Life After the MFA: What’s It All Worth?


The Harriet Blog (which is affiliated with the Poetry Foundation) posted an article today called “After the MFA: Some Questions for Jeremy Hoevenaar” where 2 poets discuss the value (in its many forms) of an MFA program. 

Jeremy Hoevenaar gives generous answers about his experience within an MFA curriculum, community, and mind-frame. He also talks about the program in hindsight, its lasting effect on his writing process, and what the hell he’s doing now with the degree.

Though the interview focuses on poetry, potential fiction and non-fiction candidates (or anyone considering creative writing studies) should find Jeremy’s thoughts useful in some way. Check out the interview HERE.

Are you currently enrolled in an MFA program? Have you graduated from one? What was it like? Was it “worth it?” How did it change you? And what doors did it open? Let us know in the comments section below.

Chris Robley is an award-winning poet, songwriter, performer, and music producer who now lives in Portland, Maine after more than a decade in Portland, Oregon. His music has been praised by NPR, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, and others. Skyscraper Magazine said he is “one of the best short-story musicians to come along in quite some time.” Robley’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Magma Poetry, and more. He is the 2013 winner of Boulevard's Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers and the 2014 recipient of a Maine Literary Award in the category of "Short Works Poetry."



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