Stonecoast MFA, University of Southern Maine

Stonecoast MFA, University of Southern Maine

MFA Program

MFA Program Established: 
Portland, ME
Genres Include:
Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction
2 Years
Program Size: 
Application Deadline: 
September 1, 2015
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Matt Jones
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poets: Jeanne Marie Beaumont, Ted Deppe, Martín Espada, Stephen Motika, and Elena Rivera. Fiction writers: Sarah Braunstein, Breena Clarke, David Anthony Durham, Theodora Goss, Aaron Hamburger, Elizabeth Hand, Nancy Holder, James Patrick Kelly, Michael Kimball, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Elizabeth Searle, Brandon Som, and Justin Tussing. Nonfiction writer: T. Fleischmann. Poet and fiction writer: Alexs Pate. Poet and nonfiction writer: Debra Marquart. Poet, fiction writer, and nonfiction writer: David Mura. Fiction and nonfiction writers: Rick Bass, Jae Muncharoen Coffin, Susan Conley, and Suzanne Strempek Shea.

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

Scholarships, Internships

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 

Stonecoast Review

Other Features: 

Students attend two 10-day residencies each year, in January and July, on either the coast of Maine or in Ireland. The January residency takes place in Freeport, Maine, and Howth, Ireland; the July residency takes place in Brunswick, Maine, and Dingle, Ireland. The program offers concentrations in literary craft, critical theory, community service, creative collaboration, pedagogy, and publishing.

To be eligible for funding, submit application materials by April 1, 2016; the deadline for general applications is September 1 for the January residency or February 1, 2016, for the July residency.


Patrick Bagley, Jaed Coffin, Jeanette Lynes, Kim Dana Kupperman, Indigo Moor, Alexs Pate, Penelope Schwartz Robinson, Michaela Roessner-Herman, Colin Sargent, Patricia Smith, Laura Williams