I have two questions, really. I am currently working on my own MFA search, and I would of course like to choose some programs with faculty whose writing I respect. Unfortunately I find that I rarely recognize the faculty names or titles they have written. What would you suggest as a good way to become familiar with faculty writings? Thus far I have been trying to search out faculty written books at my local library, with limited results. I was also wondering if you had any ideas for other methods to learn whether or not one would like to work with a school's faculty? Many thanks!
I am currently doing the same thing. These are some suggestions:
**i would look at each program's list of faculty for the particular genre you are interested in and check your local mega bookstore for the title.
Note that sometimes only excerpts are published within a magazine, anthology, or literary journal. people are allowed to just sit for the whole day and read something without having the obligation to buy.
**check the public University libraries closest to you for particular book titles and journal holdings. A large University library holds an extensive collection of literary journals. Try and see if your local library has a borrowing agreement with other libraries, too.
**otherwise, i think you need to actually purchase the book for yourself or track down someone who bought it for themselves. If it's from a journal, track down a subscriber (person or library).
**in regards to working with faculty, i would check if the particular faculty member has their own webpage. it's normally chock-full with work tidbits and biographical information.