As one of the longest-running creative writing MFA programs in the country, our Writing, Literature and Publishing Department has attracted an industry-active faculty that offers a diverse range of perspectives and expertise.

Our creative writing faculty are all actively writing and publishing in their respective genres. Recent faculty accolades include:

  • Pulitzer Prize in Biography and Memoir
  • Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts
  • Guggenheim Fellowship in Creative Arts
  • Fiction Honors from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association
  • Massachusetts Book Award in Nonfiction

Meet Your Program Director

Your Graduate Program Director, Jabari Asim, will serve as your primary faculty advisor, guiding you on course selection to ensure that you will achieve your learning objectives and satisfy the program requirements. You will also receive program and department news from your program director along with any on- and off-campus opportunities that might be of interest to you.

  • Jabari Asim

    Jabari Asim is a writer and multidisciplinary artist. His poetry, drama, and prose have been widely published in various periodicals and anthologies. He was an editor for eleven years at the Washington Post, where he also wrote a syndicated column on politics, popular culture, and social issues. For ten years, he was the editor-in-chief of The Crisis, the NAACP's flagship journal of politics, culture, and ideas. In 2009, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Creative Arts.

    Asim's nonfiction books include The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn't, and Why; What Obama Means: ...For Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Future; and Not Guilty: Twelve Black Men Speak Out on Law, Justice, and Life. His books for children include Whose Toes Are Those? and Fifty Cents and a Dream. His works of fiction include A Taste of Honey and Only The Strong, a novel.

Current Graduate Faculty List