University of Southern Mississippi

Mississippi, United States

Residential program

At the undergraduate level, the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi offers an emphasis in creative writing within the regular English major. The graduate program allows students to combine writing and academic studies leading to two degrees: the MA, a one or two-year program with a creative thesis, and the PhD, a three-year program with a creative dissertation and comprehensive exams. The thesis or dissertation may be poetry or fiction, with a critical introduction, and must be book-length and of publishable quality. A number of teaching assistantships are available on a competitive basis with stipends of $12,000 and full tuition waivers. Four supplementary annual awards of $750 or more are available to graduate students from the Joan Johnson Foundation, the Garth Avant Memorial Foundation, and the Ben Mounger Rawls Award. TAs may teach freshman composition, World Literature, or other courses, tutor in the writing lab, assist professors, or work on one of the department's publications, which include Mississippi Review, an award-winning journal of fiction and poetry, and Product, a publication of student literary work. Students from the Center have published widely in Poetry, Chicago Review, Ninth Letter, Post Road, Intro, Grand Street, Poet & Critic, the New Yorker and many other magazines. Historically, graduate students have come from all over the country, after studying at Tulane, UC Berkeley, Johns Hopkins, St. Johns, the University of Texas, Vassar, Harvard and many other schools both in the region and outside it.

Contact Information

118 College Dr.
Box 5037
Hattiesburg
Mississippi, United States
39406
Phone: (601) 266-4983
Email: angela.ball@usm.edu
http://usm.edu/english/center-writers



DEGREE PROGRAMS

Undergraduate Program Director

Angela Ball
Director

Email: angela.ball@usm.edu

At the undergraduate level, the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi offers an emphasis in creative writing within the regular English major. Sequences of three workshops--introductory, intermediate, and advanced--are offered in fiction writing and in poetry. The advanced workshops may be taken up to three times each for credit.

Largest Class Size: 22
Smallest Class Size: 10
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction

Undergraduate Program Director

Angela Ball
Director

Email: angela.ball@usm.edu

Graduate Program Director

Angela Ball
Director

Email: angela.ball@usm.edu

The graduate program allows students to combine writing and academic studies leading to two degrees: the MA, a one or two-year program with a creative thesis, and the PhD, a three-year program with a creative dissertation and comprehensive exams. The thesis or dissertation may be poetry or fiction, with a critical introduction, and must be book-length and of publishable quality. A number of teaching assistantships are available on a competitive basis with stipends of $10,000 and full tuition waivers. Four supplementary annual awards of $750 or more are available to graduate students from the Joan Johnson Foundation, the Garth Avant Memorial Foundation, and the Ben Mounger Rawls Award. TAs may teach freshman composition, World Literature, or other courses, tutor in the writing lab, assist professors, or work on one of the department's publications, which include Mississippi Review, an award-winning journal of fiction and poetry, and Product, a publication of student literary work. Students from the Center have published widely in Poetry, Chicago Review, Ninth Letter, Post Road, Intro, Grand Street, Poet & Critic, the New Yorker and many other magazines. Historically, graduate students have come from all over the country, after studying at Tulane, UC Berkeley, Johns Hopkins, St. Johns, the University of Texas, Vassar, Harvard and many other schools both in the region and outside it.

Type of Program: Studio/Research
Largest Class Size: 12
Smallest Class Size: 9
Genres: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
In State Tuition 6000
Out of State Tuition 8000
Unit of Measure: Hours
Criticism and Theory: 9
Workshop: 6
Literature: 9
Thesis: 6
Total Units for Degree: 30
Other Requirements: Foreign language proficiency; oral defense of thesis.
Application Requirements: Transcripts, Writing Sample, Application Form, Letters of Recommendation, GRE, Other

Graduate Program Director

Angela Ball
Director

Email: angela.ball@usm.edu

At the undergraduate level, the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi offers an emphasis in creative writing within the regular English major. The graduate program allows students to combine writing and academic studies leading to two degrees: the MA, a one or two-year program with a creative thesis, and the PhD, a three-year program with a creative dissertation and comprehensive exams. The thesis or dissertation may be poetry or fiction, with a critical introduction, and must be book-length and of publishable quality. A number of teaching assistantships are available on a competitive basis with stipends of $10,000 and full tuition waivers. Four supplementary annual awards of $750 or more are available to graduate students from the Joan Johnson Foundation, the Garth Avant Memorial Foundation, and the Ben Mounger Rawls Award. TAs may teach freshman composition, World Literature, or other courses, tutor in the writing lab, assist professors, or work on one of the department's publications, which include Mississippi Review, an award-winning journal of fiction and poetry, and Product, a publication of student literary work. Students from the Center have published widely in Poetry, Chicago Review, Ninth Letter, Post Road, Intro, Grand Street, Poet & Critic, the New Yorker and many other magazines. Historically, graduate students have come from all over the country, after studying at Tulane, UC Berkeley, Johns Hopkins, St. Johns, the University of Texas, Vassar, Harvard and many other schools both in the region and outside it.

