Core Faculty

Wendy Barker

Poet in Residence; Pearl LeWinn Endowed Professor of Creative Writing

Wendy Barker's sixth collection of poetry, One Blackbird at a Time, received the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry (BkMk Press, 2015). Her fourth chapbook is From the Moon, Earth is Blue (Wings Press, 2015). An anthology of poems about the 1960s, Far Out: Poems of the '60s, co-edited with Dave Parsons, was released by Wings Press in 2016. Other books include a selection of poems with accompanying essays, Poems’ Progress (Absey & Co., 2002), and a selection of translations, Rabindranath Tagore: Final Poems (co-translated with Saranindranath Tagore, Braziller, 2001). Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including The Southern Review, Nimrod, New Letters, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, and Plume, as well as The Best American Poetry 2013. She is the author of Lunacy of Light: Emily Dickinson and the Experience of Metaphor (Southern Illinois University Press, 1987), as well as co-editor (with Sandra M. Gilbert) of The House is Made of Poetry: The Art of Ruth Stone (Southern Illinois University Press, 1996). Recipient of NEA and Rockefeller fellowships among other awards, she is the Pearl LeWinn Professor of Creative Writing and Poet-in-Residence at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she has taught since 1982.

David Ray Vance

Author of Stupor, winner of the 2012 Elixir Press Antivenom Prize (2014), and Vitreous, winner of the 2005 Del Sol Press Poetry Prize (Del Sol Press, 2007), as well as a chapbook, Radium Jaw (Transparent Tiger Press, 2001).

Creative Writing Committee Members

T. Jackie Cuevas

Author of chapbook Otherhood, U.S.A (2000). Her work has appeared in the third edition of Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera (2007), and in literary magazines such as Sinister Wisdom, Stone Canoe, and Ixua Review. Cuevas is a member of Macondo, the creative writing group founded by Sandra Cisneros.

Steven G. Kellman

Author of Redemption: The Life of Henry Roth (W. W. Norton, 2005), which was honored with the 2005 New York Society Library Award for Biography.His other books include The Translingual Imagination (2000), The Plague: Fiction and Resistance (1993), Loving Reading: Erotics of the Text (1985), and The Self-Begetting Novel (1980). He received the 2007 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from the National Book Critics Circle and served four terms on its board of directors.

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