Cornell University

Cornell University

MFA Program

MFA Program Established: 
1967
Location: 
Ithaca, NY
Genres Include:
Poetry and Fiction
Residency: 
Full
Duration: 
2 Years
Program Size: 
16
Application Deadline: 
December 15, 2014
Application Fee: 
95
Contact E-mail: 
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poets: Alice Fulton, Ishion Hutchinson, Joanie Mackowski, Robert Morgan, and Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon. Fiction writers: J. Robert Lennon, Ernesto Quiñonez, Stephanie Vaughn, and Helena Viramontes.

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

Teaching Assistantships, Graduate Assistantships

All students receive full tuition waivers and a stipend for editorial work at Epoch and for teaching freshman undergraduate literature seminars.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

This program hosts an annual reading series as well as a visiting writers series. Other features include an MFA/PhD Joint-Degree Program and the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections. There is also a summer art studio and creative writing workshop held in Italy.

In addition to funding opportunities during the course of the program, students may apply to teach for two additional years after earning their degree.

Graduates: 

Melissa Bank, NoViolet Bulawayo, Gabrielle Calvocaressi, Catherine Chung, Junot Diaz, Téa Obreht, Emily Rosko, Alexi Zentner

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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