Feb 27, 2021  
2018-2019 Caspersen School of Graduate Studies 
2018-2019 Caspersen School of Graduate Studies [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Fine Arts in Poetry & Poetry in Translation

About the Program

The Drew University Master of Fine Arts in Poetry and Poetry in Translation Program is a two-year, low-residency program for poets and poet translators. Students hone and develop their talent, as well as gain knowledge of the craft and poetics of contemporary American writers, and writers from other eras and cultures. The program offers some of America’s most talented poets as faculty mentors who work one-on-one with our students.

The program is divided into short, intense residencies and mentorship semesters, culminating in a fifth residency, at which graduating students participate in a panel discussion and offer a public reading of the work they have completed over the course of their time in the MFA Program.


Sean Nevin (snevin@drew.edu)


The residency is designed as an incubation period, an intense immersion into poetry. Students and faculty gather twice a year for ten days to learn, listen, and write together. During the residencies, students attend workshops in the mornings, lectures in the afternoons, and readings most evenings. Students also meet with their mentors to create their study plans for the coming mentorship semester.  Housing for residencies is available on Drew’s campus. 

Mentorship Semesters

Mentorship semesters occur between the ten day residencies, when students return home and correspond with a faculty-mentor, while engaged in the solitary work of writing poetry, and of reading and writing critically. Study plans devised at the residencies are fulfilled, and the challenge of sending packets back and forth between student and mentor creates excitement, energy, and growth. Requirements for mentorship semesters change as students progress through the program.