Lis Hamilton is one of 17 July MFA graduates [Lauren Balmer photo]
The distinct emphasis of Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers is on quality as opposed to quantity. Thus, a graduating class of 17 – as was the case at the July 2013 Graduation Ceremony – is not at all undersized for a program that has intentionally remained small despite the large number of applications for admission each year. You can read the Graduation Address by longtime faculty member Charles Baxter by going to the July 23 entry of the Friends of Writers blog.
The latest accomplished MFA class made it through the rigors of a demanding program that requires, in part, successful completion of four semester projects and a thesis manuscript of poetry or fiction of high quality. They departed having earned a degree with the guidance of an exceptionally able and dedicated faculty, in a program that publications such as The Atlantic have ranked among the best anywhere. And upon graduation, MFA alumni have published several hundred books over the years, perhaps as good a testament as any to the strength of the program.
As usual, each degree candidate gave a public reading on campus in the days –- and even minutes, in some cases –- leading up to the graduation ceremony. Here’s the list of the latest small but outstanding contingent of MFA graduates:
Sean Patrick Hill
Patricia Grace King
Adrienne G. Perry
Graduates Victor Valcik (l) and Nathan McClain [Avra Elliott photo]