University of Pittsburgh



Aside from our digital presence, our faculty, students, and alumni are highly active in the literary community. Senior Lecturer Geeta Kothari is the nonfiction editor of The Kenyon Review and teaches in their summer workshops. Assistant Professor Irina Reyn worked for years in the publishing industry and has reviewed books for the Los Angeles Times, Denver Post, and Publishers Weekly. Lecturer Ellen Smith is an editor at Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics, and Visiting Lecturer Anjali Sachdeva is the Director of Online Education at Creative Nonfiction and is an editor at the innovative journal Unstuck.

We're proud of our SpeakEasy MFA Reading Series and we also host the Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series, which recently brought Ada Limon, Amy Bloom, Maggie Nelson, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Edwidge Danticat to campus. In addition, Pittsburgh is home to weekly literary events featuring award-winning authors, editors, and agents.

Pitt MFAs have the opportunity to work for Hot Metal Bridge, our literary journal. Former Editor-in-Chief Carolyn Kellogg served as a judge for the Story Prize and is the lead blogger for the Los Angeles Times’ Jacket Copy. Former Editor-in-Chief Robyn Jodlowski works for Creative Nonfiction magazine and Former Editor-in-Chief Turi Fesler worked as a copywriter and PR Manager at Modcloth and founded their literary journal. Former reader Robert Yune served as fiction editor of The Fourth River from 2009–2013.

In addition to publishing books and winning awards, our alumni have founded artists’ residencies

Our MFAs enjoy three years of professional opportunities. Recently, Salvatore Pane (Fiction, 2010) and CM Burroughs (Poetry, 2007) were awarded assistant professorships at the University of Indianapolis and Columbia College Chicago, respectively. Because of our faculty and the advantages that arise from three years of serious study, an MFA degree from Pitt has added flexibility. Many of our other former students work in publishing, academia, marketing, and other fields.

Revised 09/21/2022
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