Jane Satterfield, MFA
Jane Satterfield, MFA, professor of writing, is a poet and essayist who was born in England and grew up in Maryland. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing from Loyola (in 1986) and her Master of Fine Arts in English from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. Satterfield returned to Loyola in 1989 to join the writing faculty, and today she teaches courses in effective writing, biography and autobiography, poetry, and creative non-fiction. She encourages students to “be curious, take risks, and develop the flexibility to write in a variety of settings.” She especially loves the community of writers that develops among students because “the generosity and care brought to workshops raises the bar for everyone’s writing—it’s one way to put cura personalis, or care for the whole person, into practice.” Satterfield experiments in her own writing with different forms and genres and aims to flesh out connections between “the present moment and other points in history.” She has also served as the director of the Humanities Symposium, an event she considers “Loyola’s academic excellence and teamwork at its best… When faculty and students gather to share their perspectives on a common text, a lively exchange ensues; debates are sparked.” Satterfield, who has authored five books, is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts poetry fellowship and multiple awards for her writing.
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A Jesuit education is critical to fostering curiosity about the world beyond the self. Loyola’s writing curriculum offers students a rich array of options to spark creativity and ways to use their words to affect the common good.