Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing


Author-Activists to Explore The Task Before Us: Writing Truth to Power

Join author-activists Martín Espada and Cheryl Clarke and the Stonecoast community at the historic Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, Maine, as we imagine future directions for the politics and aesthetics of transformation.

Faculty Spotlight: Q&A with Susan Conley

Stonecoast MFA faculty member Susan Conley discussses writing, teaching, and her latest novel, Elsey Come Home (Knopf, Janaury 2019).

Stonecoast Joins MECA to Host The Stories We Carry, an Exploration of Migration & Meaning

In cooperation with Maine College of Art, Stonecoast MFA will host The Stories We Carry, an interactive community consideration of human migration, Thursday, October 18, 5:30-7:00 p.m., USM Glickman Library, Special Events Room, 7th Floor, on the Portland Campus.

A Promise Kept: Friends Host Events to Honor Stonecoast Alum's Novel

Elisabeth Wilkins Lombardo’s friends will celebrate the publication of The Afterlife of Kenzaburo Tsuruda by She Writes Press at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2 at Print: A Bookstore, 273 Congress St., Portland, and at 9 p.m. on November 5 at LFK, 188 St., Portland. Both events are open to the public.

Stonecoast Review Release Party

Boston’s Stone Soup Poetry and The University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Review present the Stonecoast Review #9 Release Party, October 27, 7:00-9:30 p.m., at the Dudley Café, 45 Warren Street, Roxbury, Massachusetts.

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.
Martín Espada portrait

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.
photo by WWD

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.
Patricia Smith

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.