Other Concentrations

Poetry Concentration

The MFA program in poetry is a three-year, individualized apprenticeship to the art of poetry within a supportive community of writers. We welcome and encourage a variety of aesthetics, experimentation, and active engagement with poetic history. While schedules of coursework are individual, each poet in the program participates in three key courses. In the first year, all entering poets take the Forms of Poetry. In the second year, a research seminar fondly called Poetry Planet prepares students for the MFA exam, taken at the end of the second year and based on a student’s individual list of twenty poets. By the third year, all poets participate in the Advanced Workshop, focused on the whole of student’s evolving thesis. Our diverse curriculum includes writing workshops, literature seminars, and special topics courses such as seminars in the book arts, hybrid forms, the poetic sequence, translation, writing after reading, and the prose poem.