Welcome to Butthole U!

Butthole University

So, in response to the MFA application season, I’ve let off steam in a number of ways:

  1. I boiled a pot of water
  2. I participated in the delightful inanities of a Facebook Group devoted entirely to hand-wringing, fingernail-biting, soapbox-standing, and otherwise beautiful MFA applicants
  3. I made my own satirical MFA, based on my experiences (plural!) with applying to such programs, and partly on some inside jokes from the Facebook group

The MFA I created is at a place called Butthole University. The name stems from a long late-night comment thread where everyone wrote in names of titles of famous books (or poems, or plays) substituting the word “Butthole” for one of the crucial words in the title. It was actually pretty funny to see entries such as “Crime and Buttholes” and “A Clean, Well-Lighted Butthole.” Faculty includes several inside jokes, including a mashup of James Franco and Charlie Sheen, a FB troll named Honey Vadger, and a Biscuit. Then when the idea of our own MFA was floated, someone requested that the mascot be a locust. So I drew the logo. We had a debate over the motto, and our resident latin expert helped us fashion “Pedicabimus aliquos”: “We will buttfuck anybody.” Has a nice democratic ring to it, nu?

The rest you can see for yourself at Butthole U MFA. Enjoy!