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About MoJuiced

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  • Birthday 05/04/1984

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    I have many interests: music composition, sciences of all kind (hard and soft), art in general, printmaking, origami, fashion, the complete spectrum of linguistic expression, comedy, film, sculpture, graphic novels, history, esoterica, astronomy, neuroscience, philosophy, theology, hip hop, basketball, etc. etc. Chances are I'm into it. I have two awesome black cats.
  • Application Season
    2014 Fall
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    MFA Poetry

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  1. You should be aware that the published rankings are severely flawed in a systemic, methodological way. They largely reflect funding and not terribly accurately either. They're based almost exclusively on the opinions and applying habits of the applicants themselves, some of whom are more well versed in researching programs and many many others who are applying based on the rankings... in a conveniently cyclical way. Funding is great and other things are great, but look for fit in terms of what your interests are and what you wish to gain and who is there to impart it. You can find samples of the faculty's writing fairly easily on the web to get a sense of who they are and where they're coming from. Ultimately, it's pretty much all writing sample. Best of luck!
  2. Getting a job teaching creative writing does not require an MFA. It's generally predicated on publishing and acclaim. An MFA would be a nice thing on your CV, but it is not worth going into debt for, especially as it's not such a huge factor in getting the job. I was advised strongly against going into debt or paying for it. The true benefit of an MFA is having the stimulated time to work and exchange ideas; feedback and lessons from faculty; the community of writers; the new experiences; the connections; etc..If that is what you wish to gain, then by all means pursue it. I'm similarly inclined and so I applied this year, but did not get accepted. I only applied to schools with guaranteed funding, as you can see from my litany of rejections in my signature. It is a costly and time-consuming endeavor to research and apply to programs. For this reason, you might benefit from taking time off and simply continuing to write. Additionally, any time you take between graduating and applying will allow you to be even more adept and with greater knowledge and experiences, hopefully increasing your chances of getting admitted. The well-funded programs are very competitive and you'll be competing against folks like me, who are applying for a second time or third time or who have gained perspectives outside of college that lend a little something extra to their writing (I'm 29 and have taken a circuitous and ever-interesting path to get here). This is not to suggest you should artificially do anything to 'increase' your chances. Ultimately it is really all about your writing. It's more of a question of whether you want to in the near future invest your time and money, or give yourself some time. My advisor said that, since getting a teaching job requires primarily a publishing history and a reputation, even with the MFA in hand, it will take time to actually accomplish enough to get hired. She estimated a decade. She also advised NOT to take an adjunct position as that might limit your chances of getting a full position. Having an MA, MFA, or PhD will affect the types of courses you're able to teach, thus affecting your desirability as a candidate. You might consider going the Literary Studies route, while continuing to do your own creative work as you are already well on your way with that. You would still have the ability to connect with and get feedback from others in the department and community. There are some programs like UC Davis that offer an MA that is essentially an MFA, but which would easily translate into continuing on to a PhD. There are fewer creative writing PhD programs, but they do exist. Typically MFA is terminal. For instance, at my university there is a poet/professor named Ken Irby. He got his graduate degrees in math and Chinese. He then had a lengthy career as a published poet and became a member of the English department. He does not teach creative writing courses and his graduate degrees allow him (even out of the field) to teach literature courses. I'm not sure what the position is with regards to him being capable of teaching CW, but I'm sure he could if there weren't other faculty invested in that. Getting an MFA might help you to solidify that as your domain of expertise, but with an MFA you may not be teaching things like American Lit or Major Authors, etc. Regarding the application/admissions process, my understanding is that they read your portfolio and if you are good enough they then also review your other materials (statements, letters, and transcripts; in that order). In other words, your writing is the most important part. Sorry for this rambling assemblage of information. In conclusion, you should try for an MFA if you wish for it for the right reasons, do not expect to be gainfully employed as a result of it, you do not go into debt because of it, and you find it worth your money, time, and effort now. I hope some of this helps! Feel free to PM me if anything was confusing and you'd like further information or clarification.
  3. Officially struck out. Got my rejection from Indiana (finally). I'll be back with a vengeance.
  4. Although, I will say I've heard stories that give reason to hope -- people learning of acceptance 2nd week in April and even... JUNE. My policy is now to assume the worst and not get my hope up too much.
  5. I'm also waiting on Indiana, but I'm not holding my breath. I take it to mean that I'm at best a back-up to the waitlist.
  6. I was resorting to all sorts of esoterica while also constantly fantasizing about winning stupid amounts of money... but then I met someone a few days ago and now I DON'T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT ANYTHINGGGGGGGGGGGG It may be a blessing in disguise to not be leaving town in 5-6 months.
  7. Hang in there aland81! We're in the exact same boat. And we'll make safe passage across this wide gulf together. pdh12, I mean it sincerely! I can't overstate it: I love that poem.
  8. Thank you for sharing! That inspired me and got my positive energy flowing!
  9. Wow, that was utterly fantastic! I've re-read it a dozen times now.
  10. My mistake. I would definitely suggest Brown for a myriad of reasons. I was a hopeful this year and will likely re-apply next year! I wish us both well ;-)
  11. I like where your head and heart are at, but if I have more awe-inducing poems than the ones I sent, I should question my portfolio building skills. However, we could make an impromptu and unannounced road trip to Indiana and stage some sort of acceptance coup.
  12. But I'm not modifying my signature til further notice. Also, if you guys need something to occupy your mind at any point, I have a link in my profile to the film from which my profile pic is taken -- it's a FANTASTIC movie. There's a really terrific scene starting at 1 hour & 17 minutes.
  13. Do IT. I'll meet you there. I've written a poem about nenuphars. and, oh boy, a glimmer of hope still! I was feeling awfully cloudy to officially think it a wrap. Guess I need to delete some tweets now ;-)
  14. That is so kind! Thank you. I don't know what I'll do in those terms, though I'll look into it. My main plan is just to write my books. I'll probably re-apply next go-around.
  15. also I'm officially not re-applying to the programs that couldn't be bothered to give me the form letter I paid for.
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