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MFA Program

Program Established: 
New Smyrna Beach and various international locations, FL
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
20 each year
Application Deadline: 
Rolling Admissions
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Jennifer Williams
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Cyriaco Lopes, Urayoán Noel, Jena Osman, and Terri Witek.
Prose: Teresa Carmody, Sarah Gerard, Veronica Gonzalez-Peña, Stephanie Sauer

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers partial funding through merit-based scholarships.

Other Features: 

This program also offers a concentration in speculative fiction.

Students attend two 10-day residencies each year, in January and June. The January residency is held at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. The June residency is held abroad. International residency locations include San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (2016); Santiago, Chile (2017); Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2018); Buenos Aires, Argentina (2019); and Online (2020). 

Upcoming locations include: Mexico City, Mexico (2021), and San Juan, Puerto Rico (2022). 

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Students can apply anytime before the deadline to start in January at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, or in June at an international location. Applications received after the deadline will be considered for next start date.

The poetry track of the program, "Poetry in the Expanded Field," is one of the few low-residency MFA curriculums committed to experimentation and interdisciplinary work. MFA students have worked in dance, photography, video, social media, short prose forms, and graphic design. The prose track welcomes fiction, creative nonfiction, and hybrid narratives.

Application Deadlines: 

September 1st for January start. 

January 15th for June start.