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Kyle Adamson

Writing a Life: Kyle Adamson BFA '12

Kyle Adamson BFA ’12 is a self-proclaimed “dabbler.” Adamson always enjoyed writing, but he didn’t truly take himself seriously as a writer until he was a student in Hamline’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Creative Writing program. Now, Adamson is a published poet.

“The role of the writer is to capture the moments in which real life is alive and undeniable and to wrestle these experiences into words, separating them from et cetera of everyday life,” Adamson said.

With four years of service in the Marine Corps including two deployments to Iraq, Adamson has a lot of life experience from which to draw. As a student of creative writing, he began to hone his writing skills and how to take serious and strategic approaches to putting his experiences into words.

Knowing that he was not ready for college immediately after high school, Adamson enlisted in the military. On deployments, he would read and write privately as a creative outlet. When he returned from service, he began his studies in the Associate in Fine Arts program at Normandale Community College and—after acclimating to college life and discovering his deep passion for creative writing—transferred to Hamline specifically for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program.

At Hamline, Adamson found a close-knit community of students who shared his passion for writing and professors who “took the time to understand my ambitions and curiosities while finding avenues to channel them into strong writing,” he said.

In his BFA classes, Adamson was exposed to multiple perspectives of the craft and not just one way to create strong writing. Because of this broad approach, Adamson grew as a writer in numerous ways.

“I developed the ability to pursue my ambitions, take risks, and establish the fierce desire to express myself in the medium of words. I went from being a dabbler to someone who takes writing very seriously,” he said.

After graduating from Hamline, he was awarded a fellowship in the low-residency MFA in Writing program at Bennington College in Vermont. “It’s really as simple as that,” he says, “I’m doing well in my MFA because I got a BFA at Hamline.”

Adamson is already making a name for himself as an emerging writer. In 2010, Adamson’s poem “Debriefing,” which is a semi-satirical, biographical look at his experiences in the Iraq War, was chosen as one of nine winners of the 2010 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Intro Journals Project and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Adamson has also been published in the Artful Dodge, Revolver, Alaska Quarterly Review, Water~Stone Review (Hamline’s own literary journal), Midway Journal, Specter and r.kv.r.y. His poem “The Ghost Song of Justin Miller” was a finalist for the 2014 Consequence Prize in Poetry.

Find out more about Hamline’s BFA in Creative Writing program on the Creative Writing Programs’ website, or contact Hamline's Undergraduate Admission Office to learn more about joining the Hamline community.