The University of Arkansas Program in Creative Writing and Translation:

  • Consistently listed in the top forty MFA programs by Poets & Writers with particularly high rankings in post-graduate fellowships and job placement
  • One of the "Top Five Most Innovative Creative Writing Programs" in the nation - The Atlantic Monthly, 2007

Recent students have won:

Stories and poems by our graduates regularly appear in:

  • Best American Stories
  • Best American Poetry
  • Best American Essays
  • Prize Stories: The O’Henry Award
  • The Pushcart Prize anthology
  • Best New American Writing
  • plus virtually every major literary journal and magazine, including The New Yorker, Harper’s, Poetry, Esquire, and The Atlantic Monthly 

Recent graduates have secured publishing contracts from some of the most prestigious presses in the country, including FSG, Norton, and William Morrow, sometimes while still in the program.

Four program graduates have been named Poet Laureate of their respective states (Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi).

Over the past five decades, our graduates have published an estimated 400 books and won:

  • the National Book Award for fiction
  • Guggenheim Fellowships
  • the MacArthur Fellowship
  • the William Faulkner Award for fiction
  • the Philip Roth Fellowship in fiction
  • the Walt Whitman Award in poetry