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Creative Writing Program

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-6453

Fax: 307-766-3189

Email: cw@uwyo.edu

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MFA Minority Support

Creative Writing Program

Who we seek: Talented, inquisitive, adventuresome minority applicants.  Diversity in all of its meanings matters deeply to us: age, ancestry, creed, race, religion, color, disability, educational background, gender identity, life experience, national origin, political belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, and veteran status.  We’d like you to consider becoming a part of our writing community.

What we know: Only 5% of the reviewers and the authors reviewed in The New York Times Book Review are writers of color.  Less than 1% of 1% of novels published each year are written by Asian Americans (most publishers informally restrict publishing no more than one or two writers of color a year).  We know that the Wyoming, Laramie and UW are 90-93% white which can be difficult for students of color.  And we know that Matthew Shepard was the victim of a homophobic murder in Laramie.  But we also know that Losing Matt Shepard was written by one of our faculty (Beth Loffreda) and that others on the creative writing program have been community leaders in confronting bigotry and intolerance.  While our program leads the campus with regard to recruiting and retaining minority graduate students, insularity can’t address all of the challenges facing students of color and LGBT students.

Who we are: The faculty are devoted to our writing and our students—and to cultivating a genuine sense of respect in our community of writers through small workshops, social interactions, and open doors.  We recognize that our MFA faculty is two-thirds male and 90% white.  We understand that we will make mistakes and we hope that writers of color and LGBT writers will check us.  Since 2013 our writer-in-residence program has included: Sherman Alexie, Sherwin Bitsui, Bhanu Kapil, Rattawut Lapcharoensap, Nam Le, Dinaw Mengestu, Claudia Rankine, and John Edgar Wideman.

What we offer: We offer a commitment to art and to the development of community through art.  We seek to provide an environment that is free of (micro)aggressions so that it sustains collaboration, listening, generosity, and rigor.  And when we can’t provide what you need within our program, we can put you into contact with faculty in African American & Diaspora Studies, American Indian Studies, Latino/a Studies and Gender & Women’s Studies—programs with which we’ve cultivated ongoing dialogues.  We can assist in your efforts to secure grant funding from the Social Justice Research Center, where many of our students have obtained support.  And we can facilitate your communication with the staff of Multicultural Affairs and Rainbow Resource Center, as well as Non-Traditional, Veteran Services, and Gender Programs.

What we can do for you: We understand that the myth of self-reliance does not sustain the well-being of minority students.  And we are here to provide, or to help you find, the resources you need to flourish.  As a program, we’re working on ourselves, knowing that we can and must do better.  We actively seek links with campus and regional programs to find ways to support our minority students.  And we want to know what you need so that we can facilitate your accessing the resources that can make your work and life at UW fruitful and fulfilling.

The University of Wyoming offers Graduate Assistantships that are intended to increase access and opportunities to graduate education for U.S. students from under-represented / under-served populations and to increase student diversity in our graduate degree programs on a competitive basis. The University of Wyoming is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, or political belief in any aspect of employment or services. For more information see: www.uwyo.edu/diversity/fairness.

 


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Creative Writing Program

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-6453

Fax: 307-766-3189

Email: cw@uwyo.edu

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