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The Pratt M.F.A. in Writing is a two-year program that offers contemporary writers the tools and the support they need to build a practice that is responsive to our rapidly evolving environmental and political times.
Our approach to the M.F.A. curriculum favors collective critique sessions similar to the art-school studio model (where core faculty, guest artists, and peers working in multiple genres, all engage in weekly discussions and presentations of student work). Additionally, students take part in one-on-one guided mentorships, develop fieldwork projects that seek to open their writing practices to the world, and participate in seminars that offer numerous fields of intellectual and creative inquiry: Literature, Media Studies, Performance, Experimental Practices, Activism, and Critical Theory, to name a few.
In this program, students work in a variety of mediums, lineages and forms, including fiction and poetry, performance, non-fiction, translation, cultural criticism, investigative journalism, documentary, digital media, image/text and visual practices. We encourage collaboration and the exploration of hybrid approaches to writing as a set of interactive processes that can potentially generate new and transformative social spaces.
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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Writing +
In most writing programs, students must complete two years of liberal arts requirements before they are allowed to begin writing. At Pratt, writing majors start writing on the first day of freshman year and continue for the next four years, completing a book-length work of poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction as a senior thesis. In other words, they learn by doing and by having their efforts rigorously responded to in critiques by hard-working peers and inspired, accomplished instructors.
Along the way, writing majors read widely and deeply in contemporary and classical literatures; they study literary and media theory, science and math, grammar and logic. But the primary focus is on writing, and the curriculum flows outward from and is fueled by writing as the chief activity. Beyond the writing studios that form the core of the curriculum are more specialized, tutorial-sized courses such as The Book as Compositional Form, How to Break into Journalism, Screenplay Writing, Blogging, The Graphic Novel, Crime Writing, Bending Genre, and Experimental Fiction.
The writing program also takes full advantage of the fact that it is located in New York City, arguably the publishing capital of the world, and in Brooklyn, the borough now most densely populated with writers and artists. New York City provides brilliant faculty, an endless stream of famous writers who come to campus to read from their work or serve as Writers-in-Residence, and a host of internship opportunities at institutions ranging from St. Mark’s Poetry Project to Saturday Night Live.
Minor / Concentration in Creative Writing +
The Creative Writing Minor is designed for Pratt students who seek to deepen their commitment to the composition of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. The core of the minor consists of admission into Writing Studios (of which a student must take at least two),Special Topics classes, and Writers’ Forum. The minimum number of credits required for the minor is 15.
Students entering the Minor in Creative Writing will begin the studio sequence according to their individual skill levels, which will be assessed via their submitted portfolios.
Master of Fine Arts in Writing +
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The Graduate Program in Writing M.F.A. consists of several core classes and seminars taken over four semesters (two years), with the goal of producing a final manuscript, performance, or collaborative event.
Notable features of the Pratt M.F.A. in Writing include:
A weekly collective interdisciplinary critique forum
One-on-one guided Mentorships.
Guided Fieldwork Residencies in a wide array of occupational domains, local communities, and institutions that focus on social and environmental justice, media interventions, education, science, health and human services, institutional or vernacular archives, animal rights, and local and global activism.
Special Topics Seminars in Literature, Media Studies, Performance, and Experimental, Collaborative, and Engaged Writing traditions.
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Aracelis Girmay is the author of three books of poems: the black maria (BOA, 2016); Teeth (Curbstone Press, 2007), winner of a GLCA New Writers Award; and Kingdom Animalia (BOA, 2011), the winner of the Isabella Gardner Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. She is also the author/illustrator of the collage-based picture book changing, changing. For her work, Girmay was nominated for a Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 2018. For the last several years, Girmay was on the faculty of Hampshire College’s School for Interdisciplinary Arts and before that taught community writing workshops with young people in New York and California. She has received grants, training, and fellowships in support of her work from the NEA, the Whiting Foundation, Civitella Ranieri, the Cave Canem Foundation, and the Community~Word Project, among other programs. She is the editor of How to Carry Water: Selected Poems of Lucille Clifton and is on the editorial board of the African Poetry Book Fund.
Laura Elrick is the author of What This Breathing (The Elephants 2020). Previous books include Propagation (Kenning Editions 2012), Fantasies in Permeable Structures (Factory School 2005), and Skincerity (Krupskaya 2003). Her transmedia performances Stalk (2008) and Blocks Away (2010) explore the psychogeographical terrain of post-9/11 New York and have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work has appeared in Bomb, Mandorla, The Brooklyn Rail, XCP: Cross-Cultural Poetics, LINE, and Aufgabe , among other journals, and in the anthologies Viz. Interarts: Interventions, and The Eco Language Reader . She lives in Brooklyn..
