Brooklyn College's MFA Program is delighted to announce that MacArthur Fellow and New Yorker 20 Under 40 writer Dinaw Mengestu will be joining the full-time fiction faculty in the fall of 2014.
This small, highly
personal two-year program in creative writing confers Masters of Fine
Arts degrees in fiction, poetry, and playwriting. It offers single-discipline
and inter-genre workshops, literature seminars, small-group reading tutorials,
and one-on-one tutorials, all of which emphasize relationships between eminent
faculty and students. Additionally, students have the opportunity to work
on our literary journal, The Brooklyn Review, and give public readings and performances
in Brooklyn and Manhattan. The program offers some fellowships and prizes. Students may also teach undergraduate courses for the English
Our graduates have
had their work published widely and have won competitions sponsored by
the Iowa Review, the Colorado Review, the Mississippi Review,
and Zoetrope, among many others. They have had books published, received major prizes, founded presses and literary journals, and been included in numerous anthologies, including The Best New Young
Poets, Best American Short Stories, Best American Nonrequired Reading, O. Henry, and Pushcart. Our playwrights
have won Obies and Guggenheim Awards, started theater companies, and had their plays produced
here and abroad. For more information about what our students, alumni, and faculty are up to, please visit our Student Publications, Announcements, and Events pages.
We host regular on-campus
readings by some of the most gifted writers at work
today. These readings are intimate, meant for students in the program and
members of the community. The writers read from their work and speak
informally to students about the writing process. Recent visiting writers include: Jeff Allen, Allison Amend, Benjamin Anastas, L.A. Asekoff, Jonathan Baumbach, Caroline Bergvall, Anselm Berrigan, Frank Bidart, Amy Bloom, Lucy Brock-Broido, Susan Choi, Lisa D'Amour, Erin Courtney, Edwidge Danticat, John Darnton,
Jonathan Dee, Stacey D'Erasmo, Timothy Donnelly, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Marcella Durand, Amy Eddings, Eric Ehn, Jennifer Egan, Nathan Englander, Joshua Ferris, Jonathan Safran Foer, Graham Foust, Elizabeth Gaffney, Mary Gaitskill, Melissa Gibson, Francisco Goldman, Kenneth Goldsmith,
David Grubbs, Pete Hamill, Susan Howe, Erica Hunt, Linda Susan Jackson, Julia Jarcho, Lisa Jarnot, Len Jenkin, Robert Kelly, Sibyl Kempson, Jhumpa Lahiri, Sydney
Lea, Jonathan Lethem, Tan Lin, Phillip Lopate, Sam Lipsyte, Alice Mattison, Colum McCann, Frank McCourt, Ernesto Mestre, Anna Moschovakis, Paul Muldoon, Dennis Nurkse, Geoffrey G. O'Brien, Stephen O'Connor, Joseph O'Neill, Jenny
Offill, Julie Otsuka, Caryl Phillips, Marie Ponsot, Francine Prose, Nava Renek, Roxana Robinson, Sarah Ruhl, Karen Russell, Sapphire, Gjertrud Schnackenberg, Helen Schulman, Elizabeth Searle, Sara Shepard, Lorna Simpson, Darin Strauss, Gary Shteyngart,
Elizabeth Strout, Lawrence Thornton, Colm Tóibín, Kate Walbert, Colson Whitehead, Diane Williams, Liz Willis, and Mark Yakich.
To read about some of our students, please see the recent Poets & Writers "MFA Nation" feature.
To read a recent issue of our literary journal, The
Brooklyn Review, click