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Top 10 Reasons Our Students Choose UB:

Justin Sanders

"I recommend UB's program, not for any brochure reason or anything. I think UB's M.F.A. program really understands the future of publishing."

-Justin Sanders, M.F.A. '14

1. "Real-world advice about publishing."

2.  "The faculty and students are amazing."

3. "Recommended by  Poets & Writers magazine."

4. "The flexible course schedule works great for me."

 "Impressive alumni." 

 "I love the great variety of courses." 

 "Ideal city for artists and writers: affordable and vibrant." 

8. "Super cool Reading Series." 

 "I love the diverse community of students and its commitment to social justice."

 "You'll walk away with your own published book!"

From Our Graduates...

  • Erin Drew
    Erin drew

    This Is How I Thought Things Were Done

    "I chose the M.F.A. program at UB because it's one of a kind. The program doesn't just focus on the writing, it focuses on the writer. It increased my confidence exponentially. I can't recommend this program enough!"

  • Justin book cover

    For All the Other Ghosts

    More than anything else, UB's program allowed me to work with amazing writers and editors. It's really the friends and colleagues I made there who pushed my own work to a better place.

  • Abby Shaffer

    Xantan County

    "I chose UB because it really felt like a family and fostered an environment that gave me the opportunity to express myself and expand my horizons as a writer and a person."

Annual M.F.A. Graduate Book Festival and Reading

At the end of each academic year, the graduates of the M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts program host a book festival and reading where they present their final thesis projects—books that they wrote, designed and produced themselves. The graduates also perform selections from their books and offer them for sale during the event.

2017 graduates

2017 MFA graduates


2016 graduates

2016 MFA graduates

 (photo credit: Jennifer Marin Jericho)

2017 Plork Award Winner Egypt Kosloski

Egypt Kosloski, M.F.A. '17, was the recipient of the 2017 Plork Award for her book, Introduction to Emptiness, which she wrote and produced for her final graduate seminar project. The Plork Award honors a graduate student whose work best exemplifies the spirit of the M.F.A. program, exhibiting extraordinary creativity, originality and imagination in the integration of creative writing and book design. The award carries with it a $500 prize granted by the Carol Peirce Fund.


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