Poets: Kelly Norman Ellis, Sandra Jackson-Opoku, and Quraysh Ali Lansana. Fiction writers: Sandra Jackson-Opoku and Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu. Nonfiction writer: Brenda E. Aghahowa.
This program features a Visiting Writers Series. Courses are available in publishing, playwriting, and screenwriting. The MFA program is housed in the The Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing, a literary and cultural center invested in researching, teaching, and disseminating information about acclaimed Black writers, especially the life and works of Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000), former Poet Laureate of Illinois and Distinguished Professor of English at CSU.
The application deadline for the spring term is October 15; the deadline for the fall term is March 15.