The MFA in Creative Writing Program –
for 20 years, creating community through craft and creativity.

December 22, 2023 – for immediate release
CONTACT: John V. Cardone,
Vice President of Marketing and Communications
O: (412) 578-6100 / C: (407) 615-1828

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Carlow University is announcing a year-long trans-Atlantic (United States & Ireland) celebration of the 20th Anniversary of its MFA in Creative Writing Program. A number of events and activities will be open to the public.
Starting January 4, 2024, the MFA Program will:
• Host events and activities (many open to the public), including public readings, workshops, and online presentations, to shine light on the Carlow MFA community.
• Publish and launch the 20 Anthology, a book of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction representing the very best of Carlow MFA mentors, alums and students.
• Conduct the Carlow MFA 20th Anniversary Scholarship Campaign, an annual effort to support excellence in writing and attract talented students.
See attached flyer for kick-off events in January – PUBLIC INVITED. More events and activities will be announced throughout the year. We’ll be partnering with local independent bookstores, libraries and other literary organizations that create the foundation of Pittsburgh’s literary community. And in June 2024, we’ll host similar events in Dublin during Carlow’s annual MFA residency at Trinity College.
We welcome the media to tell Carlow MFA Program’s unique story.
• Come to our kick-off event on January 5th (see attached flyer) and let us show you what makes the Carlow program one of Pittsburgh’s literary gems.
• Interview acclaimed Carlow MFA mentors and alums. We will supply interview opportunities, photos, and writing examples. We’ll provide the history of Carlow’s genesis in Ireland and show how the MFA program continues the rich relationship with Irish writers making our program unique from all others.
• Post our events in your calendar. See the attached flyer for January dates.
We’ll be communicating with you throughout the year about other events.
For more information: John V. Cardone, O: (412) 578-6100 / C: (407) 615-1828.


About Carlow’s MFA in Creative Writing Low-residency Program
Carlow University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program is an internationally recognized low-residency writing program known for its acclaimed roster of American and
Irish mentors. Students from all ages and backgrounds across the United States study with preeminent American writers each January at Carlow University in Pittsburgh and with renowned Irish writers each June at Trinity College, Dublin. Carlow’s MFA program, now celebrating its 20th year, has attracted graduate students through its acclaimed mentors, flexibility, and personalized support. Among our faculty and guest writers have been recipients of the most prestigious literary awards, including
the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Man Booker Prize, the Rooney Prize, and the National Humanities Award.
As we look forward to the next 20 years of the MFA program, may we raise our voices and pens to express the need for mercy in our communities and the world. And may we seek and find mercy in our writing and our lives.

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About Carlow University
Carlow is a private, co-educational, Catholic university located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s “Eds, Meds, and Tech” district. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1929, Carlow’s curricula and partnerships reflect its strong commitment to social justice; ethical, forward-thinking and responsible leadership; and service to the community that has a meaningful impact.

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