MFA Current Students
Our students come from all over the country and have previously attended such colleges and universities as Bucknell, East Carolina, Eastern Michigan, Emory, Florida State, Fordham, Louisiana State, Mercer University, Mississippi State, Sarah Lawrence College, SUNY Fredonia, Tulane, University of Virginia, University of Wisconsin, Wake Forest, Washington University in St. Louis, West Virginia University, and many more. Most of our students range in age from their twenties to their forties, some completing other graduate degrees before joining our program.
Writers Who Publish
Although we don’t expect incoming students to have published their work, since our program began in 2001, our students have been publishing their poems, stories, and essays in many national journals.
GC students have published in such journals as Backwards City Review, Big Muddy, Bloom, Cimarron Review, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Cream City Review, Descant, Dos Passos Review, Eclipse, International Poetry Review, McSweeney’s, Meridian, Nimrod, Pebble Lake, Poet Lore, Quick Fiction, Rattle, Redivider, River Teeth, Salt Hill, Santa Clara Review, Spinning Jenny, Thema, Touchstone, and many others.
See our Alumni page for news about first book publications and other accomplishments by our graduates.
One of the highlights of our community of writers is the annual Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) national conference. MFA students have attended conferences in New Orleans (2002), Baltimore (2003), Chicago (2004), Vancouver, British Columbia (2005), Austin (2006), Atlanta (2007), New York (2008), and Chicago (2009), and most recently in Seattle in spring of 2014.
On campus, students gather for social events downtown or at student/faculty homes and the end-of-the-year MFA Graduation Party. Our students sponsor the Monday Munch, a monthly reading series featuring MFA students, and the Red Earth Reading series, a coffee house event featuring both MFA and senior-level undergraduate writers. Students also meet and work with many visiting writers.
Creative Writing students at Georgia College have won national AWP Intro Journals Project Awards and, in 2005, MFA candidate Miller Oberman (2006) was awarded a $15,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship from The Poetry Foundation. Recently, Rachael Peckham (2004) was hired as an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Marshall University. Ashley Eisenger (2009) was awarded a full assistantship to work on her PhD (in fiction) at the University of Houston, starting fall 2009.
Other students have also pursued doctoral work, including Michael Fischer (Western Michigan University), Scott Sands (Southern Illinois University), Sara Hughes (Georgia State University) and Bellee Jones (University of Alabama). Several of our recent graduates have gone on to full-time teaching positions at Tusculum College, UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State, Western Carolina University, Indiana Wesleyan University, West Virginia University, St. John’s University, Penn State-the Behrend Campus, and Gardner-Webb University.