James Hannaham is a writer and visual artist. His novel Delicious Foods (Little, Brown 2015) won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and was a New York Times Notable Book of 2015. His criticism, essays, and profiles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Spin, Out, Buzzfeed, 4Columns, and Travel+Leisure . He received a 2015 Pushcart Prize for a piece that appeared in Gigantic . He co-founded the performance group Elevator Repair Service and worked with them from 1992–2002. He has exhibited text-based visual art at Open Source Gallery, 490 Atlantic, Kimberley-Klark, and The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, and won Best in Show at Main Street Arts’ Biblio Spectaculum . Pilot Impostor , a multigenre book inspired by the work of Fernando Pessoa, will be released in 2021, followed by Re-Entry, or What Happened to Carlotta , a novel, in 2022. Still curious?
Christian Hawkey has written two full-length poetry collections: The Book of Funnels , which won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and Citizen Of , both from Wave Books. He’s published several chapbooks, as well as the widely reviewed cross-genre book Ventrakl (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010). A collaborative bi-lingual erasure made with the German poet Uljana Wolf, Sonne from Ort , appeared in 2013 (kookbooks verlag, Berlin). A selection of Ilse Aichinger’s short prose, Bad Words , also translated with Uljana Wolf, appeared in 2019 (Seagull Books). He’s received the Creative Capital Innovative Literature Award, a NEA grant, and a DAAD Artist-in-Berlin Fellowship, and his own work has been translated into over a dozen languages. A member of the WeTransist translation collective ( www.wetransist.org ), he is currently co-translating a selection of essays by the Moroccan philosopher Abdessalam Benabdelali, and his newest book of poems is forthcoming from Action Books in 2021. More info here .
Samantha Hunt is the author of The Dark Dark: Stories, and three novels. Mr. Splitfoot is a ghost story. The Invention of Everything Else is about the life of inventor Nikola Tesla. The Seas, Hunt’s first novel, was republished by Tin House Books in 2018. Hunt is the recipient of a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship, the Bard Fiction Prize, the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Prize, the St. Francis College Literary Prize and she was a finalist for the Orange Prize and the PEN/Faulkner. Hunt writes for the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times, the Guardian and a number of other fine publications. A book of Hunt’s non-fiction will be published in January 2022.
Rachel Levitsky is the author of the book length serial poems Under the Sun (Futurepoem 2003) and NEIGHBOR (UDP 2009), as well as five poetry chapbooks. Her prose publications include Renoemos (Delete Press 2010), and a novel, The Story of My Accident is Ours (Futurepoem 2011); she is co-curator of Belladonna Series. Four mini-essays on The Poetics of Confinement can be found online at the Poetry Project Blog.
Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts is the author of Harlem Is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America. The first volume of a planned trilogy on African-Americans and utopia (Harlem, Haiti, and the Black Belt of the American south), it was a New York Times Notable Book of 2011, a National Book Critics Circle Finalist, and cited by BOOKFORUM as the “Best New York Book” written in the twenty years since the magazine’s founding. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, Chimurenga, Bidoun, A Public Space, Creative Time Reports, Harper’s, Essence, and Vogue, among many others. She has received grants and awards from Creative Capital, the Whiting Foundation, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, and the Lannan Foundation. Her 2015 book for young readers Jake Makes a World: Jacob Lawrence a Young Artist in Harlem (commissioned by MoMA and illustrated by Christopher Myers) was named by Booklist among the year’s top books about art for children. Rhodes-Pitts organizes projects through The Freedwomen’s Bureau, gathering collaborators across the fields of visual art, music, theater, film, and education to produce events at venues like Harlem Stage, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The New Museum, PS 1 / MoMA, and public spaces in Harlem. Photograph by Marcus Werner.
Ellery Washington holds a DEA in Comparative Literature from the Sorbonne University, in Paris, France. He is the author of Buffalo , a novel forthcoming with Creston Books, a recipient of a PEN Center West Rosenthal Award, and Fellowship and an IBWA Prize for short fiction.
Laura Henriksen’s first book, Laura’s Desires, is forthcoming from Nightboat Books, and an excerpt is available now as a chaplet from Belladonna*. Her writing can be found in LitHub, The Brooklyn Rail, Newest York, and other places. Along with teaching at Pratt, she also works as the Program Director at The Poetry Project.
