Atlantic Monthly‘s 2007 fiction issue commends UC Irvine’s master of fine arts creative writing program as one of the country’s top ten. In the article “Where Great Writers Are Made,” UCI’s program is noted as one of the five most selective. Such selectivity pays off, according to poet and faculty member James McMichael, who told the magazine, “We’ve had some years where every member of the class ends up with a book contract.” UCI’s M.F.A. program is also lauded for having some of the most notable alumni, including Pulitzer-Prize winners Michael Chabon and Richard Ford, as well as Alice Sebold, bestselling author of The Lovely Bones. More than 350 program directors, faculty, students and graduates were interviewed for the article, which is available on newsstands now.