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Lauren Russell (Poetry MFA 2014)
research assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh
Some time after I completed my MFA at the University of Pittsburgh, an interviewer asked me how my writing career began, and my rather lengthy response ended with a description of my time in the program. During the three years of my MFA, I said, “I felt like I was always ripping apart and reinventing my practice, as muscles rip when we exercise in order to grow.” This was largely thanks to the mentorship of Pitt’s outstanding poetry faculty, who challenged me continuously while still affirming belief in my writing.