BY CRAIG MORGAN TEICHER
Noah Eli Gordon, a poet and author, most recently of The
Year of the Rooster (Ahsata, 2013), is on the faculty of the
University of Colorado Boulder creative writing program.
He talks with PW about what makes his program special.
What makes the M.F.A. at University of Colorado Boulder’s different
from other programs?
As a three-year program, one where students have the opportunity to teach creative writing
courses without the burden of first having to slog through time-consuming rhet./comp.
classes, we’re something of an anomaly: folks here dive—or are lovingly pushed—right in,
yet they’re also supported with enough time to learn to stay afloat. Our program is small
and focused, driven by the energy of our active and accomplished faculty and the camaraderie among our students and the burgeoning local literary scene, a loose conglomeration
of innovatively bent writers working across genres and in different communities here in
There is just so much abuzz at CU-Boulder, especially in the field of small press
publishing. I teach an annual publishing workshop course in which our M.F.A. students
run Subito Press, learning the ins and outs of how a press works. At the same time, as
a kind of career seminar, we meet with various folks who’ve landed jobs in the literary
arts just outside of academia: a letter-press printer, an agent, a book designer, a publicist.
As editors and publishers, our faculty is closely tied to numerous important international presses, including FC2, Counterpath Press, Subtio Press, Letter Machine Editions,
Western offers a 25-month low-residency MFA and 13-month low-residency MA with July intensives
in the heart of the Rocky Mountains,
including annual attendance at our
conference, Writing the Rockies.
Concentrations include Genre
Fiction, Screenwriting, and Poetry
with an Emphasis on Versecraft. We
also offer a Certificate in Publishing.
We are the new home of THINK,
a national journal of poetry and
criticism. All programs focus on
craft and include both manuscript
review and rigorous study of genre.
Fiction Faculty: Russell Davis,
Michaela Roessner, Diana Pharaoh
Francis, Candace Nadon, Stacia
Recent Visitors: John Helfers,
Robert McBrearty, Diana Tixier
Screenwriting Faculty: JS
Mayank, Bob Shayne.
Recent Visitors: Sam Robards,
Poetry Faculty: David J. Rothman, David Yezzi, Ernest Hilbert.
Recent Visitors: Kim Bridgford,
Dana Gioia, Simon Jarvis, Dave
Mason, Marilyn Taylor, Fred
800-876-5309, Ext. 7
David J. Rothman, Director