New England College, and Houston).


Mar 31, 2006, 1:48 PM

Post #6 of 2979 (99472 views)
Re: [motet] I'M IN! Can't Post

I'm in at Columbia College Chicago and am really eager to hear what anyone has to say about it.


Mar 31, 2006, 3:01 PM

Post #7 of 2979 (99430 views)
Re: [clarabow] I'M IN! Can't Post

Vermont College, in ficiton.

(Darren, I sent you a private message re: VC.)



Mar 31, 2006, 8:57 PM

Post #8 of 2979 (99350 views)
Re: [clarabow] I'M IN! Can't Post

I'm so happy for you!

  • Columbia College had 100+ applications and took 17 fiction writers.
  • They are very connected to the artistic community, and offer a hands-on writing program. Even if you take the MFA in CW option you can do a college level teaching practicum.
  • Chicago is a fantastic city, less expensive than NY.
  • Many people love the Story Workshop.
  • They have a great magazine F sold B&N
  • They know how to promote their student' work.
  • Participants are young---mid to late twenties
  • It is a small program, you get lots of attention.
  • You can take classes almost back to back on two days a week.
  • They have evening classes too.

  • Opinions, according to one of their professors from another dept., are evenly divided. You love it or hate it.

(he's a tenured professor, my girlfriend's husband)
  • Classrooms quite Spartan as far as comfort.
  • Lousy magazine called "Hairtrigger."
  • It's been called a money making machine.
  • Parking off Michigan Ave is $.

Perhaps you should visit before making final decision. Have they offered you any funding?


Mar 31, 2006, 9:07 PM

Post #9 of 2979 (99343 views)
Re: [Windiciti] I'M IN! Can't Post

Thanks, Windi! I REALLY appreciate all this info. Very helpful, you are awesome.

I haven't found out about funding yet.

Wow, it was great to hear some opinions on the school from you. Thanks again.


Apr 1, 2006, 9:05 AM

Post #10 of 2979 (99271 views)
Re: [clarabow] I'M IN! Can't Post

I'm going to Bennington (decided between B, Vermont, and Sarah Lawrence) for fiction.


Apr 1, 2006, 12:59 PM

Post #11 of 2979 (99227 views)
Re: [chapons] I'M IN! Can't Post

Congratulations, Megan!
Bennington sounds fantastic! I was rejecte for Fiction... also probably cd. not have afforded it. Has a great rep., very exclusive.
You'll have a great experience, I am sure.
Good Luck!


Apr 6, 2006, 10:09 PM

Post #12 of 2979 (98996 views)
Re: [motet] I'M IN! Can't Post

Final tally:

Accepted: Brooklyn College, New School

Rejected: Syracuse, Hunter, NYU, Brown, Cornell, UVA

Decided to go to BC.


Apr 6, 2006, 10:41 PM

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Apr 7, 2006, 2:47 AM

Post #14 of 2979 (98926 views)
Re: [cantonioni] I'M IN! Can't Post

I thought UVA gave everyone full funding.


Apr 7, 2006, 8:45 AM

Post #15 of 2979 (98901 views)
Re: [motet] I'M IN! Can't Post

Last night I accepted Indiana University's offer.

Rejected: UMass Amherst
Waitlisted: Ohio State
Accepted: Cincinnati, Houston, Utah, Bowling Green, Arkansas, Indiana
Never heard from: Michener Center, UNC Wilmington


Apr 7, 2006, 12:56 PM

Post #16 of 2979 (98839 views)
Re: [theapplepicker] I'M IN! Can't Post

Congratulations! Kudos to you for having so many GOOD choices!
Good Luck!


Apr 8, 2006, 12:01 PM

Post #17 of 2979 (98730 views)
Re: [Windiciti] I'M IN! Can't Post

Did anyone else here apply to Indiana's MFA program? Even if you didn't get in or decided not to go, I'd be interested to hear what drew you to the school. Feel free to Private Message me, as I feel bad for taking up so much space on the boards. Thanks.


