Our MFA candidates have come from places as varied as western India, South Korea, eastern Europe, and northern Idaho. Their backgrounds and experiences are equally diverse, and the pages they produce are likewise unique and uniquely vital. Some apply directly from undergraduate programs—earning degrees in everything from English to Aerospace Engineering—while others have worked for several years in jobs as varied as copy editor and smoke jumper. Some have published or produced their work; many have not. We aren’t seeking writers of any particular aesthetic, but rather we are looking for writers whose work is distinct, urgent, and arresting.
Visit our Books and Honors pages to see links to alumni publications, productions, and awards. Our graduates have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and their work has been translated around the world. Every year, our alumni publish books with major publishers, and they produce work for prestigious stages and small and big screens. We are unabashedly proud of our graduates and the vital work they’re bringing into the world.