Since the M.F.A. degree program was established at ASU in 1984, the Creative Writing Program has followed a tradition of reaching out to the surrounding community, the state and beyond. Extending the focus of personal creative work to the local, national and international community of writers—our faculty, staff and students have been involved in projects in valley elementary schools, high schools, reservations, libraries, detention centers, Alzheimer’s units and hospitals. This tradition of outreach at ASU dates back to the days of the Arizona Territorial Normal School, when producing original literary work was encouraged in student and faculty publications. From the 1906 journal known as The Tempe Normal Student to the weekly 1932 Phoenix radio program that featured original poetry and prose from the college, and on through the 60s and 80s with the publication of The Prospector, Catalyst and the award-winning Hayden’s Ferry Review literary magazines—ASU creative writers have been reaching out to the community. Indeed, the Creative Writing Program has sought to make the community the fourth wall of the ASU classroom, that expanding room in which we all live.
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