Ashland University MFA Program Hosts Open House and Reading by Mark Irwin

10/20/10 ASHLAND, OH -- The Ashland University Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Program will host an open house Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 5:30 p.m. in the Myers Convocation Center. The open house will feature a brief presentation about the MFA program, a question-and-answer session, and a complementary dinner. Anyone interested in pursuing a degree in creative writing is welcome to attend. Please RSVP to Sarah Wells,<>, by Thursday, Oct. 28, if you are interested in attending.

A reading by Ashland University MFA faculty member Mark Irwin will follow the open house at 7 p.m. in the Schar College of Education Ronk Lecture Hall. The reading is free and open to the public. The author of six collections of poetry, including The Halo of Desire (1987), Against the Meanwhile (Wesleyan University Press, 1989), Quick, Now, Always (BOA , 1996), White City (BOA, 2000), Bright Hunger (BOA, 2004), and Tall If (New Issues, 2008), Irwin has also translated two volumes of poetry, one from the French and one from the Romanian. Recognition for his work includes The Nation/Discovery Award, four Pushcart Prizes, National Endowment for the Arts, Colorado and Ohio Art Council Fellowships, two Colorado Book Awards, the James Wright Poetry Award, and fellowships from the Fulbright, Lilly, and Wurlitzer Foundations.

The MFA Program at Ashland University is a two-year, low-residency program specializing in poetry and/or creative nonfiction. Students attend an annual 14-day summer residency at the launch of the program. They participate daily in morning workshops, afternoon craft seminars, and evening readings by the program's esteemed visiting faculty and visiting writers. The 2011 summer residency will feature Kathleen Norris, David Wojahn, Thomas French, Rhina Espaillat, Thomas Larson and Todd Boss as visiting writers. Course work in the fall and spring semesters is completed online with a faculty mentor and a section of no more than five students.

For more information about the MFA program, please visit the website at or contact the Administrative Director, Sarah Wells, at (419)289-5957, or<>.

Ashland University (<>) is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.