Type of Program: Studio/Research
Largest Class Size: 9
Smallest Class Size: 12
Genres: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
In State Tuition 6000
Out of State Tuition 8000
Duration of Study: 3 years
Unit of Measure: Hours
Criticism and Theory: 6
Workshop: 12-15
Literature: 18
Other: 6 - Creative Writing Electives
Thesis: 9-12
Total Units for Degree: 54
Other Requirements: Foreign languages proficiency; comprehensive exams; oral defense of thesis.
Application Requirements: Transcripts, Writing Sample, Application Form, Letters of Recommendation, GRE




FACULTY

Angela Ball

Angela Ball’s prize winning and frequently anthologized poems and translations have appeared in journals including The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Field, Partisan Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, and The Southern Review. Her books of poetry include Kneeling Between Parked Cars (Owl Creek Press, 1990);Possession (Red Hen, 1995); Quartet (Carnegie Mellon, 1995); and The Museum of the Revolution (Carnegie Mellon, 1999). Her 2007 collection, Night Clerk At the Hotel of Both Worlds (University of Pittsburgh Press), received both the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award in Poetry and the Donald Hall Prize from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. The recipient of an Individual Writer’s Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Ball has represented the U.S. at the Poetry International Festival in Rotterdam, and has been a writer in residence at the University of Richmond and at Chateau Lavigny near Lausanne, Switzerland.

https://www.usm.edu/english/faculty/angela-ball


J.A. Bernstein

J. A. Bernstein is the author of a forthcoming novel, Rachel's Tomb (New Issues, 2019, AWP Award Series), a forthcoming story collection, Stick-Light (Eyewear, 2019), and a forthcoming chapbook, Desert Castles (Southern Indiana Review, 2019, Wilhelmus Award). His work has appeared in Shenandoah, Kenyon Review Online, Tampa Review, Tin House (web), Boston Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, and other journals, and won the Gunyon Prize at Crab Orchard Review. He has also published academic essays in The Conradian, Conrad and Nature, and Western American Literature. A Chicago-native, he taught previously as an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth and is the fiction editor of Tikkun.

https://www.usm.edu/english/faculty/joshua-bernstein


Olivia Clare

Olivia Clare is the author of a short story collection, Disasters in the First World (Black Cat/Grove Atlantic, 2017). Her novel is forthcoming from Grove Atlantic. She is also the author of a book of poems, The 26-Hour Day (New Issues, 2015). Her stories have appeared in Granta, The American Scholar, Southern Review, n+1, Boston Review, Ecotone, ZYZZYVA, and elsewhere. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Southern Review, London Magazine, FIELD, and elsewhere. In 2014, she won an O. Henry Prize for her first published story, “Pétur.” Her awards include a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, the Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship from Colgate University, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and fellowships from the Tin House Writers' Workshop, Vermont Studio Center, and the MacDowell Colony.

https://www.usm.edu/english/faculty/olivia-clare


Adam Clay

Adam Clay is the author of Stranger (Milkweed Editions, 2016), A Hotel Lobby at the Edge of the World (Milkweed Editions, 2012), and The Wash (Parlor Press, 2006). A fourth book, To Make Room for the Sea, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Bennington Review, Denver Quarterly, Black Warrior Review, Gulf Coast, Georgia Review, Boston Review, Tin House, Iowa Review, jubilat, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of a Literary Artist Fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission. He edits Mississippi Review, co-edits Typo Magazine, and edits book reviews for Kenyon Review.

https://www.usm.edu/english/faculty/adam-clay


Monika Gehlawat

Monika Gehlawat received her Ph.D from UC Berkeley where she specialized in 20th century literature and visual art. Her current book manuscript Defending Dialogue: Literary Voice in Postwar New York studies the writing of James Baldwin, Frank O'Hara, Grace Paley and Andy Warhol, alongside the Habermasian theory. Gehlawat’s published work reflect her longstanding interest to work in the interdisciplinary mode, as do the courses she teaches in modern and contemporary literature, critical theory and visual art. She is the 2013 recipient of USM's Junior Faculty Teaching Award, the Series Editor for Literary Conversations (University of Mississippi Press) and literary critic for The Center for Writers.

https://www.usm.edu/english/faculty/monika-gehlawat





COMMUNITY

2018-2018

Hanif Abdurraqib

Eduardo C. Corra

Ada Limónl

2017 - 2018

Elizabeth Poliner

Natalie Shapero

Natasha Trethewey

Nick White

2016-2017

Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Ben Lerner

2014-2015

Caki Wilkinson

Mary Miller

L. Lamar Wilson

Lauren Groff

Catherine Pierce

2013-2014

Kevin Young

Michael Farris Smith

Justin Torres

Adam Vines

Alex Lemon

2012-2013:

Allan Peterson

Don Bogen

Peter Orner

Skip Horack

Farrah Field