MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics

The MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics is a two-year, 48-credit, in-residence degree program. Graduate students are encouraged to take classes across genres, enabling them to investigate a personal, intensely original writing process and style. In addition to workshops, students have the opportunity to broaden their scope by taking courses in publishing, letterpress printing, pedagogy, and contemplative practice. Apply Now!


The Jack Kerouac School offers a unique opportunity to engage the creative and critical in a contemplative setting. Once a moniker of our itinerant historical roots as a School, disembodied now also reflects the protean in the experiment—how we torque static limits in form and content and bring forward new questions that both invigorate and challenge the current dialogue in writing today. This includes incorporating embodied poetics: the somatic, the performative, the cellular.

  • Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, and Jack Kerouac School Graduate Fellowships
  • Open genre curriculum
  • Writers in Community cohort course with guest faculty
  • New workshops and poetics seminars
  • Small class sizes
  • Expanded reading series and events
  • Publishing and professional development opportunities working with our journals Bombay Gin and Something on Paper.
  • Additional opportunities: graduate instructor positions & graduate assistantships.


Contemporary, innovative writing practices follow an experimental approach: the writer is experimenting not just with form or content, but also with the larger frame. Genre is the frame. What writing is or could be is the frame. We offer our students the space to incubate [generate] their frames. Do you want to write something that changes everything, even you?

January 13, 2014 is the priority deadline to submit your application and be considered for fellowships and writing center graduate assistantships. For more information, please contact us at or

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