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listed of funded MFA programs? (and some other questions...)
Posted 17 March 2012 - 08:39 AM
--is there a list somewhere of funded MFA programs? I only want to consider programs where I could be fully funded. (Too much debt already from BA, MA.)
--recommendations: I have 4 professors from my MA who wrote recommendations for my PhD apps and who I know could speak very highly of my academic abilities, work ethic, etc., but they've never seen my poetry and I don't particularly want to show it to them. Would it be ok to just have them write about me as a student, in general, and just let the poetry evaluation happen when the adcomm looks at my writing sample? Or do I HAVE to show these professors my poetry?
--I'm entirely self-educated as a poet and thus have had no "professional" feedback on my work. It would be nice, before applying to MFA programs, to get some feedback from someone who is in this world and could tell me honestly whether I even have a chance, or not to bother, etc.... because I really have NO idea. I'm working in Korea right now so don't really have access to universities where people speak fluent English. Is there any sort of online forum or something where MFA- type people can anonymously share work, provide feedback, etc?
Thanks so much for any help you can give me!!
Posted 17 March 2012 - 09:05 AM
Posted 17 March 2012 - 04:31 PM
Rejected: University of Pittsburgh
Accepted: San Diego State, San Francisco State, Sacramento State, University of Vermont, St. Louis University, Brandeis, Northeastern
Posted 21 May 2012 - 09:39 PM
Securing a well-funded spot at a good MFA program is a very competitive business, so I would start discussing your poetry with someone else (faculty members, classmates, members of the facebook group referenced above) as soon as you can. Not to question your writing ability, but I think it's very difficult to produce a body of good poetry without discussion and feedback. Also, the numbers of students admitted at well-funded programs are such that it's basically a lottery, even for students with stellar portfolios. Going through the documents of the facebook group is a good way to get a sense of what you're getting yourself into.
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