About The Program

The University of Colorado Creative Writing Program was started in 1975 by Peter Michelson, Marilyn Krysl, Reg Saner, and Sidney Goldfarb as its first director. They were joined by the cutting-edge Ronald Sukenick, Ed Dorn, Steve Katz, and Clarence Major. With these core writers, the Program soon began to distinguish itself, and by 1980 it had already emerged as a center for experimental writing. Other writers followed, including Padma Perera, Robert Steiner, Joy Harjo, Linda Hogan, Lorna Dee Cervantes, and Lucia Berlin. As Goldfarb puts it, the Creative Writing Program in the Rockies was β€œan exploding and important part of the world literary scene.”

Over the years, the program has been affiliated with various publication ventures. In the ’80s and ’90s, it served as the headquarters for The Fiction Collective and the Nilon Fiction Prize as well as The American Book Review and Black Ice. Other publications have included the cultural and literary journal Rolling Stock, as well as a series of student-edited journals such as Eat it Alive, Sniper Logic, and Square One. Since 2007, the program has been home to Subito Press, publishing innovative and experimental poetry and fiction.

Our accomplished faculty now comprises Julie Carr, Jeffrey Deshell, Marcia Douglas, Noah Eli Gordon, Stephen Graham Jones, Ruth Ellen Kocher and Elisabeth Sheffield. The program has grown and evolved over more than three decades, transitioning for example, from a two-year MA to a three-year MFA. Throughout these changes, we remain writers committed to our craft and our teaching. Characterized by our tradition for experiment, we honor our distinguished past as we usher new writers into the future.