Kimberly Garza, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, English

Kimberly Garza


Kimberly Garza is an assistant professor of creative writing and literature, working primarily in fiction and nonfiction. She received a Ph.D. in English-Creative Writing, specializing in fiction and Mexican-American literature, from the University of North Texas, and a B.A. in English and Spanish and an M.A. in English-Creative Writing from the University of Texas at Austin.

She is the author of ​The Last Karankawas, ​a forthcoming novel-in-stories centering on Galveston Island and Hurricane Ike (Henry Holt & Company). ​Her stories and essays have been published in places including ​Copper Nickel,​ ​DIAGRAM​, ​TriQuarterly​, ​Creative Nonfiction,​ Huizache​, ​Cutbank​, and ​Bennington Review​, and her 2018 essay “The Queen Signal” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She serves as associate fiction editor for ​The Boiler​ and has worked at literary journals including ​Bat City Review​ and ​American Literary Review​. Her writing has been supported by scholarships from the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers Conference and the Michener Center for Writers.

Dr. Garza’s research and teaching interests include ethnic studies, specifically Chicanx literature, and regional/place-based studies.


Recent & Upcoming Courses

  • Advanced Fiction Writing
  • Topics in Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction
  • Latino/a Studies
  • Graduate Fiction Workshop

Research Interests

  • Creative writing
  • Contemporary fiction and nonfiction
  • Chicanx literature
  • Ethnic and American literature
  • Border literature
  • Place/space

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