Seth Abramson Joins NHIA MFA Faculty

Jennifer Robertson on 06.05.18

NHIA Announces Appointment of Seth Abramson, Noted Writer and Cultural Critic, as an Affiliate Faculty Member in its low-residency MFA in Writing program

The New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) is pleased to announce the appointment of noted writer, commentator, and cultural critic Seth Abramson as an Affiliate Faculty member of the New Hampshire Institute of Art’s low-residency MFA in Writing program.

As an Assistant Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at the University of New Hampshire, Abramson has established a name for himself as a widely published author, political commentator, and cultural critic who appears frequently on CNN, the BBC, and elsewhere. In his new Affiliate Faculty role, Professor Abramson will enrich NHIA’s existing low-residency MFA in Writing program by contributing expertise in experimental and contemporary approaches to writing in the post-Internet era including multimedia, transmedia, and mixed-reality writing.

Abramson is uniquely suited to join the faculty of NHIA’s non-genre-specific MFA in Writing program with its focus on highly individualized, collaborative learning and an emphasis on professional development. Dr. Monica Bilson, Director of NHIA’s low-residency MFA in Writing program adds, “Seth shares the program’s philosophy that hybrid, cross-disciplinary forms, individualized learning, and flexible pedagogy should be the cornerstones of a progressive creative writing education today. We are thrilled to welcome him to our faculty as part of our ongoing partnership with the University of New Hampshire at Manchester.” 

NHIA’s low-residency MFA in Writing is a two-year program that attracts students from across the nation to New Hampshire every January and June to participate in ten-day residencies shared with students from NHIA’s MFA in Photography and MFA in Visual Arts programs. This approach allows students in the MFA in Writing program to have the opportunity to engage with not only the writing faculty and guest authors, but the visual arts and photography faculty as well as a broad interdisciplinary roster of visiting artists.

Each residency is organized around a common theme, in which students from all programs engage in workshops and presentations. This approach encourages students to think outside the box of their discipline and to bring a new lens to their chosen craft. Recent residency themes have included borders, migration, fear, and food.

Recent visiting writers have included Francisco Cantú, whose debut book The Lines Becomes a River was an instant New York Times best-seller; Steve Almond, author of nine books of fiction and nonfiction including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football; Kate Christensen, recipient of the PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction and author of seven novels including The Great Man; Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams and The Recovering; and Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great Believers.


About Seth Abramson

Seth Abramson is currently an Assistant Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at University of New Hampshire. A graduate of Dartmouth College (A.B.) and Harvard Law School, Abramson worked for nine years as a criminal investigator and criminal defense attorney at public defender offices in the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire before turning to teaching. Abramson holds additional terminal degrees in both Creative Writing (MFA, University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop) and Literary Studies (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison). He joined the faculty of the University of New Hampshire at Manchester in 2015 where he teaches digital journalism, post-Internet cultural theory, post-Internet writing, and legal advocacy (legal writing, case method, and trial advocacy).

Since 1994, Abramson’s reporting and editorials have been published widely in numerous media outlets including The Washington Post, The Kansas City Star, The Economist, Boston Review, The Dallas Morning News, The Seattle Times, The Philadelphia Review of Books, and VRScout. Between 2004 and 2006 Abramson ran The Nashua Advocate, a political news website, which led to him appearing regularly as a political commentator for Air America Radio. From 2008 to 2013 he was a data journalist at Poets & Writers, and from 2013 to 2016 a culture columnist at Indiewire. Between 2010 and 2017 he was an editorialist at The Huffington Post, where his political columns were shared two million times on social media during the 2016 presidential primaries. 

This June, Bloomsbury will publish Abramson’s latest book An Insider's Guide to Graduate Degrees in Creative Writing. Abramson is the author of seven previous books including Golden Age (BlazeVOX, 2017); DATA (2016); Metamericana (2015); Thievery (University of Akron Press, 2013); Northerners (Western Michigan University Press, 2011); and The Suburban Ecstasies (Ghost Road Press, 2009).