Friday, June 23, 2006

Future Rutgers Program?

Jersey Girl writes...

I was reading a piece by Jayne Anne Phillips in the newest issue of Narrative Magazine, and it says that she'll be the director of a new MFA program in creative writing at Rutgers, starting fall 2007, but I was unable to find any information about it online. Do you know anything? Thanks!

I don't, Jersey Girl. But hopefully someone here will.

9 comments:

Dan said...

I wouldn't be too optimistic about a Rutgers MFA program. I did my undergrad there and found very little respect given to creative writing teachers by the administration.

Laurie Scheck was voted the top instructor at the university (possibly 2 years in a row, but I don't recall). It was almost impossible to get into her class, she was so popular. (I never got in.)

Rutgers thought so highly of her they didn't rehire her. So she took a job teaching at Princeton.

WTF?

The best creative writing teacher I had at Rutgers, Elaine Equi, now teaches at the New School in NYC. The others I had were mediocre-to-bad.

(Although there was one poet I never had who supposedly was very good. I can't recall his name, but I know he was big w/ the Nuyorican Cafe. A Spanish name, but I can't recall who.)

Basically, I wouldn't be too optimistic about a serious commitment to such a program from Rutgers, particularly considering all the recent controversies involving the school. I still live close enough (Philly) that it would make sense for me to apply if they had one, but I'd probably pass.

lawootten said...

Tayari Jones, author of novels Leaving Atlanta and The Untelling has announced on her website, tayarijones.com that she is joining the Rutgers mfa faculty headed by Jayne Anne Phillips. It is a go.

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Anonymous said...

Greetings!

We’re very pleased to offer the Rutgers-Newark Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing*, now accepting applications in Fiction, Poetry and Nonfiction for Fall, 2007. Please see our website, www.mfa.newark.rutgers.edu for interactive details and a full description of our curriculum.

Our (36 credit hour studio/academic) MFA Program is located on the most richly diverse undergraduate campus in the nation, a mere PATH train ride from Manhattan. We’ll host the dynamic Writers At Newark Reading Series, offer every student the option of graduating with a published chapbook, and allow students to deepen their creative work with an Electives Concentration in Literature/Book Arts, Cultural/Political, Ethnic Studies, or Performance/Media Studies. Newark is an amazing Renaissance city in which all worlds meet, and tuition is affordable (see 'How to Apply'). Our program logo is 'Rutgers-Newark: Real Lives, Real Stories,' and our evening workshops offer a real world literary apprenticeship to both full time students and to those balancing careers and families in their writing lives.

Our Writing Faculty in Fiction includes novelist, short story writer and MFA Director Jayne Anne Phillips, novelist Tayari Jones, and short story writer Alice Elliott Dark (In The Gloaming). Our Poetry faculty are distinguished poet and translator Rachel Hadas and M.F. Steinhardt Visiting Writers Rigoberto González and D. Nurkse. Our accomplished Nonfiction faculty are Pulitzer Prize finalist James Goodman, Vietnam and science fiction specialist H. Bruce Franklin, and jazz pianist and author Lewis Porter. Writers visiting in 2007/08 include, among others, Rick Moody, Suketu Mehta, Jo Ann Beard, Major Jackson, Katherine Russell Rich, Junot Diaz, Cyrus Cassells, Monique Troung, Elisa Albert, and Ed Schwarzschild.

Please help us spread word of this exciting new program and kindly forward this announcement. Our Home Page is printable as a flier and we invite our colleagues to post it. Deadline for financial aid is March 1. We hope to accept our inaugural class by April 15, 2007; applicants applying after that date should contact MFA Director Jayne Anne Phillips for information on applications. We invite all receiving this email to our Writers At Newark 2007/08 Series at Paul Robeson Gallery, and hope to see you on campus.

Thank you.
Warm regards,
Jayne Anne Phillips
Director, Rutgers-Newark MFA Program
*Pending approval of the NJ Board of Governors

Anonymous said...

We’re very pleased to offer the Rutgers-Newark Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing*, now accepting applications in Fiction, Poetry and Nonfiction for Fall, 2007. Please see our website, www.mfa.newark.rutgers.edu for interactive details and a full description of our curriculum.

Our (36 credit hour studio/academic) MFA Program is located on the most richly diverse undergraduate campus in the nation, a mere PATH train ride from Manhattan. We’ll host the dynamic Writers At Newark Reading Series, offer every student the option of graduating with a published chapbook, and allow students to deepen their creative work with an Electives Concentration in Literature/Book Arts, Cultural/Political, Ethnic Studies, or Performance/Media Studies. Newark is an amazing Renaissance city in which all worlds meet, and tuition is affordable (see 'How to Apply'). Our program logo is 'Rutgers-Newark: Real Lives, Real Stories,' and our evening workshops offer a real world literary apprenticeship to both full time students and to those balancing careers and families in their writing lives.

Our Writing Faculty in Fiction includes novelist, short story writer and MFA Director Jayne Anne Phillips, novelist Tayari Jones, and short story writer Alice Elliott Dark (In The Gloaming). Our Poetry faculty are distinguished poet and translator Rachel Hadas and M.F. Steinhardt Visiting Writers Rigoberto González and D. Nurkse. Our accomplished Nonfiction faculty are Pulitzer Prize finalist James Goodman, Vietnam and science fiction specialist H. Bruce Franklin, and jazz pianist and author Lewis Porter. Writers visiting in 2007/08 include, among others, Rick Moody, Suketu Mehta, Jo Ann Beard, Major Jackson, Katherine Russell Rich, Junot Diaz, Cyrus Cassells, Monique Troung, Elisa Albert, and Ed Schwarzschild.

Please help us spread word of this exciting new program and kindly forward this announcement. Our Home Page is printable as a flier and we invite our colleagues to post it. Deadline for financial aid is March 1. We hope to accept our inaugural class by April 15, 2007; applicants applying after that date should contact MFA Director Jayne Anne Phillips for information on applications. We invite all receiving this email to our Writers At Newark 2007/08 Series at Paul Robeson Gallery, and hope to see you on campus.

Thank you.
Warm regards,
Jayne Anne Phillips
Director, Rutgers-Newark MFA Program
*Pending approval of the NJ Board of Governors

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