Alumni, MFA in Creative Writing Program


MFA in Creative Writing, Goddard College; MA in English, The City College of the City University of New York; BA in Sociology, University of Maryland at College Park

Personal Statement

Jill Magi graduated from the MFA in Creative Writing program in 2011. She is a writer and visual artist based in Chicago.

Jill Magi works in text, image, and textile. Her books include Labor (forthcoming from Nightboat), Slot (Ugly Duckling Presse), Cadastral Map (Shearsman), Torchwood (Shearsman), Threads (Futurepoem), Shroud (unlimited edition of a project with Jen Hofer), and numerous chapbooks and handmade books.

Her work has appeared in the following anthologies: The Eco-Language Reader (Portable Press/Nightboat), Letters to Poets (Saturnalia), and Fiction from the Brooklyn Rail (Hanging Loose Press). Recent work has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Rattapallax, The Columbia Poetry Review, Drunken Boat, The Michigan Quarterly Review, and Common-place: Journal of the American Antiquarian Society.

An extended essay on a textimage theory and curriculum is due out from Moving Furniture Press/Rattapallax in 2014. Her visual works have been exhibited at Counterpath, the Arcade 6 Gallery of Columbia College, The Textile Arts Center Brooklyn, The Brooklyn Arts Council Gallery, apexart, AC Institute, and Pace University.

She was a resident artist at the Brooklyn Textile Arts Center, a writer-in-residence with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and an arts grant recipient from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.

From 2002-2012 she ran Sona Books, a community-based chapbook press, and for her publishing work, was recognized by Poets & Writers magazine as among the most inspiring authors of 2010.

Jill has taught literature, writing, poetics, visual art and culture at The New School, Goddard College, The City University of New York, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and in 2012-13, she was the Columbia College Chicago MFA Poetry visiting writer. In the fall of 2013 joins the faculty at New York University in Abu Dhabi.