Apr 10, 2006, 9:56 AM

Post #18 of 2979 (98635 views)
Re: [theapplepicker] I'M IN! Can't Post

ApplePicker, you must be an amazing poet to have received so many awesome acceptances! Do you have a a website where you post your work? I'd love to read it.

Did you ever end up hearing from the Michener Center? I did get a rejection letter from them, but only about 3 weeks after I was rejected online..

My score (poetry):

In - Bowling Green, UMass, Montana, Creighton, Indiana.
Out - Mississippi, Alabama, Eastern Washington.

I'm seriously considering Bowling Green, Creighton and Montana right now.

Creighton's got Susan Aizenberg (yay!), Omaha (the greatest music scene in the midwest - I'm a musician), great used bookstores, great breakfast diners and The Old Market (lovely downtown area). It's got cool downtown lofts and a new arts center. It's got Shakespeare in the Park and yummy bakeries.

Bowling Green's got Larissa Szporluk and Sharona Muir, and I love how progressive the city is: it's got an anarchist book shop, cute cafes, an important noise/experimental music scene (and a really vibrant indy music scene in's got quite a few rockin' venues, clubs and bars), awesome student radio, and regular sepia-tinted screenings at the Gish Gallery. It's got the Black Swamp Festival. A planetarium. And lots of FREE cultural events at the university. The downtown area is very charming and makes me thing of the olden days (not that I was around during the olden days!).

Montana has Patricia Goedicke, Karen Volkman (wow!) and Greg Pape. Missoula is in a bee-oo-ti-ful place. I'm a poet, but I really dig Deirdre McNamer. Montana is too beautiful for words. I've been to Missoula, and the landscape surrounding it hushes me into a contemplative mood. It's stunning. You can't throw a stone without hitting a bookstore or cafe in Missoula. It's a very progressive city with a vibrant Green Party. The MFA program has some very famous alumni. And pretty much any night of the week you can find a literary reading somewhere on campus or in town.

Sometimes I feel like just drawing a name out of a hat. Choosing a school is tough beans.


Apr 10, 2006, 10:56 AM

Post #19 of 2979 (98605 views)
Re: [sambrunel] I'M IN! Can't Post

I'm in at Bowling Green, Indiana, and Montana, too (for fiction). Your characterization of Bowling Green has made me sway even further towards that program...


Apr 10, 2006, 11:58 AM

Post #20 of 2979 (98573 views)
Re: [augustmaria] I'M IN! Can't Post

Seriously. I was just thinking -- as I look at schools to apply to next year -- how it would really suck to live in some sleepy Miswest town with no music scene. But if the sound of overdriven amps can be heard in Bowling Green, maybe I'll add them to my list.


Apr 10, 2006, 12:38 PM

Post #21 of 2979 (98548 views)
Re: [viviandarkbloom] I'M IN! Can't Post

Bowling Green's a neat little town. My wife got her masters there a few years back, and I would come visit her just about every weekend.

Mrs. Bighark did not have a car at Bowling Green, but managed to get around just fine. She rented a two-bedroom apartment which she paid for with her T.A. money, and pretty much walked every where but the grocery store (for that, she required a ride from friends or from me).

I still marvel at how well she lived at the time on so little money.

The downtown area is cute. It's small, self-contained, and has just about everything you'd expect from a small college town's downtown--antiques stores, ice cream parlor, music store, bars, restaraunts, clothing boutiques, travel agencies, etc.

I can't comment on the music scene, but I can say that I would expect lively and frequent visits from regional and national acts. You've got the University of Michigan, University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State University all within 45 minutes of eachother, so any tour manager worth his salt would find a way to make the most of that situation when booking out.

Also, while I never got to go myself, my wife tells me that Bowling Green is home to a rather robust weekly drag queen showcase.

Finally, I want to go on record as saying tha Campus Pollyeyes has the best stuffed pizza-breadstick thingies I have ever had in my life.

So those are the good things.

