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the mfa program at antioch university got all butthurt about my ragequit

After several harassing emails I have finally given up on the MFA program at antioch university.

I feel relieved about this. I feel my poems–the ones I have written since making this decisions–are happier poems, as in they are more fulfilled in their existence, as in they are more real, as in they are not being written to please a writing professor or a workshop or any immaterial feeling i may have which I have imposed upon myself / which has been imposed upon me because of the mfa program and the constraints / baggage which come with the mfa program.

I emailed ben doller — perhaps the final person I will harass about quitting the mfa program — my last “mentor” at antioch university (antioch is edgy and utilitarian and uses terms like “mentor” instead of professor and “project period” instead of semester, etc etc — everyone refers to everyone else by first names, very progressive) — and I told Ben Doller that I was quitting the MFA program at antioch university.

I also asked him where he thought I should submit my poems.

This was on Sunday and I have yet to hear back from him. He is concerned, I believe.

This morning, one of the program coordinators emailed me re the status of my long overdue “workshop materials” for the upcoming “residency” this summer. She asked if might be thinking about not returning in the summer.

I tersely responded that I would not be attending the residency in the summer.

They’re next step, I believe, is to contact me via phone–only problem is that apparently they do not have my phone number. It’s been lost I suppose, which does not surprise me since it has taken me 3 letters / forms in order to change my address, and they still mail my materials to my old address.

Good luck finding my phone number, antioch university, and remember your butt creams.



  1. brandon
    Posted 30 April 2009 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    damn really

  2. Thomas Patrick Levy
    Posted 30 April 2009 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

    really, damn

  3. maxime vidot
    Posted 4 March 2010 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    Hey , a Tampa area high school student got kicked out of Honors because of his facebook page on the school – there is a site for that – ………

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