Western State Colorado University

Western State Colorado University

MFA Program

MFA Program Established: 
2010
Location: 
Gunnison, CO
Genres Include:
Poetry and Fiction
Residency: 
Low
Duration: 
2 Years
Program Size: 
35-40
Application Deadline: 
Rolling Admissions
Application Fee: 
50
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
David J. Rothman, Director
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Ernest Hilbert, David J. Rothman, David Yezzi
Genre Fiction: Russell Davis, Stacia Deutsch, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Candace Nadon, Michaela Roessner-Herman
Screenwriting: J.S. Mayank, Bob Shayne

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

Loans, Scholarships

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

Our program takes both literary and popular commercial genres seriously. We are not afraid of a good story, a strong character, or a rhyme. All courses include both extensive critique of student work along with sustained study and imitation of genres. The program includes on-campus intensive seminars and a conference, "Writing the Rockies," for two weeks during three consecutive summers in July (two summers for MA). The non-residency study requires four academic semesters (two for MA) during which students work on-line in classes and one-on-one with faculty.

The program offers concentrations in poetry with an emphasis on versecraft, genre fiction, screenwriting for film and television, and publishing. It offers a two-year MFA degree, as well as a one-year MA degree, and a one-year certificate in publishing.

Current Issue

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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.

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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

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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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