The Master of Fine Arts program at Drew University is a two-year, low-residency program for poets and poet-translators. The program features some of America’s most renowned and talented poets working closely with our students to help each one develop a body a work and a unique voice. The low-residency experience sets the groundwork for disciplined habits and prepares students for a rewarding writing life. Graduates of the program have a thorough knowledge of craft, poetics, and the work of writers from various eras and cultures. They become part of a non-competitive community that provides lasting support and stimulation, a community for whom poetry is indispensible, irreplaceable.

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Program Overview
The M.F.A. requires that each student working on an M.F.A. in Poetry OR Poetry in Translation attend five residencies and complete four mentorship semesters for a total of 64 credits. Students working toward the M.F.A. in Poetry AND Poetry in Translation attend six residencies and complete five mentorship semesters for a total of 80 credits.

  • During the course of the M.F.A. program, students and faculty gather at Drew University  twice a year for ten days of readings, lectures, workshops, one-on-one conferences, and informal exchanges; they live and learn together, fostering a strong sense of community.
  • Following the residencies, students return home to continue their work under the guidance of faculty mentors.
  • Academic merit scholarships are competitive and range from 10% to 50% of tuition.
  • The 2011-2012 cost of tuition is $443 per credit plus a $950 fee for each residency.

In addition to receiving individualized attention from our aesthetically diverse, award-winning MFA faculty, students have opportunities to interact with visiting writers, such as Maxine Kumin, Philip Levine, Edward Hirsch, C.K. Williams, Patricia Smith, Peter Cole, Willis Barnstone, Lynn Emanuel, David Young, Shole Wolpe, Kimiko Hahn, John Balaban, Alice Notley, and Yusef Komunyakaa.

Publications and Awards
Consult the M.F.A. News section and Faculty page for a list of publications and awards by our faculty and alumni.

The Robert Bly Translation Prize is awarded to a manuscript of poetry translated from any language into English by an advanced translation student or alumnus of the M.F.A. Program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation at Drew University.

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