San Francisco State University

San Francisco State University

MFA Program

This photo is of an audience at a Fourteen Hills reading. Fourteen Hills is the literary journal produced by the SFSU Creative Writing graduate students.

MFA Program Established: 
San Francisco, CA
Genres Include:
Poetry and Fiction
3 Years
Program Size: 
Application Deadline: 
January 15, 2015
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Maxine Chernoff
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poets: Maxine Chernoff, Camille Dungy, Paul Hoover, Andrew Joron, Daniel Langton, Toni Mirosevich
Fiction writers: Nona Caspers, Bob Gluck, Peter Orner, ZZ Packer
Nonfiction writer: Chanan Tigay
Playwrights: Michelle Carter, Roy Conboy

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

3 Joe Brainard Fellowships, 5 William Dickey Fellowships, 1 Manoogian Award, 1 Ylvisikar Award, up to 8 teaching assistantships for second- or third-year students

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

The Poetry Center hosts reading series and houses the American Poetry Archive, a library of audio and video recordings. Also available are courses on teaching and other professional training opportunities. Students may also choose to become members of the Wordsmith's Guild.


Rae Armantrout, Po Bronson, Ernest Gaines, Frances Mayes, Anne Rice, Robin Romm, Philip Schultz