ust fourteen years old, the University of Mississippi’s M.F.A. Program has been listed as one of The Atlantic Monthly’s “Top Five Up and Coming Programs” and is ranked 14th out of the top 50 M.F.A. programs by
Poets & Writers Magazine. The Poets & Writers M.F.A. rankings are based on an evaluation of program features including funding, cost of living, selectivity, teaching load, curricular structure and placement of graduates. In each of these areas, we excell. We offer full funding for all and we don’t charge an initial application fee. Further strengthening our program, we are extremely pleased to announce that award-winning poet Dave Smith has joined our faculty for three years. In addition, noted novelist Mary Miller will be the 2014–2015 John and Renée Grisham Visiting Writer in Residence. Smith and Miller bring added vitality to an already accomplished faculty. Our student to faculty ratio is 3:1, a ratio which fosters close relationships and allows faculty to mentor with insight and attention. Our program is small and supportive: Eight students are accepted with full funding each year. Students benefit from our well-endowed readings series. (In 2013-2014, our visiting writers included Denis Johnson, Patricia Smith, Tobias Wolff, Larraine Newman, and others.) They also reap benefits from interactions with fresh talent, as the John and Renée Grisham Writer in Residence is a yearly appointment for an emerging Southern writer. Our students can take advantage of other opportunities such as participating in our student-run readings series and our literary magazine, The Yalobusha Review. We are located 70 miles from Memphis in Oxford, Miss., home of Faulkner’s Rowan Oak, literary conferences, the best bookstore in the South, an active music scene and great restaurants. Oxford is consistently listed as one of the “best small towns in America.” USA Today names Oxford as one of the “Top Six College Towns in the Nation.” Come see why.