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Indiana Review

Now in its twenty-seventh year of publication, the Indiana Review is edited and managed entirely by graduate students, with the editor and associate editor receiving full associate instructor stipends as well as summer stipends, and genre editors in both fiction and poetry receiving one-course reductions in their teaching loads. Open to all M.F.A. students, the Indiana Review offers experience in every aspect of publication, including the planning of special issues devoted to topics of particular interest to the editorial staff. Work by contributors to Indiana Review have been awarded the Pushcart Prize and have been reprinted in THE PUSHCART PRIZE ANTHOLOGY: BEST OF THE SMALL PRESSES as well as in BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES, BEST AMERICAN POETRY, PRIZE STORIES: THE O'HENRY AWARDS, and BEST NEW AMERICAN VOICES, as well as many online journals, including POETRY DAILY.

Indiana Review was awarded the 1996 American Literary Magazine Award, sponsored by Poet Magazine and its publisher, Cooper House Press. Quoting the press release: "These awards, established in 1992, continue a tradition of recognizing the overall excellence -- editorial content, poetry, design, layout and production -- of American literary publication." Indiana Review won First Prize in the main area: Magazine Category.



Indiana University Writers' Conference

The annual Indiana University Writers' Conference was founded in 1940. Participants in the conference's early years included Katherine Anne Porter, James T. Farrell, Lillian Hellman, Nelson Algren, John Berryman, Randall Jarrell, Stephen Spender, Gwendolyn Brooks, Karl Shapiro, and Allen Tate. More recent teachers included Mark Doty, Robert Olen Butler, Marilyn Chin, Aimee Bender, Reginald McKnight, Gerald Stern, Charles Baxter, Jean Thompson, Galway Kinnell, Richard Wilbur, Kevin Young, Li-Young Lee, Michael Martone, Howard Nemerov, John Keene, Lisel Mueller, Stanley Plumly, Ishmael Reed, Al Young, Cleopatra Mathis, Mary Robison, David Bradley, and Grace Paley.

Graduate credit is available for writing workshops at this summer conference, held during the first full week of June. The 2005 conference will feature workshops and classes by Tony Ardizzone, Mark Axelrod, Carol Bly, Cynie Cory, Chitra Divakaruni, Ruth Ellen Kocher, Yusef Komunyakaa, David Lazar, David Leavitt, Brian Leung, Martha Rhodes, and Maura Stanton.

The Lilly Library

In addition to the Indiana University libraries, among the largest in the country, the Lilly Library is of particular interest to creative writers. The Lilly Library is a rare book, manuscript, and special collections library, serving as a resource for scholars throughout the world as well as a center of cultural enrichment for the public. With collections containing nearly seven million manuscripts, four hundred thousand books, and one hundred thousand pieces of music, the Lilly Library makes its holdings available to a diverse public through publications, exhibitions, and public programming.

Twentieth century British authors represented in the Library's manuscript collections include Joseph Conrad, D. H. Lawrence, Dylan Thomas, Stephen Spender, and Brigid Brophy, as well as the page proofs and autograph corrections of Virginia Woolf's MRS. DALLOWAY, the heavily revised typescripts of eleven of Ian Fleming's James Bond books, and the principal archives of Richard Hughes, Patrick O'Brian, Malcolm Bradbury, Alan Sillitoe, and contemporary novelist and playwright Fay Weldon, among many others.

The Lilly Library's holdings in twentieth century American literature are also extensive. The manuscript materials include the principle archives of Upton Sinclair, Max Eastman, Sylvia Plath, Galway Kinnell, and others, as well as notable collections from Edith Wharton, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, and several more recent writers, including Nadine Gordimer, Gordon Lish, and Rust Hills. The archives of Bobbs-Merrill, Capra Press, and a number of little magazines -- including the retired files (updated annually) of Poetry magazine -- have added substantially to the Library's records of modern publishing and the authors represented in its files.

Cultural Opportunities

Indiana University's Bloomington Campus and the surrounding community combine the attractions of rural and urban culture. The heavily wooded 2,200-acre campus is located in the rolling hills of southern Indiana and was cited in a book by Thomas A. Gaines, THE CAMPUS AS A WORK OF ART, as one of the five most beautiful campuses in the nation.

The Bloomington community offers a progressive, cosmopolitan culture with a wide variety of shops, restaurants, services, and social and cultural activities. Part of its interesting international cultural diversity results from the fact that Indiana University Bloomington ranks among the top thirty campuses in the United States in the number of foreign students.


The internationally renowned Indiana University School of Music offers a full season of opera and ballet performances as well as an impressive number of free concerts and recitals by students and members of the faculty. Ranked number one in the nation in music performance, the School of Music annually offers over a thousand free performances in opera, symphony orchestra music, chamber music, vocal music, jazz, and dance.

Local clubs offer a wide variety of live blues, jazz, folk, and rock performances. Bloomington is also the host of the annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, held each fall, and the summer Women's International Music Festival. Touring Broadway shows, modern dance companies, and individual performers appear regularly on campus, supplementing the Department of Theatre and Drama's productions of new plays and classics. Indiana University's Art Museum, designed by I.M. Pei, houses one of the best academic collections in the country and regularly hosts a number of outstanding traveling art shows.

Special Programs

To supplement the courses in poetry, fiction, and other forms of writing offered by the Department of English, the Creative Writing Program gives credit for graduate work in playwriting, screenplay writing, and translation.

Indiana University also offers its students distinctive courses in American studies, women's studies, Afro-American studies, Jewish studies, comparative literature, folklore, semiotics, medieval and Renaissance studies, Victorian studies, film studies, textual studies, and a broad spectrum of foreign languages.

Cost of Living

Rand McNally selected Bloomington, Indiana, as one of the eight most desirable places to live in the nation based on personal safety, climate, housing, services, leisure activities, and the cost of living. A recent cost of living study of U.S. cities with major graduate schools revealed that Bloomington, Indiana, is one of the four least expensive of the cities in which to live. The study showed, for example, that a $12,000 fellowship from Indiana University Bloomington is the rough financial equivalent of a $20,950 fellowship from a graduate school located in Chicago, a $25,300 fellowship from a school located in Boston, a $29,250 fellowship from a school located in New York City, or a $31,650 fellowship from a school located in Los Angeles.


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