Stonecoast MFA, University of Southern Maine

Stonecoast MFA, University of Southern Maine

MFA Program

MFA Program Established: 
2002
Location: 
Portland, ME
Genres Include:
Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction
Residency: 
Low
Program Size: 
95
Application Deadline: 
September 1, 2014
Application Fee: 
65
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Matt Jones
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poets: Jeanne Marie Beaumont, Martin Espada, James Patrick Kelly, Elena Rivera, and Tim Seibles. Fiction writers: Sarah Braunstein, Breena Clarke, Ted Deppe, David Anthony Durham, Theodora Goss, Aaron Hamburger, Elizabeth Hand, Nancy Holder, Michael Kimball, Alexs Pate, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Elizabeth Searle, and Justin Tussing. Nonfiction writers: Rick Bass, Jae Muncharoen Coffin, Susan Conley, Barbara Hurd, Debra Marquart, David Mura, Suzanne Strempek Shea.

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

Scholarships, Internships

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 

Stonecoast Review

Other Features: 

This program emphasizes community service, internships, creative collaboration, pedagogy, and publishing.

Students may pursue tracks in craft, creative collaboration, literary theory, social change/community service, teaching, and publishing and nature writing. Courses include writing for stage and screen, translation, and cross-genre. Opportunities are available for students to attend residencies in Ireland and San Miguel, Mexico.

Applications for the two annual admissions cycles are due on September 1 and February 1.

Graduates: 

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

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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