MFA Family Gather

The MFA family gathered together to celebrate the marriage of two of their own. MFA alums Chris and Elisabeth Speckman met in the program and for better or worse are forever a part of this Butler MFA family.

“My god, how I love my MFA family!” – Ashley Petry (’16)

Hilene Flanzbaum

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JH308c or the Efroymson Center


Hilene Flanzbaum is a Professor of English and the Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing. She also holds the Allegra Stewart Chair in Modern Literature. Her specialties include Modern and American Poetry, Jewish-American Literature, Twentieth-Century Literature and creative writing.


The Americanization of the HolocaustJohns Hopkins University Press

Jewish American Literature: A Norton Anthology

“Hoosier Heartbreak” essay in The Massachusetts Review

“The Trace of Trauma: Third-Generation Holocause Survivors” article in Phi Kappa Phi Forum


Butler offers two distinct reading series and an array of student social events. The award-winning Vivan S. Delbrook Visiting Writer’s Series brings the most influential people in contemporary literature to Butler. Not only have authors like Toni Morrison, Billy Collins, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Gwendolyn Brooks, Nick Hornby, Margaret Atwood, Allen Ginsberg and Amy Tan shared their work with the Indianapolis community, but they have interacted directly with graduate students in small Q & A’s, dinners, one on one workshops. The conversations@efroymson event series provides intimate and unique readings, workshops and events. Additionally, students meet up for open writing, dialogue, book discussions, The Akbar, and the Divedapper Poetry Carnival.

2017 Spring Visiting Writer’s Series

2017 Spring conversations@efroymson