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2014 - 2015

Katy Didden, Poet
Amanda Coplin, Fiction Writer

Sara Eliza Johnson and Jeffery Schultz, Poets
Fiction Search Candidates (TBA)

Sidney Wade, Poet

Specific dates and times to be announced.

Readings are free and open to the public.
Click here for more information regarding this year's schedule.

Welcome to the University of Oregon's Creative Writing Program website. We are a dynamic program of six regular faculty members, occasional visiting faculty, MFA students, undergraduates, and a large extended community of alumni and friends. You can read about all of them here.

Students in our MFA Program work intensively with our faculty in regular individual tutorials and in small workshops. The Oregon MFA privileges the workshop, integrating concentrated time for writing with craft seminars and reading tutorials. You'll hear our program is not for the faint of heart. It isn't—and we're proud of that. We hope to offer our students the rigorous apprenticeship we undertook with our own teachers.

Our undergraduate curriculum offers introductory, intermediate, and advanced writing courses in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Highlights of our undergraduate offerings include the Kidd Tutorial Program and a Minor in Creative Writing.


  In Memoriam  
  John Haislip (1925 - 2011)  
  George Hitchcock (1914 - 2010)  
  Myles Brand (1942 - 2009)  


Are you an alum? Have news to share? Let us know.
Click on "Alumni" above for additional information.

06/2014: Miles Wilson (Fiction MFA '68) is the author of a collection of stories, Line of Fall  (University of Iowa Press) and a collection of poems, Harm (University of Nevada Press). His newest release, Fire Season (Stephen F. Austin State University Press) had its genesis as a story in his MFA thesis. He is a member of the English faculty at Texas State University where he was founding director of the MFA program. He now lives half the year on the McKenzie. Congratulations, Miles!
05/28/14: Susan Rich's (Poetry MFA '96) fourth collection of poetry, Cloud Pharmacy, was released this spring from White Pine Press. Rich's third book, The Alchemist's Kitchen, was a finalist for the Foward Prize and Washington Book Award. Congratulations, Susan!  
author_danny anderson author_danny anderson 04/01/2014: Associate Professor Danny Anderson's new book, The Night Guard at the Wilberforce Hotel, is just out from Johns Hopkins University Press. Congratulations, Danny!  
author_keetje_kuipers author_keetje_kuipers 04/01/2014: Congratulations to Keetje Kuipers (Poetry MFA '06) on the publication of her second collection, The Keys to the Jail (BOA Editions, Ltd.). Keetje's first collection, Beautiful in the Mouth, also BOA Editions, Ltd. (2010), was awarded the 2009 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. Read more...  
author_francesca_varela author_francesca_varela 03/24/2014: Congratulations to Francesca Varela on her first publication, Call of the Sun Child (Homebound Publications). Francesca is a junior pursuing a minor in Creative Writing. Read more...  
03/2014: Congratulations to Timothy Lane, former Kidd Tutorial Program student, whose first novel, Rules for Becoming a Legend, will be published March 17 by Viking. Read more...  

02/05/2014: Congratulations to Keetje Kuipers and Tarn Painter-MacArthur! Both are among the prizewinners of the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prizes awarded for 2013:

  • Keetje Kuipers (Poetry MFA '06) – The story; Ought; and Jonathan Plays in the Key of E

  • Tarn Painter-MacArthur (Poetry MFA '14) The Neighbour; Little Brother at the Altar; The Fox


12/2013: Chloe Garcia Roberts (Poetry MFA '07) will be published in 2015; Noemi Press has accepted her book, The Halfbreed. Her translations of Li Shangyin's "Derangements of My Contemporaries," the manuscript for which she won a PEN/Heim Translation fund, will be published next spring by New Directions Press. Congratulations, Chloe! Read more...
11/17/2013: Dawn Diez Willis (Poetry MFA '98) published her first full-length poetry collection, Still Life with Judas & Lightning (Airlie Press), in October. Congratulations, Dawn!  

11/2013: Two of the five winners of the 2013 National Poetry Series Open Competition are from our MFA program.

