Carnegie Mellon University
May 18, 2015

Creative Writing Major Accepted into Prestigious John Hopkins University

Creative Writing Major Accepted into Prestigious John Hopkins University

Michael Mingo, a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon’s creative writing program, was accepted into the prestigious John Hopkins University’s Writing Seminars department to start on the track of earning a master of fine arts in poetry.

Mingo wants to teach writing and reading skills to others at the college or high school level.

“I am pursuing an MFA at John Hopkins University because I would like to improve my skills in writing poetry and the program will also give me experience in teaching writing to others,” said Mingo.

Kevin González, assistant professor of English, guided Mingo through the application process, giving him advice on which MFA programs he should apply to and helping Mingo put together his application packet.

“Michael is a very talented, driven, and promising young poet, and, having worked with him over the past two years, it comes as no surprise that he’s been accepted into one of the best MFA Programs in the country,” said González. “All of us in the Creative Writing program wish him the best going forward and we’re sure he’ll continue his success at Johns Hopkins.

“Beginning Poetry Workshop” with González and “The Advanced Poetry Workshop” taught by González and Lauren Shapiro, assistant professor of English, helped Mingo sharpen the poems he wrote for his MFA application for John Hopkins.

The workshops along with the help of other Carnegie Mellon creative writing professors gave Mingo the tools he needed to become familiar with how to publish his poems as well.

“The workshops also gave me valuable experience in a workshop environment,” said Mingo. “And, Gerald Costanzo, professor of English, gave me the opportunity to read manuscripts for the Carnegie Mellon University Press, which made me more familiar with the current state of poetry publication.”

Mingo has become very familiar with the poetry publication process. His work has already been published in three outlets including “3ELEMENTS Review,” the Jersey Devil Press, and The Record.

And, events within the English Department were helpful to Mingo during his undergraduate academic career, including a discussion for students applying to MFA programs. He also attended enrichment events like a talk that focused on equity courts in William Shakespeare’s tragic comedy, “The Merchant of Venice.”

This year, Mingo submitted his work for the Department’s annual event, the MLK Jr. Writing Awards. He was a first-place winner for his poem titled “Rural Vandalism” and had the opportunity to read it to an audience of over 200.

“The events I attended within the English Department were very interesting, were a great addition to my creative writing education, and contributed to my personal development,” said Mingo.

By: Amanda King