LSU moves up in Writing Masters ranking

LSU moves up in Writing Masters ranking

POSTED: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 12:30pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 12:47pm

LSU’s Creative Writing Master of Fine Arts, or MFA, program is ranked 21 overall in the new issue of Poets & Writers Magazine. LSU is tied at 21 with Arizona State University in the 2012 MFA Rankings. Last year, LSU was ranked 27 overall and was 42 overall in 2010.

“Our stellar creative writing faculty continues to attract top students from all over the country to our MFA program,” said James Wilcox, director of creative writing at LSU. “Students from prestigious universities apply in the hopes of working with award-winning poets Laura Mullen and Lara Glenum; with screenwriters Rick Blackwood and Mari Kornhauser, who has been writing for the award-winning HBO series 'Treme;' with Brenda Marie Osbey, who has been invited to teach at Brown University this semester, a real honor; with acclaimed playwright Femi Euba, as well as with Jim Bennett, whose fiction students have such a stellar record of publication. Our MFA poetry alums have been especially successful in their publications, as well, thanks to Laura Mullen and Lara Glenum. We are pleased that our program will get an added boost this year as we start a search for a new hire in fiction.”

According to Poets & Writers, the MFA rankings include “a combination of hard data from programs that release funding and admissions figures to the public and a vital survey of what the individuals comprising the next generation of U.S. poets and writers have to say about their own priorities in choosing a postgraduate program.”

“Program Director Jim Wilcox and all our very talented Creative Writing Program faculty have done a terrific job year after year finding ways to improve our program and our students’ success,” said Rick Moreland, chair of the LSU Department of English. “We’re pleased that the program is getting this kind of attention.”

Individual programs were ranked based on their votes in the online poll, and the votes were broken down by genre, resulting in genre specific rankings. LSU received 83 votes overall, placing it as the 21st most popular program.

Other rankings for LSU include 22 for poetry, 18 for fiction, four in total funding, 24 in selectivity, 39 in fellowship placement and nine in student-faculty ratio.

For more information on the LSU MFA program you can visit LSU's website here. For more information on the rankings in the Sept./Oct. 2011 issue of Poets and Writers you can visit their website here.

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