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A portrait of Matthew Zapruder
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and School of Liberal Arts (SOLA)

SMC MFA in Creative Writing: Meet with Matthew Zapruder (Poetry)

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You're invited to join Saint Mary's MFA in Creative Writing core faculty member Matthew Zapruder for an evening discussion revolving around poetry, pursuing an MFA degree, and finding a fulfilling career in writing. All prospective students and current applicants interested in poetry are strongly encouraged to attend!

This will be a virtual event hosted on Zoom.

Saint Mary's Virtual Information Sessions are designed to give prospective students the opportunity to connect directly with our faculty, staff, and students in a smaller environment. While we'll often speak specifically to the program here at SMC, we hope that this session will be informative and beneficial for anyone who's looking to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing.

Our Assistant Director of Admissions, Collin Skeen, will also be on hand to answer any questions about the application process. Our application deadline is Friday, February 2nd, 2024 and you can check out our Admissions page for more details.

Matthew Zapruder is the author of five collections of poetry, including Come On All You Ghosts, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Father’s Day (Copper Canyon, 2019), as well as Why Poetry, a book of prose (Ecco, 2017) and the recently released Story of a Poem (Unnamed Press, 2023). He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a William Carlos Williams Award, a May Sarton Award from the Academy of American Arts and Sciences, and a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship. His writing and translations have appeared in many publications and anthologies. His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry 2009, 2013, 2017, and 2020—and he edited the 2022 edition. He is editor at large at Wave Books, where he edits contemporary poetry, prose, and translations.

Register below for this event and a link to our Zoom portal will be emailed to you with your confirmation. 

Have any questions? Contact Collin at 925-631-4190 or

We look forward to meeting you!


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