Fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. 2016 faculty include Brenda Aghahowa, Forrest Hazard, and Christine Ohale.
Faculty include Don De Grazia, Garnett Kilberg-Cohen, Aviya Kushner, Eric May, Patricia McNair, Joe Meno, and Alexis Pride, David Lazar, Shawn Shiflett, Tony Trigilio, David Trinidad, Sam Weller.
The graduate creative writing program housed in Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies has been conferring MFA and MA degrees for more than a dozen years and currently its degree tracks are fiction, poetry, nonfiction, popular fiction, dual genre and publishing and professional development. Faculty Director is Christine Sneed. 2022 faculty include: Paula Carter, Gioia Diliberto, Charles Finch, Gina Frangello, Rebecca Morgan Frank, Miles Harvey, Laurie Lawlor, Rebecca Makkai, Juan Martinez, Faisal Mohyuddin, Natalie Moore, Simone Muench, Naeem Murr, Lori Rader-Day, Ed Roberson, Donna Seaman, Megan Stielstra, Rachel Jamison Webster, and Michael Zapata.
Many of its alumni have gone on to publish poetry and prose with distinction. Among them are fiction writers Ross Ritchell (The Knife, 2015), Tara Stringfellow (Memphis, forthcoming 2022), Charles “LC” Fiore (Coyote Loop, 2021), Jennifer Companik (Check Engine and Other Stories, 2021) Ignatius Aloysius (Fishhead: Republic of Want, 2020), Allison Epstein (A Tip for the Hangman, 2021) Cheryl Reed (Poison Girls, 2017), nonfiction authors Kevin Davis (The Brain Defense, 2017) and Sara Connell (Bringing in Finn, 2011), and poet Virginia Rice Smith (When I Wake It Will Be Forever, 2014).
Its students coedit TriQuarterly Online with creative writing students in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and have taken part in publishing and teaching internships with presses and organizations including Agate Publishing, Northwestern University Press, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, 826 CHI, 826 Valencia, with future internships also available at Tortoise Books and with New York literary agents based in Chicago.
Roosevelt University’s main facilities look out onto the spectacular, iconic Chicago of Michigan Avenue. Roosevelt’s MFA program started in 1999 and has since graduated a steady stream of accomplished authors. It offers specialties in fiction and creative non-fiction. MFA candidates, under the guidance of a faculty advisor, edit the university’s annual literary magazine, The Oyez Review. The magazine, in publication since 1965, has developed a reputation for high-quality literary work.
Program director Christian TeBordo currently leads a program that includes a faculty of Regina Buccola and Kyle Beachy. TeBordo took over for Scott Blackwood.
Notable writers with affiliations to Roosevelt University include:
More recent graduates include Lori Rader-Day, Jessica Anne, and Cassandra Morrison.
Roosevelt also offers undergraduate creative writing classes that are tended to by the entire English faculty as well as the creative writing faculty. Students with a creative writing concentration work toward a capstone project on par with graduate-level work.
Roosevelt University’s writing program, though mostly populated with Chicagoans, entices a good number of out-of-state applicants.
“Crossing freely between the genres of poetry, fiction, playwriting/screenwriting, nonfiction, and across the school…writers design their own track of interests and learn to trust the authority of their own intuition.” 2016 faculty include Janet Desaulniers, Calvin Forbes, and James McManus.
“An alternative to an MFA.”
UIC offers a PhD in English with creative dissertation and also an MA in English with creative manuscript. The MA is considered preparation to enter an PhD program, either in literature or creative writing; or a degree to prepare a writer to enter jobs in publishing, public relations, high school or community college teaching, grant writing, corporate writing, and other communications fields.
Sterling Plumpp’s. People. Jeffrey Renard Allen (committed for his doctorate), Reginald Young (was on his), chaired Duriel E. Harris’s thesis. Tyehimba Jess majoring in sociology. Came to U-IC specifically to take course on Black Aeshetic. Most important writer, Amira Baraka.
Faculty includes: Cris Mazza