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MFA Program at Carolina

Our graduate program in creative writing is a three-year program leading to the Master of Fine Arts degree. We offer the intimacy of a small program with the advantages of a larger English department.

Students work closely with our nationally and internationally published writing faculty and have opportunities to study with top literary scholars, interact with visiting writers, and gain experience in both teaching and literary editing. We offer tracks in poetry and fiction, and all of our MFA students receive financial support. Our community of writers consists of dedicated faculty and students who have come to Carolina to commit themselves to the writing and study of literature. Many of our students begin publishing during their time here.

MFA News

  • 2016-2017's visiting writers included Colm TóibínLily KingRita DoveJonathan FranzenArthur Phillips, Gabrielle Lucille FuentesPaul Otremba, and Ari Banias
  • MFA Assistant Professor Samuel Amadon's third book of poems, Listener, will be published in 2018 by Solid Objects.
  • Writer in Residence Liz Countryman's first collection of poems, A Forest Almost, was selected by Graham Foust as the winner of the 2016 Subito Press Poetry Prize and will be published by Subito Press at the University of Colorado in 2017.
  • Matt Fogarty’s (MFA 2015) collection of stories, his thesis, Maybe Robots and Mermaids Are Lonely, received a starred review in Kirkus.
  • Second-year MFA student Maya Marshall's chapbook of poems, Secondhand, was published in 2016 by Dancing Girl Press. 
  • Josh English (MFA 2015) and Brandon Rushton (MFA 2015) have started an online poetry journal, Oxidant Engine, which will publish three issues per year.
  • Robbie Baden (MFA 2013) began a tenure-track job at College of San Mateo where he teaches creative writing, literature, and composition.
  • Cayla Fralick (MFA 2016) began teaching Developmental Writing at Baton Rouge Community College.
  • Mark Powell's (MFA 2001) novel, Echolocation, was published by Tyrus/Simon and Schuster in 2017. He joined the Appalachian State University English Department as an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing in 2016.
  • Brian Ray (MFA 2008) has accepted a tenure-track appointment as Director of Composition at the University of Arkansas. His first novel, Through the Pale Door, was published by the Hub City Writers Project.
  • Matt Boedy (MFA 2009) has accepted a tenure-track position in the English Department at the University of North Georgia.
  • Ashley Strosnider (MFA 2012) is the managing editor at Prairie Schooner in Lincoln, NE.