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MFA Writers

The podcast where Jared McCormack talks to creative writing MFA students about their program, their process, and a piece they're working on.

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Season 3 Episodes

Jonathan Escoffery — If I Survive You

Special Episode! Jonathan Escoffery | Debut Author of If I Survive You

Nikki Lyssy — University of South Florida

Episode 63: Nikki Lyssy | University of South Florida

Lindsay Bernal — University of Maryland

Special Episode! Lindsay Bernal | MFA Applications: Admissions Coordinator Edition

Sean Dolan — Western Washington University

Episode 60: Sean Dolan | Western Washington University

Emily St. Martin — UC Riverside Palm Desert

Episode 59: Emily St. Martin | UC Riverside, Palm Desert Low-Residency

Rachelle Toarmino — UMass Amherst

Episode 58: Rachelle Toarmino | University of Massachusetts Amherst

Steven Duong -- Iowa Writers' Workshop

Episode 57: Steven Duong | Iowa Writers' Workshop

Season 2 Episodes

Taylor Byas — University of Cincinnati

Episode 54: Taylor Byas | University of Cincinnati

Luna Adler — Brooklyn College

Episode 53: Luna Adler | Brooklyn College

Taylor Sklenar — Iowa State University

Episode 52: Taylor Sklenar | Iowa State University

James Craig Hartz Jr. — Oregon State University

Episode 51: James Craig Hartz Jr. | Oregon State University

Siloh Radovsky | UC San Diego

Episode 50: Siloh Radovsky | UC San Diego

Gauri Awasthi | McNeese State University

Episode 49: Gauri Awasthi | McNeese State University

Erin Slaughter — Florida State University

Episode 47: Erin Slaughter | Florida State University

Chibuihe Obi Achimba -- Brown University

Episode 46: Chibuihe Obi Achimba | Brown University

Katie M. Zeigler — St. Mary's College of California

Episode 45: Katie M. Zeigler | St. Mary's College of California

Gabrielle Grace Hogan — The New Writers Project

Episode 44: Gabrielle Grace Hogan | The New Writers Project, University of Texas at Austin

George Saunders — Story Club

Special Episode! George Saunders | Story Club

Jason Rodriguez — School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Episode 42: Jason Rodriguez | School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Cordis Paldano — Minnesota State University, Mankato

Episode 40: Cordis Paldano | Minnesota State University, Mankato

Luke Larkin — University of Montana

Episode 39: Luke Larkin | University of Montana

Keely O'Connell — University of Alaska, Fairbanks

Episode 38: Keely O'Connell | University of Alaska Fairbanks

Gregory Spatz — MFA Applications — Eastern Washington University

Special Episode! Gregory Spatz | MFA Applications: Faculty Edition

Adachioma Ezeano — University of Kentucky

Episode 35: Adachioma Ezeano | University of Kentucky

Natalie Warther — Bennington College

Episode 34: Natalie Warther | Bennington College

Ashley Sojin Kim — University of FLorida

Episode 33: Ashley Sojin Kim | University of Florida

Katie Schorr — Hunter College

Episode 32: Katie Schorr | Hunter College

Shreya Fadia — Indiana University

Episode 31: Shreya Fadia | Indiana University Bloomington

Season 1 Episodes

Tarik Dobbs — University of Minnesota

Episode 29: Tarik Dobbs | University of Minnesota

Aggie Stewart of the Newport MFA, Salve Regina

Episode 28: Aggie Stewart | Newport MFA, Salve Regina University

Keith Enterante of San Diego State University

Episode 27: Keith Enterante | San Diego State University

Evan Fleischer of Emerson College

Episode 26: Evan Fleischer | Emerson College

Ellie Black of the University of Mississippi

Episode 25: Ellie Black | University of Mississippi

Antonio Villaseñor-Baca of the University of Texas at El Paso

Episode 24: Antonio Villaseñor-Baca | University of Texas El Paso

Felicia Rose Chavez of the Anti-Racist Writing Workshop

Special Episode! Felicia Rose Chavez | Author, The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop

Alejandro Puyana of the Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin

Episode 22: Alejandro Puyana | Michener Center for Writers, University of Texas at Austin

Jemimah Wei of Columbia University

Episode 21: Jemimah Wei | Columbia University

Episode 20: Jeremiah Barker of the Litowitz Graduate Program MFA+MA at Northwestern University

Episode 20: Jeremiah Barker | Litowitz Graduate Program MFA+MA at Northwestern University

Episode 19: Koyé Oyedeji of Warren Wilson College

Episode 19: Koyé Oyedeji | Warren Wilson College

Episode 18: Danielle P. Williams of George Mason University

Episode 18: Danielle P. Williams | George Mason University

Episode 17: Sarah Ruth Bates of the University of Arizona

Episode 17: Sarah Ruth Bates | University of Arizona

Episode 16: Bryan Byrdlong of the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan

Episode 16: Bryan Byrdlong | Helen Zell Writers' Program at the University of Michigan

Episode 15: Emily Holland of American University

Episode 15: Emily Holland | American University

Episode 14: Kaj Tanaka of the University of Houston

Episode 14: Kaj Tanaka | University of Houston

Michal "MJ" Jones -- Mills College

Episode 13: Michal "MJ" Jones | Mills College

Episode 12: Cady Vishniac of The Workshop on MFA Applications

Special Episode! Cady Vishniac | MFA Applications

Episode 11: Dana Liebelson of the University of Wyoming

Episode 11: Dana Liebelson | University of Wyoming

Episode 10: Marcus Jamison of the University of South Carolina

Episode 10: Marcus Jamison | University of South Carolina

Episode 9: Vanessa Chan of The New School

Episode 9: Vanessa Chan | The New School

Episode 8: Hannah Cajandig-Taylor of Northern Michigan University

Episode 8: Hannah Cajandig-Taylor | Northern Michigan University

Episode 7: Matthew Dougherty of West Virginia University

Episode 7: Matthew Dougherty | West Virginia University

Episode 6: Marcos Damián León of the University of California, Riverside

Episode 6: Marcos Damián León | University of California, Riverside

Episode 5: Clancy Tripp of The Ohio State University

Episode 5: Clancy Tripp | The Ohio State University

Episode 4: Ali Geren of the University of Arkansas

Episode 4: Ali Geren | University of Arkansas

Episode 3: Preety Sidhu of Louisiana State University

Episode 3: Preety Sidhu | Louisiana State University

Episode 2: Sasha Debevec-McKenney of New York University

Episode 2: Sasha Debevec-McKenney | New York University

Mary Henn — University of Missouri-Kansas City

Episode 1: Mary Henn | University of Missouri-Kansas City

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