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Mills College

Master of Fine Arts: Creative Writing, Book Art and Creative Writing
Master of Arts: English and American Literature

Contact Information:

5000 MacArthur Blvd.

Oakland, CA 94613


Phone: (510) 430-2240


Program Information:

Degrees offered: MFA (Creative Writing, Book Art and Creative Writing);
MA (English and American Literature)

Genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction

Type of program: residency

Length of program: MFA in Creative Writing/MA in Literature: 2-3 year programs

MFA in Book Art and Creative Writing: 2.5 years

Enrollment: 100 graduate students in all programs combined.

Total credits required: 11 (MA, MFA in Poetry/Prose) or 12.5 (MFA in Book Arts and Creative Writing)

Application deadlines: December 15

Scholarships available: yes (see website)

Core faculty: Elmaz Abinader, Diane Cady, Julie Chen, Ajuan Mance, Cornelia Nixon, Sarah Pollock, Patricia Powell, Stephen Ratcliffe, Kathryn Reiss, Kirsten Saxton, Ruth Saxton, Cynthia Scheinberg, Juliana Spahr, Thomas Strychacz, Kathleen Walkup

Visiting faculty: Kate Brubeck, David Buuck, Tarah Demant, Rebekah Edwards, Kiala Givehand, Marisa Handler, Laleh Khadivi, Bula Maddison, Kim Magowan, Micheline Aharonian Marcom, Achy Obejas, Erin Peterson, Barbara Jane Reyes, Truong Tran, Kara Wittman, Stephanie Young

Assistantships: yes (see website)

Publishing/editing courses: yes (see website)

Literary magazine: 580 Split

Reading series: Contemporary Writers Series

Recent visiting writers: Ann Carson, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Eileen Myles, Joyce Carol Oates, M. NourbeSe Philip, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

Program description: At Mills, our graduate English programs place you at the cutting edge of literary and artistic work in new media, critical theory, and diverse cultural traditions. Our location in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area provides students with access to a vital artistic and literary community. Our English programs tap into the Bay Area’s energy and are distinguished by their long-established reputations; innovation; outstanding faculty; intimate community of writers, scholars, and alumni; and commitment to a vision of the literary arts as socially transformative.

We offer a wide range of professional development opportunities in and out of the classroom, enabling our students to learn more about teaching and publishing. Mills graduates regularly publish their work in magazines and journals, present at nationally recognized conferences, perform at local and national venues, and are themselves successful publishers and editors.

The MFA in Creative Writing Program, with genre emphasis in poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction is designed to develop your growth as a writer and reader, enhance your awareness of the contemporary literary field, and highlight opportunities in publishing, teaching, and community work.

The MFA in Book Art and Creative Writing Program, the first such program in the country, is designed to allow you to develop as both a writer and a visual artist, to enhance your understanding of contemporary writing and its visual forms, and to encourage a deep exploration of the book form in both content and materiality.

The MA in English and American Literature Program is designed to help you develop your critical writing and scholarly research skills essential to a variety of professional paths.

For detailed program information and to learn more about Mills College, visit or contact us at 510.430.2240.


last updated 09/09/2014