  • Jeff Schultz (Poetry MFA '03) The manuscript of Jeff's first book, What Ridiculous Things We Could Ask of Each Other, was selected by judge Kevin Young for publication by University of Georgia Press.
  • Sara Eliza Johnson (Poetry MFA '09) Sara's manuscript, Bone Map, was chosen by Martha Collins for publication by Milkweed Editions.
They join UO MFA poetry alum Eugene Gloria whose manuscript has also been selected for this prestigious series. Congratulations, Jeff and Sara!
09/2013: Kirstin Valdez Quade (Fiction MFA '09) recently received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award for 2013 and a two-book contract with Norton for a collection of stories titled "Jubilee," and a novel, "Via Dolorosa." Kirstin was a Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jone Lecturer at Stanford, where she is now a Nancy Packer Lecturer. Congratulations, Kirstin!  
09/2013: Michelle Peñaloza (Poetry MFA '11) received a waiter-scholarship at Bread Loaf over Summer 2013. In addition, she was recently named a Made at Hugo House Fellow. Congratulations, Michelle!  
09/2013: Congratulations to Erin Hoover (Poetry MFA '05) on the inclusion of her poem "On the Origin of Species" in Best New Poets 2013.  
08/2013: The National Endowment for the Arts has announced that Erdag Göknar (Fiction MFA '93) received a $25,000 grant to support the translation from Ottoman Turkish of the epic poem Insurgency by Nazim Hikmet. Congratulations Erdag!  
06/2013: Sarah Hulse (Fiction MFA '12) landed a two-book deal with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. They will be publishing the novel Sarah was working on while in the MFA program (currently titled Black River), with a second novel to follow. Congratulations, Sarah!  
Portait of Gary Clark 05/02/2013: Gary Clark (Poetry MFA '92), named President of Vermont Studio Center. Congratulations, Gary!  
Portrait of Eugene Gloria Book Cover - My Favorit Warlord 04/22/2013: Eugene Gloria (Poetry MFA '92), author of My Favorite Warlord (Penguin Books, 2012), is among the five winners of the 2013 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. Gloria joins former UO faculty awardees Chang-rae Lee and Reetika Vazirani in receiving this honor. Congratulations!  
Portrait of Major Jackson 04/2013: Congratulations to Major Jackson (Poetry MFA '99) for being awarded a 2013-2014 Guggenheim Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.  
Portrait of Felecia Caton Garcia Book Cover - Say That 03/15/2013: Congratulations to
Felecia Caton Garcia (Poetry MFA '98) for
Say That
(University of New Mexico Press).
Portrait of Kirstin Valdez Quade 03/2013: Narrative magazine names "Nemecia" by Kirstin Valdez Quade (Fiction MFA '09) as the First Place winner in its Spring 2012 Story Contest. Her prize-winning story is included in Best American Short Stories, 2013.  
Portrait of Brenden Willey 03/2013: Brenden Willey (Fiction MFA '09) named Wallace Stegner Fellow for 2013-2014. Brenden joins past Stegner Fellows from the UO Creative Writing Program: Kirsten Valdez Quade (Fiction MFA '09), Keetje Kuipers (Poetry MFA '05), and Shimon Tanaka (Fiction MFA '05). Congratulations, Brenden!  
Portrait of Alexis Pappas 03/2013: Alexi Pappas, who currently studies with Professors Garrett Hongo and Jason Brown in the Creative Writing Program, is known by fans of Oregon cross country as the young woman who burst on to the scene in Fall 2012 and became a key contributor on a team that won its first conference title since 1995 and claimed its first NCAA Championship since 1987. Read more.  
02/01/2013: Congratulations to
Joshua Robbins (Poetry MFA '03) for
Praise Nothing
(University of Arkansas Press).
01/2013: Literary Arts announced the recipients of the 2013 Oregon Literary Fellowships to writers and to publishers. The judges named eight writers and two publishers to receive grants of $2,500 each. Congratulations to our own Jessa Heath (Poetry MFA 2013) - recipient of The Oregon Poetry Community Fellowship.  
01/2013: Congratulations to Erdag Göknar (Fiction MFA '93) for his new release, Orhan Pamuk, Secularism and Blasphemy (the first critical study of all of Orhan Pamuk's novels, including the early untranslated work). Göknar is Assistant Professor of Turkish Studies at Duke University and the award-winning translator of Orhan Paumk's My Name is Red.  
01/17/13: Poetry Daily features Professor Geri Doran's "No Edge, No Falling."  

