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Creative writing program earns top ranking

The Best Value Schools website ranked Boise State’s MFA in Creative Writing program one of the top five programs in the country for 2021 along with Stony Brook University, University of Wisconsin, and the University of Minnesota.

“It’s wonderful to see this new ranking, especially on the heels of three recent MFA graduates landing book deals: Mary Lowry (Simon & Schuster), Ariel Dixon (Random House), and Jackie Polzin (Doubleday),” wrote Mitch Wieland, professor of creative writing and editor of The Idaho Review. “Our fantastic students are what makes the creative writing program thrive and excel.”

Graduates in fiction have won an NEA fellowship, a Whiting Award, and a National Magazine Award. Meghan Kenny’s novel, “The Driest Season,” was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Two of the program’s graduates, Christian Winn and Malia Collins, were Idaho Writers-in-Residence.