Low-Res MFA Summer Residency

summer residency

Summer 2019 dates & info forthcoming 

Lodging Info

We have arranged a special group rate of $50/night for the 2018 Winter Residency at The Sycamore Best Western Inn (6 E. Sycamore St. Oxford). You must call 513-523-0000 directly and ask for the MFA fate. There is also a reduced group rate at the Marcum Conference Center, located on the Miami Campus (513-529-6911). Please call directly and ask for the MFA rate. Both hotels include breakfast.


Amy Toland, Low-Res MFA Coordinator


Previous Summer Residencies

2018 Summer Residency

Schedule of Events

Distinguished Guests

Lisa AmplemanLisa Ampleman is managing editor of The Cincinnati Review. A graduate of the PhD program in creative writing at the University of Cincinnati, she’s the author of a full-length book of poetry, Full Cry (NFSPS Press, 2013), and a chapbook, I’ve Been Collecting This to Tell You (Kent State UP, 2012).

Tim SieblesTim Seibles, a Philadelphia native, is the author of several books of poetry. Fast Animal, was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2012 and won the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize in 2013. His latest, One Turn Around The Sun is now available. He is the current Poet Laureate of Virginia and a professor of English and Creative Writing at Old Dominion University.

Joe ThorntonJoe Thornton is a writer living in Bloomington, Indiana. His short stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The RyderBlue Lake Review, Under the Gum Tree, and Killjoy Magazine. Find him on Twitter @joethelion23 or at jdthorntonisawriter.tumblr.com

Keith TumaKeith Tuma is the author of books of poetry including Climbing into the Orchestra (The Mute Canary, 2017), The Paris Hilton (Critical Documents, 2009), and Holiday in Tikrit (Critical Documents, 2005, with Justin Katko), and of On Leave: A Book of Anecdotes, a book of creative nonfiction (Salt, 2011). His critical works include Fishing by Obstinate Isles: Modern and Postmodern British Poetry. He is the editor of Anthology of Twentieth- Century British and Irish Poetry (Oxford, 2001), Rainbow Darkness: An Anthology of African American Poetry (Miami, 2005), and other books. He is Professor of English at Miami University, where he also directs Miami University Press.

Matt Young

Matt Young is a veteran, writer, and teacher. He holds an MA in creative writing from Miami University. His first book, Eat the Apple (Bloomsbury, 2018), was called "The Iliad of the Iraq War" by Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner, Tim Weiner. Young's essays can be found in TIME, LitHub, Granta, Word Riot, Tin House, River Teeth, and elsewhere. Find him on Twitter @young_em_see.

 2017 Summer Residency

Schedule of Events

Distinguished Guests

Jeff Allen

Jeffery Renard Allen is a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Virginia. He is the author of five books, most recently the novel Song of the Shank (Graywolf Press, 2014), which is loosely based on the life of Blind Tom, a nineteenth century African American piano virtuoso. The novel was featured as the front-page review of both The New York Times Book Review and The San Francisco Chronicle, won the CLMP’s Firecracker Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner. An earlier novel Rails Under My Back won The Chicago Tribune's Heartland Prize for Fiction. Allen has received a Whiting Writers' Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a residency at Bellagio. His website is www.jefferyrenardallen.com.

Lillian-Yvonne Bertram Lillian-Yvonne Bertram has published three books of poetry. Her first, But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise (Red Hen Press, 2012), was selected by Claudia Rankine as the 2010 Benjamin Saltman Award winner and was a poetry nominee for the Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Award for outstanding works of literature published by people of African descent. Her second book, a slice from the cake made of air (Red Hen Press, 2016) was recently named one of the best poetry books of 2016 by Entropy Magazine. Her third book, personal science, is out now from Tupelo Press. Bertram won a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship in 2014. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing in the MFA program at UMASS Boston.

Jeff Kleinman

Jeff Kleinman is a literary agent, intellectual property attorney, and founding partner of Folio Literary Management, LLC, a New York literary agency. He represents upmarket and literary fiction and narrative nonfiction. Some of his authors' recent projects include the NYT Bestsellers The Art of Racing in the Rain, Widow of the South, The $80 Champion, Mockingbird, and The Snow Child (Pulitzer Finalist).

BK Loren

BK Loren’s essays have been published widely in anthologies and periodicals including Orion Magazine, The Best Spiritual Writing of 2004 and 2012, OnEarth, and many more, and have been shortlisted in the Best Essays of the year Anthologies. Her nonfiction has won numerous national awards and fellowships, and her collection, Animal, Mineral, Radical received the Colorado Book Award in 2012. “Margie’s Discount” (from Animal, Mineral, Radical) will be performed on stage in 2017. Her novel, Theft, won the Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Award in 2012, the Willa (Cather) Award for Women Writing the West, and was a finalist for other national awards. It has been optioned for film (Loren penned the screenplay). Loren teaches in the US and Canada and is currently completing a book of literary nonfiction and a novel. The acquisitions editor of her first book told her she “writes like she was raised by wolves.” She tries to live up to that daily.