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Since 1998, our students have been accepted into 25 of the 94 MFA Creative Writing programs ranked by the U.S. News and World Report (there are about 300 accredited MFA programs in the US), including 7 of the top 10. Other schools accepting our students include: Boston University (#10); Emerson College, Sarah Lawrence College, the University of Florida, the University of Pittsburgh (tied for #20); the University of Southern California (#33); San Francisco State University (#46); American University, St. Mary’s College of California, Wichita State University (#50); Brooklyn College, the University of Minnesota (tied for #62); Goddard College, the University of Notre Dame, the University of San Francisco (tied for #83); and the New School for Social Research, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Rutgers University, and the Naropa Institute (unranked).
Some students pursuing and or recently granted MFA degrees are listed below, along with students accepted into, currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from PhD English programs; students who have recently published their writing; and QC grads currently teaching at the college level:
JOHN CARILLO, MA ’99, enrolled in the MFA/Fiction Creative Writing program at Johns Hopkins University.
YEUN CHO, BA Fall ’05, enrolled in the MFA/Fiction Creative Writing program at NYU.
ESTHER LIN, BA Fall ’05, enrolled in the MFA/Poetry Creative Writing program at Columbia University.
RANDY ROMANO, BA ’05, enrolled in the MFA/Fiction Creative Writing program at the University of Florida. He also published a short story in Fresh Men 2: New Voices in Gay Fiction (Carroll and Graf, 2005).
MAGDA BOGACKA, BA ’05, enrolled in the CUNY Graduate Center’s PhD English program.
IAN SPIEGELMAN, BA ’98, published his second novel, Welcome to Yesterday, (Miramax Books, 2006). His first novel was Everyone’s Burning (Villard Books, 2003).
TIMOTHY CHAPMAN, BA ’05, enrolled in the MFA/Non-Fiction program at The New School for Social Research, where he won the 2005/2006 Vera List University Art Collection Writing Award: Second Prize in the “Critical Response” category for his essay, “On Cy Twombly’s Untitled (From: On the Bowery Portfolio) (1971).”
JENNIFER ERIKSEN, MA ’99, received her MFA in Fiction from Goddard College; her Thesis was a draft of her novel, Cemeteryland. She has recently been a member of the Adjunct Faculty in the Queens College English Department.
GIUSEPPE TAURINO, MA matriculated ’02, received his MFA in Fiction from the University of Houston in 2006. His thesis was a draft of his novel, L’America sta’ ca. He has been Fiction Editor for the University of Houston’s nationally known literary journal, Gulf Coast.
CHRISTOPHER MUNDE, BA ’04, enrolled in the MFA/Poetry Creative Writing program at the University of Houston.
OLGA FELICIANO, BA ’03, enrolled in the MFA/Fiction Creative Writing program at the University of Houston.
FRANK D’AMATO, BA ’05, graduated from the MFA/Fiction program at the University of California at Irvine in 2007.
SARAH MECHLOVITZ, BA ’04, was admitted in spring 2004 to the CUNY Grad Center’s PhD English program.
NATALI GRGAS, BA ’02, received an MFA/Poetry degree from the New School for Social Research.
CHARLES MCPHERSON, MA’01, received an MFA/Fiction degree from the New School for Social Research.
BAZ DREISINGER, BA ‘98, regularly writes book reviews and feature pieces for such publications as The New York Observer and The New York Times. She is currently an Assistant Professor of English at John Jay College/CUNY.
DAWN AN, BA ’02, enrolled in the PhD English program at the CUNY Graduate Center.
SEAN FORBES, BA ’03, a former Mellon Fellow, enrolled in the PhD English program at the University of Connecticut in Storrs.
SHMUEL ROSS, BA ’01, received his MFA in the Creative Writing program at Emerson College.
MARLENE WHITE, BA ’02, received an MFA in Fiction at NYU.
RYAN BLACK, BA ’00, is currently a Lecturer in the Queens College English Department. In 2004, he received his MFA in Poetry from NYU, where he was awarded a Departmental Fellowship; he also attended the MFA Poetry program at the University of Minnesota.
MARCO NAVARRO, BA ’00, received his MFA in Fiction Writing at NYU in 2005. At NYU, he was one of two incoming students – one in Fiction, one in Poetry – to receive the New York Times Fellowship, which covers full tuition.
TOM COOKE, BA ’99, received an MFA in Fiction at Sarah Lawrence College.
ALEXANDRA CVEJIC, BA ’01, is on the Adjunct Faculty at the Queens College English Department. She received an English MA from Leeds University in England in 2003.
NOEL SIKORSKI, BA ’99, received her MFA in Poetry from NYU in 2001. Her poems appeared in the Winter 2000-2001 issue of American Poet: The Journal of the Academy of American Poets.
JESSICA ANDERSON, BA ’99, received her MFA in Fiction from Columbia University in 2003. She has taught as an Adjunct Faculty member at the Queens College Department of English.
DAVID KOTELES, BA ’01, received his MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University in 2003.
STUART ROSS, BA ’01, received his MFA in Fiction from the University of Notre Dame in 2003.
KIMBERLY BROWN, BA ’01, a former Mellon Fellow, is pursuing a PhD in African-American Studies at Yale University.
SANDRA DUVIVIER, BA ’00, received her PhD in African-American Studies from University of Massachusetts/Amherst.
SUSAN PILEWSKI, BA ’96, received an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College in 1999.
JENNIFER LARSEN, BA ’99, received an MFA in Fiction at the University of San Francisco.
KENNETH SCHWARTZ, BA matriculated ’98, attended Boston University’s MA Playwriting program, where he was given a full tuition scholarship. In February 2001, he had a one-act play that reached the semi-finals in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.
DUNCAN FAHERTY, BA ’94, a PhD in English from the CUNY Graduate Center, is currently an Associate Professor of English and Co-Editor of the academic journal Studies in American Fiction. He is the author of Remodeling the Nation: The Architecture of American Identity 1776-1858, published by the University Press of New England.
JAMIE SKYE BIANCO, MA, ’00, is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. Her PhD is from the CUNY Graduate Center.
AVA CHIN, BA ’93, is Assistant Professor of English, specializing in Creative Non-Fiction, at the College of Staten Island/CUNY. Her Creative Writing PhD is from the University of Southern California. She also has an MFA/Fiction degree from Johns Hopkins University, and has held editorial positions at Spin and Vibe magazines.