Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Allison Leigh Peters Joins the MFA Blog
This April I'll be finishing my BA in English Language & Literature and Honors Creative Writing at the University of Michigan. As a 21-year-old, I'm currently applying to a number of MFA programs, including the University of Michigan's highly-acclaimed program, as well as Brown's, and the generously-funded Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University (which, incidentally, does not actually offer an MFA, although it is a fully-paid with stipend two-year writing residency).
I'm all for the idea that you shouldn't have to pay to perfect your art. So with my blog posts I'd like to concentrate on information and tips for applying to schools that offer exceptional financing, whether it be in terms of fellowships, grants, paid teaching assistantships, scholarships, publishing gigs, or whatever else may come up. As someone who is not yet admitted to an MFA program, I'm also interested in creative alternatives—including various national and international writing fellowships and residencies, as well as publishing opportunities and creative writing contests—which I hope to discuss as options to either precede the MFA to better prepare a student for intense creative study or to supplement the MFA.
I look forward to sharing and exchanging knowledge and information with you. Here's to it!
Allison Leigh Peters won an Academy of American Poets Prize in 2010. Her most recent work has been published in The Michigan Quarterly Review, Connotation Press, Oberon Poetry Magazine, Fortnight Literary Press and Third Wednesday, among others. She studies English Language & Literature, Creative Writing and Global Media Studies at the University of Michigan, where she works as a Digital Publishing Assistant for MPublishing and as an Editorial Assistant for UM's Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning. She is a contributing writer and editor for Portico, Associate Editor for the UM Undergraduate Research Journal and the Co-Editor-in-Chief for Xylem Literary Magazine. She volunteers at 826Michigan and lives in Ann Arbor.
Check out Allison's own poetry blog, Knuckle Twenty-Nine.