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Christopher Rey Pérez is a poet from the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. His book, gauguin’s notebook, received the 2015 Madeleine P. Plonsker Prize from Lake Forest College. His most recent publications include Compendio palestino-puertorriqueño en proceso, while in residence as a 2017-18 La Práctica fellow with Beta-Local; Aliens Beyond Paradise/ Alienígenas más allá del paraíso, a book on the alien as foreigner and extraterrestrial that was jointly published by Wendy’s Subway & Queens Museum; and Todo el amor del mundo con todas sus sangres y todos sus virus, an online essay in response to the coronavirus pandemic. His writings have appeared in Mexico, Brazil, Cyprus, Lebanon, Canada, the U.S., and China, and he has led poetry workshops with Ashkal Alwan’s Home Workspace Program, The Garden Library for Refugees & Migrant Workers in South Tel Aviv, Beta-Local’s La Iván Illich, Queens Museum, Wendy’s Subway, & Loudreaders Trade School. Since 2012, he has edited a nomadic publication in, of, and around Latin America, called Dolce Stil Criollo.
MacGregor Card is a poet, translator and bibliographer living in Jackson Heights, NYC. His first collection, Duties of an English Foreign Secretary , is just out from Fence (December 2009). A new chapbook, The Archers , is forthcoming from Song Cave. With Andrew Maxwell he was co-editor of The Germ: A Journal of Poetic Research , from 1997-2005. He is an associate editor of the MLA International Bibliography.
Peter Catalanotto has published forty-nine books for children, eighteen of which he has written, including Ivan the Terrier, Matthew A.B.C., Question Boy Meets Little Miss Know-it-All, Monkey & Robot, and Emily’s Art . His book, The Painter , was featured on PBS’s Storytime. In 2008, First Lady Laura Bush commissioned him to illustrate the White House holiday brochure. Peter was recognized by Drexel University for his outstanding contribution to children’s literature and he currently teaches Columbia University’s first children’s book writing course. Peter is currently working on the fourth book in his Monkey & Robot series.
Gabriel Cohen’s debut novel Red Hook was nominated for the Edgar award for Best First Novel, and he is also the author of the novels The Ninth Step , The Graving Dock , Boombox , and Neptune Avenue , and the nonfiction book Storms Can’t Hurt the Sky . He has written journalism and essays for The New York Times , Poets & Writers , Time Out New York , Gourmet.com , Shambhala Sun , and other publications.
Claire Donato is a writer and multidisciplinary artist. She is the author of two books: Burial (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2013), a novella, and The Second Body (Poor Claudia, 2016), a collection of poems. She also wrote the introduction to The One on Earth: Selected Works of Mark Baumer (Fence Books, 2021). Recent writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Chicago Review , Forever , GoldFlakePaint , The Brooklyn Rail , DIAGRAM , The Believer , BOMB , and Harp & Altar . Beyond the page, her art practice includes illustration, 35mm photography, and songwriting . She teaches psychoanalytically-inflected courses and advises theses in the MFA/BFA Writing Program at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where she received the 2020 Distinguished Teacher Award.
David Gordon was born in New York City. He attended Sarah Lawrence College, holds an MA in English and Comparative Literature and an MFA in Writing, both from Columbia University, and has worked in film, fashion, and publishing. His first novel, The Serialist , was published by Simon & Schuster in 2010 and was named a finalist for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America.
Max Ludington’s novel Tiger in a Trance was a New York Times Notable Book, and his fiction has appeared in Tin House , Meridian , HOW Journal , Nerve , and others. He received an MFA from Columbia University.
Poupeh Missaghi is a writer, a translator both into and out of Persian, an editor, and an educator. She holds a PhD in English and creative writing from the University of Denver, an MA in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University, and an MA in translation studies. Her debut novel trans(re)lating house one was published by Coffee House Press in February 2020. Her nonfiction, fiction, and translations have appeared in numerous journals, and she has several books of translation published in Iran. I’ll Be Strong for You , her translation of Iranian author Nasim Marashi’s novel is forthcoming in spring 2021. As an editor, she worked for many years with Asymptote and is co-editor of Matters of Feminist Practice from Belladonna* Collaborative. She is currently a visiting assistant professor at the Department of Writing at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, at the BFA and MFA levels, as well as a writing consultant at Baruch College, CUNY, NY.
Eric Rosenblum’s fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Guernica Magazine , the Chicago Tribune , the Chicago Reader , Playboy.com , and Dossier Journal . Eric holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from Syracuse University and a BA in English from Ohio University.
