Chicago State University

Chicago State University

MFA Program

Location: 
Chicago, IL
Genres Include:
Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction
Residency: 
Full
Program Size: 
20
Application Deadline: 
October 15, 2014
Application Fee: 
30
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Kelly Norman Ellis
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Kelly Norman Ellis, Sandra Jackson-Opoku, Quraysh Ali Lansana
Fiction: Sandra Jackson-Opoku, Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu
Nonfiction: Brenda E. Aghahowa

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

Graduate Assistantships

Other Features: 

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.

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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