To MFA or Not to MFA…


Anelise Chen’s fantastic essay, “On Blowing My Load: Thoughts From Inside the MFA Ponzi Scheme,” still has an amazing conversation raging in its comments section.

So, is it better to have MFA-ed and lost, than never to have MFA-ed at all; or is something rotten in the state of MFA? Why not weigh in with your thoughts?

Isaac Fitzgerald has been a firefighter, worked on a boat, and was once given a sword by a king, thereby accomplishing three out of five of his childhood goals. Formerly of The Rumpus and McSweeney’s and most recently the founding editor of BuzzFeed Books, Isaac is now the co-host of BuzzFeed News’ Twitter Morning Show, #AMtoDM. He also appears frequently on The Today Show to talk books, and is co-author of Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them and Knives & Ink: Chefs and the Stories Behind Their Tattoos (with Recipes) (winner of an IACP award), and the author of a YA novel and picture book forthcoming from Bloomsbury. He uses Twitter. More from this author →