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Dates and Deadlines

December 11, 2020 - End of Fall Non-Residential Semester: Final manuscripts are due to faculty mentor.

January 1, 2021 - Official end of 2020! 

January 11, 2021 - Spring Non-Residential Semester Begins.

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New and continuing students who wish to apply for financial aid should complete a FAFSA and both the summer and the fall/spring loan applications.  

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Ashland University

MFA in Creative Writing

Bixler Center for Humanities
401 College Ave.
Ashland, Ohio 44805

Christian Kiefer

Rebecca Parillo
Administrative Director

Scout Weber
Office Assistant 

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New Poetry Faculty

We are pleased to announce that we have three new poets joining our faculty. They are all wonderful poets and educators. We are excited to have them join our team! Check out their work below: 

Tess Taylor
is the author of five acclaimed collections of poetry, and her criticism and non-fiction appear widely. Critic Stephanie Burt called Work & Days, her second book “our moment’s Georgic” and it was named one of the 10 best books of poetry of 2016 by The New York Times. She was a Distinguished Fulbright US Scholar to the Seamus Heaney Centre in Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and has served as on air poetry reviewer for NPR’s All Things Considered for over a decade. In spring 2020 she published two books of poems: Last West, part of Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures, at the MoMA, and Rift Zone, called “stunning” in the New York Times and “brilliant” in the LA Times. She has taught at St. Mary’s, UC Berkeley, and UC Davis, among others. She grew up and lives in El Cerrito, California.

Books by Tess Taylor:
  • Last West (Museum of Modern Art, 2020)
  • Rift Zone (Red Hen Press, 2020)
  • Work & Days (Red Hen Press, 2016)
  • The Forage House (Red Hen Press, 2013)
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Vanessa Angélica Villarreal is the author of Beast Meridian (Noemi Press, 2017), a recipient of a 2019 Whiting Award, a 2018 Texas Institute of Letters Poetry Prize, and a 2019 Kate Tufts Discovery Award finalist. Her work appears or is forthcoming in The New York Times, Poetry Magazine, BuzzFeed, The Boston Review, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She is pursuing her PhD in English Literature and Creative writing at the University of Southern California.

Books by Vanessa Angélica Villarreal:
  • Beast Meridian (Noemi Press, 2017)

Aria Aber was raised in Germany. Her debut book Hard Damage (University of Nebraska Press, 2019) won the 2018 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. Her poems are forthcoming or have appeared in The New Yorker, Kenyon Review, The Yale Review, The New Republic, and elsewhere. She was the 2018-2019 Ron Wallace Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Books by Aria Aber:
  • Hard Damage (University of Nebraska Press, 2019).

Faculty Updates!

We have a great team of faculty in our program. They work hard in and out of the classroom. Here are some recent accomplishments from our faculty. Please click on the links to view their work!

Nayomi Munaweera has an article featured in Time Magazine titled "During the Pandemic, I've Been Reaching Out to People From My past. Here's What I've Learned." She says she loved Time Magazine growing up and that it was a dream getting to write for them. 

Dexter Booth was featured on Whit Missildine's podcast, This Is Actually Happening in an episode titled "What if you entered The Void?" The podcast was ranked #3 on Apple Podcasts, beating The New York Times Daily.

The Today Show recommended reading Children of the Land by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo as part of National Hispanic Heritage Month. The article highlights some of the most popular books that were released this year by Latinx authors.

Kate Gale was featured in The Baltimore Review for her poem "Darkness thrown Down Like a Blanket."

Chris Feliciano Arnold was featured in The New York Times for his work and research regarding the Amazon. The article, "The Amazon has Seen Our Future," was a 14-page, ad-free section in the Sunday paper. It featured multiple voices, photos, poetry, and art of the rainforest, and a map that showcases the areas under threat. Arnold's piece is titled "Captain Chain Saw's Delusion."

Katherine Standefer is hosting a virtual event for her book release. Log on with your coffee, favorite sparkling water, or breakfast beer to lift a glass to Kati as her first book baby makes its way into the world. She’ll give a short reading, offer any exciting updates about the book and upcoming events, and take a question or two if people have them. But the most important part is just to bask together in this release, after eight years of work and a wild, wild journey. Click here to RSVP via Facebook

Kelly Sundberg was featured in the Black Fork Review for a piece called "On Blue: An Induction." She writes that the piece a version of a speech that she gave in her first year as a tenure-track faculty member here at Ashland University. 
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