As part of the MFA application season, LitBridge, a new online resource for writers, collected profiles from the perspective of students currently attending some of the most prestigious MFA programs. Click here to review responses provided by our own Julia Dasbach (Poetry MFA '13) and Sarah Gurman (Fiction MFA '13).  
08/01/12: Congratulations to Keetje Kuipers (Poetry MFA 2006) on her new appointment as Assistant Professor of Creative Writing (Poetry) at Auburn University in Alabama. Keetje also has poems recently published in or forthcoming from Jubilat and Orion. Her first published creative nonfiction piece, "The Hunders," will appear in the Winter 2012 issue of the Gettysburg Review (an excerpt from her memoir-in-progress about the seven-months wilderness writing residency in a cabin in southern Oregon).  
Jill Leininger (Poetry MFA 1999)'s collection, "The Way I'll Leave You," was selected by Judge Mark Doty as the winner of the 2011 BLOOM Chapbook Contest.  
04/21/12: Sarah Hulse (Fiction MFA 2012) named 2012-2013 Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing's James C. McCreight Fellow.
Congratulations, Sarah!

04/2012: Lantern Review Blog : "A Conversation with Garrett Hongo"
           Poem-A-Day : "
Holiday in Honolulu"
           The Asian-American Literary Review
IIP Digital / US Embassy (article)
Image & Word Symposium (group photo)

  02/27/12: Garrett Hongo will be reading at the Library of Congress on April 13 and serving on a panel for the Edgar P. Richardson Symposium at the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery on April 14. In May, he will be Poet-in-Residence at La Macina San Cresci in Greve, Italy and a guest Lecturer in American Studies at the University of Florence.  
12/21/11: Poetry Daily features two poems by Geri Doran from her new release, Sanderlings.  
11/2011: Major Jackson (Poetry MFA 1999) and Gary Clark (Poetry MFA 1992) at the Jackson Poetry Prize celebration at the Yale Club. Major Jackson is Associate Professor of English at the University of Vermont. Gary Clark is Literary Director of the Vermont Studio Center. The 2011 Jackson Poetry Prize recipient is James Richardson. Richardson was selected by three esteemed judges—poets Mark Doty, Rita Dove, and Gerald Stern. Richardson serves as thesis director to Sonya Posmentier (UO CRWR MFA '99), a PhD candidate in English/Comp Lit at Princeton.  
10/13/11: UO CRWR MFA and former Associate Professor Chang-rae Lee and his wife, Michelle Branca Lee (UO, M.Arch.), attend the White House State Dinner hosted by President and First Lady Obama for President Lee of South Korea.  

10/03/11: Poetry Daily features "Waimeo-of-the-Dead" from Garrett Hongo's new release, Coral Road, as its poem-of-the-day.

09/27/11: Professor Garrett Hongo's new book, Coral Road, is just out from Knopf! Congratulations, Garrett!
07/30/11: Assistant Professor Geri Doran's new book, Sanderlings, is just out from Tupelo Press! Congratulations, Geri!
Michelle Peñaloza (Poetry MFA 2011) is highlighted in the Lantern Review Blog regarding the origins and process of making her poem.  
Elyse Fenton (Poetry MFA 2007)
Texas Institute of Letters Winner,
Bob Bush Memorial Award for First Book of Poetry
Zonde Zinke (MFA Student - Fiction)
2011 Margaret McBride Lehrman Fellowship
  Sarah Hulse (MFA Student - Fiction)
Willow Springs Fiction Prize Winner
Lory Bedikian (Poetry MFA 2002)
Philip Levine Prize in Poetry Winner

Professor David Bradley appears on 60 Minutes to discuss the recent controversy regarding Huckleberry Finn and "the N-word."  
Professor Ehud Havazelet's short story "Gurov in Manhattan" to appear in The Best American Short Stories 2011.