Seth Abramson is presently a sixth-year attorney with the New Hampshire Public Defender. Beginning in August of 2007, he will be attending the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop (poetry) and teaching introductory English Literature courses at the University.
Born in Concord, Massachusetts, Seth now lives in neighboring Acton. His first collection of poetry, The Suburban Ecstasies (also the title of his long-standing personal blog) is presently seeking a publisher. His poems have been published widely in print, including such venues as AGNI, The Antioch Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Boston Review, Colorado Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Denver Quarterly, Gettysburg Review, Harvard Review, The Iowa Review, jubilat, Pleiades, Poetry Daily, Salmagundi, The Southern Review, and Verse.
A graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School, Seth's interest in the MFA application process dates to the summer of 2006, when he immersed himself in "hard data" about MFA programs in preparation for his own graduate school applications. His website now includes the first comprehensive MFA program rankings since U.S. News & World Report last ranked MFA programs in 1997. A funding-weighted ranking (delineated "The Kealey Scale" in honor of its inspiration) can be found here; a large-scale poll of MFA applicants conducted on the popular Poets & Writers website can be found here; and a composite of the funding-weighted "TKS" ranking and the Poets & Writers poll can be found here.
Seth's website also includes hard-to-find acceptance rate data, a chart of application response times for various MFA programs, an analysis of which schools' graduates are most likely to teach at the top 25 MFA programs, and a largely-for-fun assessment of which schools' graduates win the highest number of major awards, honors, and fellowships.