Southern Illinois University

Southern Illinois University

MFA Program

MFA Program Established: 
1996
Location: 
Carbondale, IL
Genres Include:
Poetry and Fiction
Residency: 
Full
Duration: 
3 Years
Program Size: 
35
Application Deadline: 
February 1, 2015
Application Fee: 
50
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Allison Joseph
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poets: Judy Jordan, Allison Joseph, and Jon Tribble. Fiction writers: Pinckney Benedict, Scott Blackwood, and Beth Lordan.

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

Teaching Assistantships, Graduate Assistantships, Internships, Editorial Positions, Writing Center Positions, Teaching the Young Writers Workshop

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

This program hosts a Visiting Writers Series as well as the Saluki Writers Project, which sends students into the community as volunteer teachers of creative writing. It is also host to the Devil's Kitchen Literary Festival and the Little Grassy Literary Festival. Opportunities are available for students to study abroad at National University in Galway, Ireland. Students may also participate in the Association of English Graduate Instructors and Students (AEGIS).

Graduates: 

Ben Percy, Adrian Matejka, Michael Meyerhofer, Kerry James Evans, Rachel Furey, Curtis L. Crisler

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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