Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing


Faculty Member Alexs Pate Implements the Innocent Classroom in Partnership with the Minnesota Humanities Center

After a year of implementation in Omaha, NE, and in partnership with the Minnesota Humanities Center, the Innocent classroom is seeing early success.

Community News & Updates June 2013

News and updates for Stonecoast community alumni, students, and faculty. Click on the link to read full details.

Barbara J Kelly of USM Bookstore Wins Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance 2013 Maine Literary Award for Distinguished Achievement

The Stonecoast MFA program would like to congratulate our friend and colleague, Barbara J Kelly on winning the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance - 2013 Maine Literary Award for Distinguished Achievement, "For exceptional and steadfast contributions to Maine's Literary community."

Stonecoast Alum Marcia F. Brown Nominated as Portland's 4th Poet Laureate

The Portland Poet Laureate Nominating Committee has forwarded its recommendation to the Portland City Council to name Marcia F. Brown of Cape Elizabeth as Portland’s fourth poet laureate. The Portland City Council intends to recognize the recommendation at its Council meeting on June 17th, 2013, open to the public.

Faculty member Aaron Hamburger talks about fiction and food writing for Poets & Writer's Magazine

Join fiction writer, dessert blogger, and baker Aaron Hamburger at Whole Foods Market in New York City as he prepares his delicious limoncello cupcakes and talks about what the art of food writing has taught him about fiction writing. Read the article in the May/June 2013 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Stonecoast Student Sheila Boneham to read at bi-annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment

Stonecoast student Sheila Boneham (CNF S '13) will be reading "Chasm Familiaris" at the bi-annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Literature & Environment in Lawrence, KS, May 28-June 1.

“Seven Drownings” by Michael Kimball, This Week on the Stonecoast Faculty Blog

Faculty member Michael Kimball gives us insight into what he calls a "water-as-death motif” in his work, this week on the Stonecoast Faculty Blog.

Apply to Stonecoast Ireland - Deadline is May 22, 2013

Applications are being accepted until 22 May 2013 for the 16th Stonecoast in Ireland residency which will be held in Howth, County Dublin, from 16 to 23 January 2014. Any current student or alumni who is interested should contact Ted Deppe at

Photos from Newtonville Reading-Celebrating Ten Years of Stonecoast

Enjoy this photo gallery of last night's Reading Event at Newtonville Books. Photos courtesy of Stonecoast student Enza Vescera.

Tonight: Stonecoast MFA Reading in Newton, MA

Monday, May 13th - Stonecoast MFA Reading: Celebrating Ten Years Join the staff at Newtonville Books for an evening of readings by alumni of University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA Writing Program, now in its tenth year, including: Eugenio Volpe (author of the forthcoming novella KING JAMES), Cal Armistead (author of the new YA novel BEING HENRY DAVID), Richard Cambridge (Curator of Poet’s Theater and author of PULSA) and Mihku Paul (author of the new poetry collection, 20th CENTURY POWWOW PLAYGROUND).