Creative Writing at Ohio University

One of the first universities in the country to offer a Ph.D. in Creative Writing, Ohio University continues as home to a thriving, widely respected graduate program with concentrations in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.


Small by design, our graduate program offers a comprehensive curriculum, an award-winning faculty, and the intimacy of small classes.


Over the past three years, seven of our nine graduating creative writing Ph.D. students have landed tenure track jobs, post-doctorates, or prestigious visiting writer posts. Our MA graduates go on to study in the top MFA and PhD programs.


The department and its students publish three literary journals: New Ohio Review, a national literary journal, Quarter After Eight, a prose journal edited by graduate students, and Sphere, our undergraduate journal.


The department hosts several annual events including an ambitious Spring Literary Festival that brings five nationally distinguished writers to campus for three-days of readings, craft talks, and student discussion. Recent visitors have included Tony Hoagland, Kathryn Harrison, Barry Lopez, Francine Prose, Peter Ho Davies, Kim Addonizio, David Shields, Robert Hass, Charles Simic, Yusef Komunyakaa, Ron Carlson, and Marilynne Robinson.


Visiting writers engage with our program year-round as well, appearing in both undergraduate and graduate classes, meeting one-on-one with select students, and offering evening readings in the intimate Galbreath Chapel.


In addition to a regular reading series for our graduate students, the creative writing program hosts an annual benefit reading for the Southeastern Ohio Food Bank’s Second Harvest, a food distribution program serving Athens, Hocking, Perry, Vinton, Jackson, Gallia, Meigs, Morgan and Washington counties.