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Creative Writing - Faculty

Bauer, Curtis

Curtis Bauer

Associate Professor | M.F.A. Sarah Lawrence College | Ph.D. Texas Tech University

Curtis Bauer's latest collection of poems, The Real Cause for Your Absence, was published in 2013 by C&R Press. His most recent book of translations, Eros Is More, from the Spanish of Juan Antonio González Iglesias, is published by Alice James Books. Curtis is publisher and editor of Q Avenue Press Chapbooks and Broadsides, the Spanish Translations Editor for From the Fishouse, and "Emerging Spanish Poets" Series Editor for Vaso Roto Editions.


Cortese, Katie

Katie Cortese

Assistant Professor | Ph.D. Florida State University | M.F.A Arizona State University

Katie Cortese is the author of Girl Power and Other Short-Short Stories (ELJ Editions, 2015) and the forthcoming collection, Make Way for Her and Other Stories (University Press of Kentucky, 2018). Her work has earned prizes from Narrative Magazine, River Styx, Silk Road, and elsewhere. She has been granted a Tennessee Williams Scholarship to attend the Sewanee Writer's Conference, a Kingsbury Fellowship, and a residency at the Arte Studio Ginestrelle in Assisi, Italy. Her prose has recently appeared in journals such as Indiana Review, Burnside Review, Gulf Coast, Third Coast, Blackbird, Word Riot, and PANK. The faculty advisor for TTU's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta and Fiction Editor for Iron Horse Literary Review, she recently helped organize Write Our Democracy, an event that included students, faculty, alumni, and community members. Learn more at www.katiecortese.com.


Gilson, D.

D. Gilson

Assistant Professor | Ph.D. George Washington University | M.F.A. Chatham University

D. Gilson's forthcoming book is Jesus Freak (with Will Stockton), part of Bloomsbury's 33 1/3 series. He is the author of I Will Say This Exactly One Time: Essays (Sibling Rivalry, 2015); Crush, with Will Stockton (Punctum Books, 2014); Brit Lit (Sibling Rivalry, 2013); and Catch & Release (2012), winner of the Robin Becker Prize. His essays and poetry have appeared in Threepenny Review, POETRY, The Indiana Review, The Rumpus, and twice as a notable essay in Best American Essays. D. edits the journal Lunch and can be found at dgilson.com.


Kolosov, Jacqueline

Jacqueline Kolosov

Professor | B.A. and M.A. University of Chicago, Ph.D. New York University

Jacqueline Kolosov's third collection of poetry is Memory of Blue (Salmon 2014). She has published nonfiction, fiction and poetry in journals and anthologies including Bellevue Literary Review (winner of the 2012 Nonfiction Award), Cimarron Review, The Southern Review, Orion, Stand, and Poetry. She was awarded an NEA Literature Fellowship in Prose in 2008 and has published 2 YA novels with Hyperion and has 2 YA novels forthcoming. Currently, she is co-editing a third anthology, Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Investigation of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres (Rose Metal, Fall 2015).


Patterson, Jill

Jill Patterson

Professor and Editor of of Iron Horse Literary Review | Ph.D. Oklahoma State

Leslie Jill Patterson's prose has recently appeared in Texas Monthly, Grist, Gulf Coast, Barrelhouse, and Penguin's Literature: A Pocket Anthology. Her awards include the 2013 Everett Southwest Literary Award, the 2014 Time and Place Prize, and a 2014 Soros Justice Fellowship. She edits Iron Horse Literary Review and writes case narratives for capital murder defense attorneys in the state of Texas.


Poch, John

John Poch

Professor | M.F.A. University of Florida, Ph.D. University of North Texas

John Poch is the current director of the creative writing program at Texas Tech University. He was the Colgate University Creative Writing Fellow from 2000-2001. His most recent collection, Fix Quiet, won the 2014 New Criterion Prize. His previous book, Dolls, was published in September 2009 with Orchises Press. Two Men Fighting with a Knife (Story Line Press 2008) won the Donald Justice Award. His first book, Poems, was published in January 2004 by Orchises Press and was a finalist for the PEN/Osterweil prize. A limited edition letterpress/art book, Ghost Towns of the Enchanted Circle was published by Flying Horse Editions in 2007. Poch was a recipient of the “Discovery”/The Nation Prize in 1998.  


Wenthe, William

William Wenthe

Professor | B.A. College of the Holy Cross, M.A. and Ph.D. University of Virginia

Wenthe has written three books of poems: Words Before Dawn (forthcoming LSU Press, 2012; Not Till We Are Lost (2003); and Birds of Hoboken (1995).  Not Till We Are Lost won the Best Book of Poetry Award from the Texas Institute of Letters. His awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Texas Commission on the Arts, and two Pushcart Prizes. He has published poems in journals including Poetry, The Paris Review, The Georgia Review, Tin House, Orion, TriQuarterly, and The Southern Review. In addition, he teaches 20th Century British Poetry and has written articles on Yeats, H. D., poetic form and literary theory.

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For more information about graduate study in Creative Writing, please contact Dr. Curtis Bauer, Director of Creative Writing.

For general information about graduate study in the Department of English, please contact Dr. Kanika Batra, Director of Graduate Studies by email or at 806.742.2501.