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Creative Writing

The English Department is home to a thriving Creative Writing program. Our faculty have collectively published fifty books of fiction, poetry, literary nonfiction, and criticism. They have won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the Fulbright Program, as well as University-wide awards for outstanding teaching and mentoring. For undergraduates, we offer a track within the English major, as well as a certificate in Creative Writing. For graduate students, we offer an MA and a PhD. Students at all levels focus on either fiction, poetry, or literary nonfiction. We are home to an undergraduate journal, Short Vine, and the nationally prominent literary journal The Cincinnati Review. Our PhD program was ranked eighth in the country by Poets & Writers.

Fiction Reading by Gwen E. Kirby and Bess Winter 
January 25, 2023; 5:30 p.m. EST 
Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library

Panel: “Alumni Confidential: A Conversation about Publishing, Literary Careers, and Life After a Graduate Writing Degree,” featuring Gwen E. Kirby, Brenda Peynado, Liv Stratman, and Bess Winter 

January 26, 2023; 2:00 p.m. EST 
Location TBD 

Fiction Reading by Brenda Peynado and Liv Stratman

January 26, 2023; 5:30 p.m. EST
Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library

Lecture by Brian Teare: "It's the End of the World & We Know It"
February 7, 2023; 5:30 p.m. EST
Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library  
Description: This talk encounters four short poems – one each by Lucille Clifton, Jody Gladding, Oliver Baez Bendorf, and Emily Dickinson – on the way to offering an ecopoetic model of environmental writing and reading, one that contextualizes “nature” within the social as well as the ecological. Challenging the dualist model of nature as something that lies outside of culture, a social ecological approach asks us to write and read about the more-than-human world from a perspective located within a complex interdependence. The ecopoems of Clifton, Gladding, Bendorf, and Dickinson utilize poetic form both to articulate and to answer questions about relations between the human and the more-than-human: how to express solidarity with more-than-human beings? how to express human identification with more-than-human beings? how to express the messy, erotic enmeshment of humans and watersheds? and how to write our experience of extreme weather – and our uncertain future? Focusing on poetic form as an expression of the precarious embodiment that characterizes all life on Earth allows us to extend compassion, solidarity, and identification with more-than-human others through writing, while also acknowledging that such precarity is unevenly distributed across all lives.   

Poetry Reading by Brian Teare 
February 9, 2023; 5:30 p.m. EST
Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library

Poetry Reading by Johannes Göransson
March 30, 2023; 5:30 p.m. EST
Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library

Talk on Translation by Johannes Göransson
March 31, 2023; 3:30 p.m. EST
Location TBD

Fiction reading by Allegra Hyde
April 13, 2023; 5:30 p.m. EST
Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library

“The Writer and the Agent: A Conversation with Erin Harris and Allegra Hyde”
April 14, 2023; 3:30 p.m. EST 
Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library