University of Texas, El Paso

MFA Program

El Paso, TX
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
3 Years
Program Size: 
30 full-residency students; 30 online students
Application Deadline: 
February 2, 2017
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Carla Gonzalez
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Rosa Alcalá (U. S.), Jeff Sirkin (U. S.), Sasha Pimentel (U. S.), Timothy Z. Hernandez (U. S.), Andrea Cote Botero (Colombia)
Fiction: Daniel Chacón (U. S.), José de Piérola (Peru), Luis Arturo Ramos (Mexico), Timothy Z. Hernandez, Lex Williford (U. S.)
Nonfiction: Sasha Pimentel, Luis Arturo Ramos, Lex Williford, Timothy Z. Hernandez
Translation: Rosa Alcalá
Screenwriting: Lex Williford

The visiting writer for the 2016–17 academic year is Nelson Cardenas (Cuba).

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers two or three competitive fellowships each year, as well as teaching assistantships through which students teach courses in the undergraduate creative writing program.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

UTEP began the world’s first bilingual and online MFA programs, and features faculty from four countries. In 2017-18, the program will offer an endowed reading series. In Fall 2018, it will host the second annual summit of RED de Programas de Escretureas de las Américas, the creative writing programs of the Americas, including distinguished visiting writers from Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela.

The application deadline for the full-residency program is February 2; the application deadline for the online program is April 15.