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ODU's M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing Named Among Nation's Top Underrated Programs

Old Dominion University's Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing has been recognized as one of the top 25 underrated programs in the country, according to an Oct. 8 article in The Huffington Post. The article's author, Seth Abramson, cited the ODU program as one of the nation's M.F.A. programs in creative writing that receives less attention than it deserves.

"When U.S. News & World Report last surveyed programs in 1996, Old Dominion was just graduating its first class. Now it's a three-year program that fully funds more than 75% of incoming students. And not for nothing, it's located right on Chesapeake Bay in Norfolk," the article says.

Luisa A. Igloria, professor of English and creative writing and director of the ODU program, was elated to hear that the word is out. "We have known this for some time now - we have stellar, award-winning faculty and some really amazing students and writers who are already beginning to make their mark in publishing and other related venues," she said.

The program offers creative writing concentrations in fiction, poetry and nonfiction and is home to the new literary journal Barely South Review, which publishes nonfiction, poetry and short fiction three times a year. Igloria noted that the department has a great deal to offer, including the weeklong annual Literary Festival, which has been going strong for the last 33 years, a thriving, student-led Writers in Community program and, in recent years, a Darden endowed professorship in creative writing.

"With the addition of our new online literary journal, Barely South Review, to the roster of student experiences in the M.F.A. program, we've come a long way in an amazingly short time, and I am very excited about continuing this trend," Igloria said.

This article was posted on: October 12, 2010

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