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Program in Creative Writing & Translation

One of the nation’s oldest MFA programs, and one of the “Top Five Most Innovative” (The Atlantic Monthly), we offer degree tracks in Fiction, Poetry, and Literary Translation.
Recent graduates have won the Stegner Fellowship, the £15,000 BBC International Short Story Award, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship, and Fulbright Fellowships, among others. Learn more...


jane blunschiJane Blunschi graduated from the Program in Creative Writing and Translation in 2016 with an MFA in fiction. A native of south Louisiana, her work explores the intersection of queerness and southern feminine identity, with a focus on the themes of adoption, sobriety, and the influence of esoterica and celebrity on female body image. She is the author of the travel book, Love Tupelo, published in 2012 by Corvus Press. A 2014 Lambda Literary Fellow, Jane's short fiction has appeared in Cactus Heart Literary Review, and received a nomination for a Pushcart Prize. She is currently at work on a collection of creative nonfiction.


sy hoahwahSy Hoahwah is Yappituka Comanche and Southern Arapaho. He is a direct descendent of Comanche orator and principal chief Ten Bears, and of the Arapaho leader, Little Raven. Since graduating from the University of Arkansas, Sy has published two collections: Velroy and the Madischie Mafia and Night Cradle. His poetry explores the contemporary continuance of Comanche identity into the 21st century, offering an ironic perspective on life in a cultural landscape haunted by death and beauty, and on the fringe of mass capitalism and Pan-Indianism. His poems are complex imagistic sets of surrealism, gang subculture, witchcraft, and ghost lore fused in tight lyrical narratives or post-modern enjambments. Sy's poems have appeared in Indiana ReviewFlorida ReviewShenandoah, and other journals. He has been a featured writer for the Poetry Foundation's Harriet and is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship. 

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