Monday, June 19, 2006
Needed: More Online Reviews
I feel a little awkward in asking this, but I've run into a problem over at Amazon.com.
The MFA Handbook has twelve reader reviews. Eleven 5-star ratings, and one 1-star rating. The 1-star rater thinks "Kealey has some type of bone to pick with Iowa, and my guess is that he was probably rejected at some point."
You can read my review of the Iowa program here. The reviewer, curiously, also adds "Everything that Kealey says is true."
In any case, what I'm asking is: If you've read the MFA Handbook and found it helpful, I'd really appreciate it if you could leave a short review at Amazon, BN.com, or Powell's. You don't have to feel the need to reply to the Iowa issue. I don't want this to be about Iowa. I want it to be about the book itself and whether it's helpful or not.
If the spirit moves you, I'd appreciate any comments you feel comfortable in posting. Thanks in advance.
And for the record: I applied to MFA programs only once, and I applied to five programs. Iowa was not among them. If the twenty-six year old Tom Kealey (when I initially applied) knew what the thirty-six year old Tom Kealey knew -- that applying to between eight and twelve programs is a smart move -- Iowa would likely be among them. That said, I stand behind my comments on the program.