Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing


Stonecoast Alumna Jennifer Clement Makes National Book Award Longlist

Jennifer Clement (Fiction, Summer '13) has been longlisted for the National Book Award for her novel Gun Love.
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Acclaimed poets reading July 12 to benefit scholarship in USM’s Stonecoast MFA program

Martín Espada, the recent winner of the $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, will join fellow poet Lauren Marie Schmidt for a public reading to benefit the Writing for Social Justice Scholarship in the University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast MFA program.
Martín Espada

USM faculty member wins $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize

Martín Espada, a faculty member in the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing, has won one of nation’s most prestigious and financially rewarding literary prizes.
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Stonecoast alumna publishes debut novel and signs Hollywood deal

Scarlett Johansson is reportedly set to star in a film version of the just-published novel “Tangerine” by Christine Mangan '06, an alumna of USM’s Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing.
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USM alumna Patricia Smith wins $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award

Patricia Smith, an alumna and former faculty member in the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing, has won one of poetry’s most prestigious and financially rewarding prizes. The honor is the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award at Claremont Graduate University. It’s accompanied by a $100,000 prize.

Literature of Transgression, Cara Hoffman in Conversation With T Clutch Fleischmann

Please join Stonecoast faculty members Cara Hoffman, author of RUNNING, and T Clutch Fleischmann, author of SYZGY, BEAUTY at the Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center for a celebration of all things transgressive, including the paperback release of RUNNING.
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Upcoming events celebrate legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

The University of Southern Maine will host a public dialogue on the essence of liberty and race in America, featuring four renowned writers and instructors with the Stonecoast MFA program.
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Prestigious graduate program nurtures writers from across the globe

In 15 years, Stonecoast MFA has built a growing reputation as one of the finest programs of its kind in the country. It's a low-residency program, meaning that students spend most of the year at their homes and workplaces, interacting one-on-one with faculty and other students by e-mail, phone and Skype. And then, every January and July, they get together in Southern Maine for intensive 10-day-long residencies.

The Power to Tell A Story

Stonecoast MFA Joins Local Authors to Commemorate World Refugee Day “The Power to Tell a Story” is a free public event being held at East End Community School in Portland, Maine on June 16, 2015 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Local authors and poets include Mikhu Paul Anderson, Jaed Coffin, Terry Farish, Reza Jalali, Maria Testa, and local rapper OD Bonny. Authors will read a short section of their writing and will also participate in a community discussion.

Guest Faculty Tom Coash Wins M. Elizabeth Osborn Award

The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) presented the M. Elizbeth Osborn Award to Guest Faculty member Tom Coash for his play "Veils."