Core Faculty

Wendy Barker

Poet in Residence; Pearl LeWinn Endowed Professor of Creative Writing

Wendy Barker's seventh collection of poetry, Gloss, is forthcoming from Saint Julian Press in January 2020. Her sixth collection, One Blackbird at a Time, received the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry (BkMk Press, 2015). Her fifth chapbook is Shimmer (Glass Lyre Press, 2019). 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 Endowed Chair and Poet-in-Residence at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she has taught since 1982.

Kimberly Garza

Kimberly Garza's fiction and nonfiction have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and appear in Copper Nickel, DIAGRAM, Creative Nonfiction, TriQuarterly, Bennington Review, CutBank, Huizache, and elsewhere. She holds a Ph.D from the University of North Texas and an M.A. and B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. She is originally from Uvalde, Texas.

David Ray Vance

Creative Writing Program Director

David Ray Vance is the author of two full-length poetry collections-Stupor (2014), winner of the 2012 Elixir Press Antivenom Prize, and Vitreous (2007), winner of the 2005 Del Sol Press Poetry Prize-as well as a chapbook, Radium Jaw (Transparent Tiger Press, 2001). His poems and stories have appeared in such journals as Denver Quarterly, Chicago Review, Notre Dame Review, Texas Observer, and McSweeney's. His poems are also included in three artist editions published by Ed Colker's Haybarn Press: Gathering: fifteen poets/poems (2010), Opposed to Indifference: Poems of Memory and Conscience (2012), and angles & naked visions (2016). Dr. Vance serves as faculty advisor for Sagebrush Review, UTSA's student run literary journal, and is editor and chief of American Letters & Commentary, the long-running journal of literature and art turned book imprint.


Creative Writing Committee Members

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 Restless Ilan Stavans: Outsider on the Inside (2019), American Suite (2018), 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.

Joycelyn Moody

Joycelyn Moody was an NEH Fellow in the 2015 Summer Seminar: Black Poetry After the Black Arts Movement at the University of Kansas. A former editor of African American Review, she teaches and writes about African American literature across the centuries. Her "When We Won the Nobel Prize" was republished last year in Stealing Light: A Raven Chronicles Anthology: Selected Work, 1991-1996. Currently, she serves as General Series Editor of African American Literature in Transition, a multivolume, multimodal series for Cambridge University Press.


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