Brooklyn College's Creative Writing MFA - The Ploughshares Blog

It was standing room only at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center as students and faculty from CUNY's four MFA creative writing programs mingled and read their fiction, nonfiction, poetry and plays. The event, one in a series of Turnstyle Readings organized by the University's MFA in creative writing Affiliation Group, was not merely a platform for writers who study and teach writing at Brooklyn, City, Hunter and Queens colleges. It had symbolic implications as well. For while the publishing industry is in turmoil with deep cutbacks, MFA writing programs in the United States are thriving and increasing in number.

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The Brooklyn College Creative Writing M.F.A., which was started in 1974 by Jonathan Bambach, Peter Spielberg, and Mark Strand, is a two-year program that offers degrees in fiction, poetry, and playwriting. Esteemed faculty have included Poetry Program Coordinator Julie Agoos, Louis Asekoff, National Book Award winners John Ashbery and Allen Ginsberg, Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham, Susan Fromberg-Schaeffer, Amy Hempel, Lisa Jarnot, Joan Larkin, Rick Pearse, Sapphire, Marjorie Welish, and Obie Award winner Mac Wellman. Distinguished graduates of the program have been featured in such well-known publications as The Best New Young Poets, Best American Short Stories, O. Henry and Pushcart.

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Marie-Helene Bertino '08 M.F.A. says the Brooklyn College Creative Writing Program gave her the tools and encouragement she needed to "strengthen the idiosyncratic voice" she was born with.

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Read by Jai Chakrabarti, a student at Brooklyn College. Annie Baker, who graduated from the Brooklyn College M.F.A. playwriting program in 2009, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her play "The Flick." This award comes on the heels of the Guggenheim fellowship she received just last week.

"This is great news for Annie. She was a brilliant student in all respects, and a wonderful theater maker," said Distinguished CUNY Professor Mac Wellman, director of the playwriting M.F.A. program at Brooklyn College and a mentor to Baker. "No one is more deserving of this award. We all salute Annie."

"The Flick," which draws from the disorientation Baker experienced from watching a digital projection of an Ingmar Bergman movie, also garnered the Susan Smith Blackburn Award and an Obie for Excellence in Playwriting. It also received Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel nominations for Best Play.

Currently an adjunct dramatic writing professor at New York University, Baker has earned several accolades, including an Obie for her 2009 play "Circle Mirror Transformation," and her adaptation of Anton Chekov’s "Uncle Vanya" for the Soho Rep company, for which she received a Drama Desk nomination for best revival.

"This is just one more proof of our students' accomplishments," says Wellman, an award-winning playwright himself.

The M.F.A. playwriting program at Brooklyn College, which is part of the English Department, was started more than 30 years ago by Jack Gelber, one of America's most important experimental writers. It has produced several playwrights who have earned numerous distinctions. In 2009, Poets & Writers, the journal for creative writing, ranked Brooklyn College's Creative Writing M.F.A. program among the top 15 in the nation, topping several Ivy League institutions.

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“It is my pleasure to host a showing of for the Brooklyn College community," said President Christoph M. Kimmich. “We are thrilled to have Michael Cunningham on our faculty, giving new direction to our MFA program in Creative Writing, and I very much appreciate his taking the time to speak with us about his work.”

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Carey notes that Hunter is competing for the best students with the best writing schools in the country, including the Iowa Writers' Workshop, The University of Texas at Austin, the University of California, Irvine and the University of Michigan At Queens College, which is in what may be the most culturally diverse county in the country, the translation program is under way. Among the faculty is poet and translator Roger Sedarat, author of the collection, Dear Regime: Letters to the Islamic Republic. Before there was a Queens MFA program, Sedarat received a MA in English/creative writing from the college and then earned a doctorate in English from Tufts University. His presence seems to be in keeping with the school's diverse population. Diversity is a topic often mentioned at Brooklyn and City as well, a natural discussion that speaks to the character of the neighborhoods in which the colleges are located.

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Julie Agoos is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Echo System (The Sheep Meadow Press, 2015). (1987), selected by James Merrill as winner of the Yale Younger Poets Prize, also received the Towson State University Prize for Literature. was published by the Sheep Meadow Press in 1996, and for which she received the Brooklyn College/CUNY Creative Achivement Award in 2006, was published by Ausable Press in 2008. Agoos has been a resident Fellow of The Frost Place and was a member of the creative writing faculty at Princeton University for eight years. She came to Brooklyn College in 1994 and teaches courses in creative writing/poetry in both the undergraduate English Department and the M.F.A. Poetry Program. She also teaches courses in Victorian poetry, modern British and Irish poetry, and special topics tutorials in reading and writing, such as poetry and the source and the poetics of hell.