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Curtis Bauer

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

Curtis Bauer specializes in creative writing (poetry) and Spanish translation. His areas of interest are American and world poetry, poetry and fiction in translation and chapbook publishing. He is the author of three collections of poetry: Fence Line (BkMk Press, 2004, winner of the 2003 John Ciardi Poetry Prize), The Real Cause for Your Absence (C&R Press, 2013), and American Selfie (Barrow Street Press, 2019). He is also a translator of poetry and prose from the Spanish: his recent publications include the full-length poetry collections Eros Is More, by Juan Antonio González Iglesias (Alice James Books, 2014), From Behind What Landscape, by Luis Muñoz (Vaso Roto Ediciones, 2015), and Image of Absence, by Jeannette Clariond (The Word Works, 2018). He is the publisher and editor of Q Avenue Press Chapbooks & Broadsides, the Translations Editor for The Common Literary Journal and International Advisory Editor for Broken Bowl Editions, the US subsidiary of Vaso Roto Ediciones.


Burke, Marcus

Marcus Burke

Assistant Professor | M.F.A. Iowa Writer's Workshop 

Marcus Burke's debut novel, TEAM SEVEN, was published in 2014 by Doubleday Books. TEAM SEVEN received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews, was long-listed for the 2015 PEN Open Book Award, and was one of the "10 Titles to Pick Up Now," in O, The Oprah Magazine. Burke was featured in The NY Times as part of a cohort of thirty two, "Black Male Authors of our Time". He is currently at work in his next novel.


Katie Cortese

Katie Cortese

Associate 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 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 Gargoyle, GRAVEL, Indiana Review, Gulf Coast, Blackbird, and elsewhere, and she serves as both the faculty advisor for Harbinger Journal and as Fiction Editor for Iron Horse Literary Review. Learn more at www.katiecortese.com.



Jacqueline Kolosov

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).


Jill Patterson

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.


John Poch

John Poch

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

John Poch was the Colgate University Creative Writing Fellow from 2000-2001 and was the 2007 Thornton Writer-in-Residence at Lynchburg College. John Poch's book, Texases was published in May 2019 by WordFarm Press. Between Two Rivers is a photography/poetry collaboration about Texas and New Mexico rivers and landscapes with Jerod Foster and was also published by TTU Press in May 2019. Fix Quiet won the 2014 New Criterion Poetry Prize. In 2014 he was a Fulbright Core Scholar to the University of Barcelona in Spain. His book, Dolls, was released in 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 by Orchises Press (2004) and was a finalist for the PEN/Osterweil prize. The Essential Hockey Haiku (a poetry/fiction collaboration with Chad Davidson) was published by St. Martin's Press in Fall 2006. 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. He was a founding editor of 32 Poems Magazine. He was the inaugural Colgate University Creative Writing Fellow from 2000-2001 and was the 2007 Thornton Writer-in-Residence at Lynchburg College. 


William Wenthe

William Wenthe

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

William Wenthe has written four books of poems: God's Foolishness (2016); Words Before Dawn (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. Julie Nelson Couch, Director of Graduate Studies by email or at 806.742.2501.