The faculty teaching English and Creative Writing are committed teachers who are grounded in their disciplines but also interested in developing innovative new courses. In addition to traditional survey courses in British, American, and World literature, for example, the faculty offer classes in the Border Trilogy of Cormac McCarthy, Native American Studies, and James Joyce’s Ulysses. Writing faculty teach major genres at introductory and advanced levels in workshop format, including fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and screenwriting. Subgenre or pre-professional courses are also taught, including Writing about Food, Writing about Nature, Travel Writing, Literary Journalism, Memoir, Professional Editing (in which students edit and lay out a book), and Grammar and Style for Writers.
Faculty are serious writers themselves, believing strongly that practicing the craft they teach is integral to the instruction of their students. They have published prize-winning books in poetry, memoir, and literary studies, along with poems and essays in anthologies such as After the Bell, Body Outlaws, What’s Normal, Medieval Romance, Catalogue of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, American Masculinities, On the Wing, and Cleveland in Poetry and Prose. Their poems and essays have appeared in magazines and journals such as North American Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Seneca Review, Midwestern Folklore, Iowa Review, Black Warrior Review, Crab Orchard Review, Mid-American Review, FIELD, M/MLA Journal, High Plains Literary Review, cream city review, and American Angler.