MFA Creative Writing

Fiction | Creative Nonfiction | Poetry

Hunter MFA Creative Writing Poetry Faculty members Donna Masini and Catherine Barnett
Donna Masini
Catherine Barnett


Donna Masini attended Hunter College and received her MFA in Poetry from New York University in 1988. Her latest collection of poems, 4:30 Movie, an elegy for her sister, explores personal loss, global violence, the ways in which movies shape our imaginations. Her first collection of poems, That Kind of Danger (Beacon Press, 1994) was selected by Mona Van Duyn for the Barnard Women Poets Prize. She next published a novel, About Yvonne which The New York Times called "a stunning novel of sexual obsession." In 2004 she published her second collection of poems, Turning to Fiction (WW Norton and Co.) Of her poems Adrienne Rich has said: "Donna Masini's poems are on the wavelength of Whitman and Rukeyser but are inimitable her own: urban, sexual, working-class, passionate, marked by great moral intelligence and generosity. She is one of the marvelous new poets this country is generating in a terrible time." Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies including Best American Poetry, Poetry, Ploughshares, APR, Open City, TriQuarterly, The Paris Review, Brooklyn Poets, Renga for Obama, and many more. She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, and Pushcart Prize, among others.

Catherine Barnett is the author of Human Hours (Graywolf Press, 2018); The Game of Boxes (Graywolf Press, 2012), winner of the James Laughlin Award; and Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced (Alice James Books, 2004), winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award. Her honors include a Whiting Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She has published widely in journals and magazines including The American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, The Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review, The Massachusetts Review, The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, Pleiades, Poetry, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Washington Post. Her poetry was featured in The Best American Poetry 2016, edited by Edward Hirsch and has been published in former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser's column, "American Life in Poetry."

Visiting Spring 2023

Sean Singer is the author of three books of poetry: Discography (Yale University Press, 2002), which won the Yale Series of Younger Poets prize and the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America; Honey & Smoke (Eyewear Publishing, 2015); and Today in the Taxi (Tupelo Press, 2022). Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, in 1974, he has an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Rutgers University-Newark. In 2005 he was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.