Adrian Shirk is the author of And Your Daughters Shall Prophesy (Counterpoint) a hybrid-memoir exploring the lives of American women prophets and mystics, as well as the forthcoming Heaven is a Place on Earth (Counterpoint, 2021). She works in a wide variety of creative nonfiction forms. Her essays appear frequently in Catapult, and have otherwise been published in The Atlantic, among others. She splits her time between the Catskills and an adjunct flophouse in Brooklyn.
Sofi Thanhauser is the author of Threads: A People’s History of Clothing (Pantheon: January 2022). She has received fellowships and residencies at MacDowell, Ucross Foundation, and the Millay Colony for the Arts, and has contributed writing to The Establishment, Essay Daily, Wag’s Revue, The Spectator, whitehot magazine of contemporary art, The Conversant, Entropy, Dilettante Army, and Edible Vineyard, among other publications. She received her MFA in Nonfiction Writing and Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming, and her B.A. in American History from Columbia University.
Gina Zucker grew up in Vermont, went to college in St. Louis, and has her MFA from The New School. Her fiction, journalism and essays have appeared in anthologies, journals and magazines such as Fantastic Women, Tin House, Tin House Online, Salt Hill, Elle, Self, and many other publications. She loves working with students, collaborating on cross-disciplinary projects, and is writing a novel.
Fulla Abdul-Jabbar is a writer, artist, and editor. She is Managing Editor at The Green Lantern Press, a nonprofit publisher specializing in art and poetry to produce exhibitions and experimental publications. Her work has been supported by the Vermont Studio Center and Zaratan Arte Contemporânea. She has performed or exhibited at SPACES, Defibrillator, Woman Made Gallery, ACRE, BBQLA, St. John University in York, the University of East London, the Electronic Literature Organization, and the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Bad at Sports , DIAGRAM , Emergency Index , Bombay Gin , and Prairie Schooner . She received her B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Michigan and M.A. in Visual & Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
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Fall 2023 podcast roundup.
A Day Sketching Perennials in The Battery
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Wave of the Future 2023: Pascale Sablan
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Piece highlighting the exhibition “Adaptation(s) at The Pratt House on Governors Island,” which showcases prototypes by Pratt architecture students exploring future urban living in the face of rising sea levels. The exhibition, located on Governors Island, highlights innovative designs for sustainable living, emphasizing the need for creative adaptation to address the challenges posed by climate change.
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Kay WalkingStick, MFA ’75, shares memories and insights from her decades of experience as a painter of the natural world in a profile for The New York Times . “For a lot of years, I didn’t get very much recognition so I wasn’t painting for clients, God knows,” she said. “I was painting to keep myself excited about painting. I still am.”
Nov 01, 2023
Mary Lempres, BFA Fine Arts (Painting) ’18; MID ’23, received a winning entry nod for her project Reef Rocket in the Global Design Graduate Show 2023 in collaboration with GUCCI . “Reef Rocket seeks to decarbonize cement production by employing nature in the manufacturing process while engaging communities most impacted by rising sea levels in fabricating and restoring natural reefs that reduce coastal flooding, promote biodiversity, and filter water.”
Oct 31, 2023
Nathan Ginter, BFA Film ’23, won Best Short Film for The Third Ear at the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival . “ The Third Ear couldn’t have been made without a lot of support, so I’m incredibly grateful to all who’ve given their time, resources, and care to the film,” Ginter said.
Oct 30, 2023
Michael K. Chen, adjunct associate professor-CCE of undergraduate architecture, was featured on AN Interior ’s list of Top 50 Architects and Designers of 2023 , along with Pratt Legend David Rockwell. “Recognized for expertise in creating complex urban projects, Michael K Chen Architecture strives to produce work that is unexpected, hyper-useful, intelligent, and full of delight.”
Oct 26, 2023
The AIANY Interiors Committee selected Rhythmic Citadel by Haochuan (Eric) Feng, BFA Interior Design ’24, as the Judges’ Favorite for the 2023 Recipe for a Room competition . The winning design drew on the theme of respite and used fabric as the primary medium.
Oct 25, 2023
Donni Davy, BFA Photography ’10, was interviewed by The Cut about her role as makeup artist on the HBO series Euphoria and her daily routine. “My favorite thing is seeing the work pay off, whether it’s a look that my team and I created on Euphoria or when a makeup product that I dreamed up finally lands in my hands,” she said.
Oct 20, 2023
Jonathan Gibson, MFA Fine Arts (Painting) ’06, recently launched LivingHistory.AI , which creates “custom immersive history experiences with the power of AI.”
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