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Junot Diaz's broadside on 'too white' bias in MFA programs
Junot Diaz's broadside on 'too white' bias in MFA programs

Junot Díaz is not the only “person of color,” or POC, to have had an unpleasant MFA experience. Sandra Cisneros confesses to having “hated” her time at the famous Iowa Writers Workshop. “It was rather horrible,” she once said in an interview with WYNC . “I like to tell people that I’m a writer despite the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop... I think we often don’t hear from the dissent voices there, the people of color ... because there are so few of them there. When they do survive that experience, they’re not in a place where they can express their opinion." Díaz survived and completed his own MFA program at Cornell in the early 1990s and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for...

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