Chapman University

Chapman University

MFA Program

MFA Program Established: 
1991
Location: 
Orange, CA
Genres Include:
Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction
Residency: 
Full
Duration: 
2 Years
Program Size: 
36
Application Deadline: 
February 1, 2015
Application Fee: 
60
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
James P. Blaylock
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poets: Anna Leahy, Martin Nakell
Fiction writers: Mark Axelrod, Richard Bausch, Jim Blaylock, Alicia Kozameh
Nonfiction writer: Tom Zoellner

Part-time faculty members include poet Allison Benis White, fiction writers Ryan Gattis and Tim Powers, and more.

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

Two fellowships, which each include $18,000 and tuition remssion, are available each year. Scholarships and scholarly/creative graduate student grants are also available.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 

Calliope (student journal), TAB: The Journal of Poetry and Poetics (international journal)

Other Features: 

All incoming MFA students take the innovative Aspects of a Writer course, and can take courses in digital humanities. This program features two visiting writers series through Tabula Poetica: The Center for Poetry at Chapman University and the John Fowles Center for Creative Writing. Dual degrees in MA/MFA and JD/MFA are available.

Chapman University is a mid-sized, private university nestled between the mountains and the ocean in sunny Southern California; it has a small-town vibe near the hubbub of Los Angeles.

The deadline for admission with consideration for fellowships and scholarships is February 1. The deadline for unfunded fall admission is May 1. The deadline for spring admission is November 1.

Graduates: 

Sean Henry, Peggy Hesketh, Mike Lester

Current Issue

Cover Story 

Our Independent Publishing Issue features an in-depth interview with Graywolf Press editor Jeff Shotts; a look at the successful partnerships of eleven small-press authors and their editors; a profile of indie essayist Charles D'Ambrosio; Donald Hall recalls a golden age of American poetry; best-selling author Miranda Beverly-Whittemore on the rewards of self-promotion; advice for self-published authors; a conversation with Guernica publisher Lisa Lucas; and much more.

Finding Gems in Lost & Found

by Rebecca Bates

News and Trends

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

The Center for Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City is making the ephemeral more tangible through its Lost & Found chapbook series.

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Let's Just Do This: Eleven Small-Press Authors and their Publishing Partners

by Kevin Larimer

Special Section

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

Eleven small-press authors and their publishing partners discuss the independent approach—and all the passion, commitment, and love that comes with it—to bringing books into the world.

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Agents & Editors: Jeff Shotts

by Michael Szczerban

Special Section

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

Graywolf Press executive editor Jeff Shotts discusses the power of patience in publishing, editing as an act of empathy, and why it’s an exciting time to be a poet.

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