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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...


Joshua IdaszakJoshua Idaszak graduated from the Program in Creative Writing and Translation in 2018 with an MFA in fiction. A Maryland native, his work is often concerned with the peculiarities of place—most recently the towns of eastern Turkey and the mailroom of the White House. He is especially interested in public language and bureaucracy and borders—national, cultural, and personal. He was recently named the winner of Poets & Writers Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award for Arkansas, and his fiction has won Boulevard magazine’s emerging writers prize, was named a finalist for the Chicago Tribune Nelson Algren Award, and was listed as “distinguished” by Best American Mystery Stories 2017. Stories from a collection he is working on have appeared in Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. He is also at work on a novel set largely in Washington, DC.


sy hoahwahCorrie Williamson is a 2013 graduate of the program. She is the author of Sweet Husk, winner of the 2014 Perugia Press Prize and a finalist for the Library of Virginia Poetry Award, as well as The River Where You Forgot My Name, selected by Allison Joseph for the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry and forthcoming in fall of 2019. Her poems are influenced by ecology, anthropology, natural history, and place. They appear in journals such as AGNI, Shenandoah, West Branch, Poetry Daily, The Missouri Review, and many others. Born in Virginia, she currently resides in Helena, Montana. In 2020, she'll be the writer in residence at the Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency on Oregon's Rogue River. 

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