Question from D:
I'm reading as fast as my brain can process, but have not yet come across the answer to my most pressing question so, if you have just a minute, please help. The deadline for applications is fast-approaching and I'm wondering if it's a bad idea to submit two separate applications to one program. I feel my poetry and short-fiction are equally strong, but I tend to favor poetry. Would it be a horrible idea to apply in both genres as far as my top programs are concerned? Schools usually post rules about this (that it is allowed but you must pay two fees, submit two applications, etc.), but I feel I'll end up in the can if I do this...seen as too flighty. Especially the way poets are about the craft. What do you think? Know anyone who succeeded in this way? Failed miserably?
Thanks so much for your great book, and for all the time you put into the blog. What would we do without you?
Hey, thanks for the kind words, D. Hypothetically, you should be able to apply in both genres. However, I think your gut instinct is right-on. Programs might see you, unfairly, as flighty or not serious. Since poetry is what you're sincerely interested in, I'd encourage you to only apply in that genre to programs. Best of luck, and of course we welcome other comments!