Mary Quade

Associate Professor of English

A.B., University of Chicago
M.F.A., The University of Iowa Writers' Workshop

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Mary Quade has taught creative writing at Hiram College since 2006, including poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, and screenwriting. She serves as faculty for the Emerging Writers Workshop and associate editor of Hiram Poetry Review and is the author of two poetry collections, Guide to Native Beasts (Cleveland State University Poetry Center) and Local Extinctions (Gold Wake Press). Her teaching philosophy is "Get writers into the world. Get the world into writers." Quade says, “The most helpful thing I can do for my students is get them to forget about having answers and instead think about questions. Once students realize they don’t have to have answers, they can happily go about exploring their subjects with freshness, finding surprises as they look. As a teacher, I stress that the best writing comes from interaction with the concrete stuff of life. I ask my students to start with this stuff, and grow to know its nature throu gh curiosity.”


  • Basics of Creative Writing
  • Craft and Technique: Fiction
  • Craft and Technique: Poetry
  • Craft and Technique: Creative Nonfiction
  • Craft and Technique: Screenwriting
  • Advanced Workshop in Fiction
  • Advanced Workshop in Poetry
  • Advanced Workshop in Creative Nonfiction
  • Literary Journalism
  • Writing About Nature
  • Experimental Forms
  • Comics and the Nuclear Age
  • Senior Seminar

Research Interests

  • Contemporary American literature
  • Contemporary and historical perspectives on the American frontier
  • Comics
  • Travel and nature writing
  • Nuclear history


  • Local Extinctions (Gold Wake Press)
  • Guide to Native Beasts (Cleveland State University Poetry Center)


  • Creative Nonfiction: Twenty Essays and Interviews with the Writers (SUNY)
  • From Curlers to Chainsaws: Women and Their Machines (Michigan State University)
  • New Poetry from the Midwest 2014 (New American Press)
  • New Voices: Contemporary Poetry from the United States (Irish Pages)
  • On the Wing: American Poems of Air and Space Flight (University of Iowa)

Recent Publications in Journals (selected list):


  • “Loose Dogs,” Solstice Literary Magazine, Summer 2016
  • “At the playground of Verrucomicrobium spinosum,” MicroBestiary, 2015
  • “Amish Boy Gesturing at the Road,” “The Middle School Cheerleader,” “Measuring Exposure,” Moon City Review, 2015
  • “Tink Holl Asian Market,” Little Patuxent Review, Winter 2015
  • “Missing,” Free State Review, Winter/Spring 2015
  • “Clothesline,” A Narrow Fellow, Fall 2014
  • “Tale of the Lost Girl,” “Tale of the Goose,” “Stinging Things,” The Boiler Journal, Spring 2014

Creative Nonfiction Essays

  • “In the Classroom.” Fourth Genre, Fall 2014
  • “The Galapagos Shooting Gallery.” Confrontation, 113, 2013.
  • “Paradise, Earth.” The Florida Review, 37, 2, 2012.
  • “The Collection.” Creative Nonfiction, 47, 2013.
  • “Cage.” Fifth Wednesday Journal, 10, 2012.
  • “The Box.” Grist, 5, 2012.
  • “Hatch.” Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment, Fall 2011.
  • “Steel: Products of Cleveland.” West Branch. Fall/Winter 2011.


  • Gold Wake Press Poetry Open Competition Winner (2015)
  • Notable Essay (“Hatch”) in Best American Essays 2013
  • Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in Prose (2014)
  • Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in Poetry (2006, 2010)
  • Paul E. Martin Award (2008)
  • Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book Prize (2003)
  • Oregon Literary Fellowship (2001)
  • Pushcart Prize Nominations for Essay
  • Pushcart Prize Nominations for Poetry



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