Clemson-Converse Literature Series


In partnership with the Converse College Low Residency MFA program, this series publishes poetry collections, short-story collections, and creative nonfiction. While the series will occasionally feature an outstanding anthology, the majority of the books will be selected through two competitions, each of which will run biennially: a national poetry prize for a full-length book, an award open to all poets publishing in English; and the Converse MFA series, open to students or alumni of the Converse Low Residency MFA.

The MFA in Creative Writing at Converse is a two-year, low-residency program designed for serious, independent writers seeking advanced instruction in poetry, fiction, young adult fiction, creative nonfiction, and environmental writing through a non-traditional course of graduate study. The program emphasizes the mastery and understanding of writing skills and contemporary literature and craft through the master-writer and apprentice mentoring relationship, ultimately offering students a stimulating and individually tailored curriculum of courses and projects.

Rick Mulkey, Series Editor and MFA Director

Marlin Barton, MFA Fiction Faculty
Suzanne Cleary, Converse MFA Poetry Faculty
Tyree Daye, Converse MFA Poetry Faculty
Denise Duhamel, Converse MFA Poetry and Nonfiction Faculty
Lisa Hase-Jackson, South 85 Journal Editor and Converse MFA Alumna
Geoff Herbach, MFA YA Fiction Faculty
Leslie Pietrzyk, MFA Fiction and Nonfiction Faculty
Sheila O’Connor, MFA YA Fiction Faculty
Robert Olmstead, MFA Fiction Faculty
Susan Tekulve, Associate Professor and Converse MFA Fiction and Nonfiction Faculty
Richard Tillinghast, Converse MFA Poetry and Nonfiction Faculty