Of course, my wife's experience with Bowling Green ran hot and cold. She enjoyed her time there for the most part, but by the end of her second year, Mrs. Bighark was ready to leave Bowling Green behind. She's a big-city kind of girl, so the small-townieness of her grad school's location had outgrown its charm and she was beginning to feel a bit constrained. She also was frustrated by some of the antics of her students. She has two stories that she likes to tell about this. The first involes Urban Meyer and a football player that flunked her class. The second involves a freshman who thanked her for being the first Mexican she had ever met.

Oh well, that was a long time ago.

I was considering BGSU's creative writing MFA myself. I like their faculty and their journal.

Good luck to those of you who end up going there.


Apr 10, 2006, 1:02 PM

Post #22 of 2979 (98533 views)
Re: [bighark] I'M IN! Can't Post

Viviandarkbloom, I used to book and promote rock shows...Howard's Club H is reknown for the quality of the acts they bring in and promote in Bowling Green:

(Cool-looking place, too:

From what I've heard, Bowling Green does attract a lot of touring bands, and has got a good local music scene, too (indy rock, experimental, jazz, etc). They have a great music program at BGSU.

(This post was edited by clarabow on Apr 10, 2006, 1:04 PM)


Apr 10, 2006, 1:14 PM

Post #23 of 2979 (98515 views)
Re: [viviandarkbloom] I'M IN! Can't Post

Vivian, I found some pretty cool links about Bowling Green. I think it's got a pretty vibrant college-town life.

(Cool, augustmaria! Perhaps we will be classmates this fall (or programates, since we're in different genres)).

These decisions are keeping me up at night!

I'm leaning toward Bowling Green for a number of reasons. I really like the faculty, the small size of the program, and the reputation for close, one-on-one attention from the instructors.

I found some cool Bowling Green links this weekend:

Totally cool - the Underground Publishing Conference takes place annually in BG:

Annual Altenative Media Conference:

Annnual New Music Festival:

Lovely free movies:

Free art exhibitions:

On-campus outdoor bistro;

Cute groceries:

Free Indy Music 24 hours a day:

Cozy pubs:
(I'm not going to look up every single bar in Bowling Green...:p)

Good student paper (always a good sign:

(there are more, but they don't have web pages, I guess)

Tattoos and Piercing:

Coffee and bakeries:

Lots of places to hear music:

Rock Climbing (I'm learning):

And it's sooo close to Toledo...which is full of midwestern hipsters, music, galleries, literary events, restaurants, cafes, crazy art events, theatre I feel like, when I want to be in the quintessential midwestern town, I can be...and then I can always quickly make my way to Toledo for some big-city action. Awesome. Toledo is less than half an hour away by car...and there's a regular bus service between BG and downtown Toledo, to boot. Rock. I already know I like hanging out in Toledo because I lived there for a's got a great underground and indie scene.

And, apparently BGSU and the town of BG are really into sustainable sources of energy (like wind). Very cool.

Wow, I'm getting more and more excited every time I post!


Apr 10, 2006, 2:03 PM

Post #24 of 2979 (98492 views)
Re: [sambrunel] I'M IN! Can't Post

Hey Sam, Congratulations on all your acceptances. I'm in at Montana and UMass for poetry as well. What made you drop UMass as you were narrowing your choices? I visited the UMass campus and had a mixed-bag experience and am now leaning towards Montana, even though I haven't had a chance to visit Missoula. Let me know what you think, because I'm still deliberating. Ugh!


Apr 10, 2006, 2:15 PM

Post #25 of 2979 (98480 views)
Re: [littlecities] I'M IN! Can't Post

littlecities, sorry to hear you didn't have a great time at UMass...what happened? Do tell me, as I haven't ruled out Amherst 100% yet. the main reason i dropped UMass is because I really just don't jive with the faculty, stylistically. I think Amherst is just a bit too New Englandy and East Coasty for my tastes, as well. Montana is great and I'm probably trying to choose between Creighton, Montana and Bowling Green right now, with a heavy preference for Bowling Green because I love Toledo (best year of my life), and I love the faculty at all three of those schools. But I also find myself leaning toward Montana for faculty AND the beautiful natural landscape. Wow.

(This post was edited by sambrunel on Apr 10, 2006, 2:16 PM)

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