F200. “Times They Are A-Changin”: Reinventing the MFA

Room 209ABC, Washington Convention Center, Level Two
Friday, February 10, 2017
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


How are MFA programs re-envisioning themselves for the 21st century? Responding to changing student needs, many programs have revised the curriculum to include more professional development tracks like translation, literary editing, and digital publishing. And more teaching and internship opportunities. This panel of seasoned MFA administrators from across the nation will discuss best practices that programs are following to keep the MFA viable for an increasingly diverse cohort of students.


Alan Soldofsky, the author of a recent collection of poems, In the Buddha Factory, has published three previous chapbooks of poetry: Holding Adam, Staying Home, and Kenora Station. He is a professor of English and director of the creative writing program at San Jose State University.

Fred D’Aguiar's most recent novel is Children of Paradise and most recent poetry collection is The Rose of Toulouse. He teaches in the Department of English at UCLA where he directs the creative writing program and he is an associate editor of Callaloo.

Kathleen Graber is the author of two collections of poetry, The Eternal City and Correspondence. She is the director of the creative wwriting MFA program at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Daniel Tobin is the author of seven books of poems, Where the World Is Made, Double Life, The Narrows, Second Things, Belated Heavens (winner of the Massachusetts Book Award in Poetry, 2011), The Net, and From Nothing. His awards include fellowships from the NEA and Guggenheim Foundation.

David Keplinger is the author of five books, most recently The Most Natural Thing. He's the recipient of an NEA fellowship, the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Colorado Book Award, and the Cavafy Prize. He has appeared PoetryAmerican Poetry ReviewPloughsharesThe Paris Review, and elsewhere.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside