Poets & Writers Magazine has listed our MFA Program as #10 in the nation in their 2012 program rankings! http://www.pw.org/content/2012_mfa_rankings_the_top_fifty
While we have been as high as #3 and drifted around in the teens, we are plenty happy to be #10. This year, we expect admissions to the program continue to rise with the addition of Peter Campion, our new Assistant Professor of Poetry. Campion was recently awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. Last year, we received 467 applications to the MFA and we will shoot over 500 this year. Our current students are being published in a staggering amount of literary journals (and even publishing debut books while in the program, a la second-year poet Mary Feng Chen, whose first book will be published by Black Ocean Press in January 2012). Our alumni have published over 99 books and chapbooks since 1997, and that tally doesn't include three new books coming out this fall and in spring 2012 (Nate Slawson, Lauren Fox, Shana Youngdahl). The dedicated and generous faculty mentoring our students? Here's a list of our stellar faculty writers: Charles Baxter, Julie Schumacher, Regents Professor Patricia Hampl, Regents Professor Madelon Sprengnether, Ray Gonzalez, Maria Damon, Dan Philippon, Peter Campion and David Treuer.