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Elise Blackwell

Professor
Department of English Language and Literature

Email: eliseblackwell@outlook.com
Office: HUO 206
Website:Visit Site

Education 

MFA, University of California, Irvine

Areas of Specialization 

   Creative Writing
   Contemporary Fiction

Recently Taught Courses 

ENGL 610    Writing the Novel
ENGL 602    Seminar in Prose Composition
ENGL 492    Advanced Fiction Writing
ENGL 465    Fiction Workshop
ENGL 360    Introduction to Creative Writing
ENGL 282    Fiction (large lecture)
SCHC 354    Travel Writing (Honors College)

Professional Accolades 

TEACHING AWARDS
   Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award
   Department of English Excellence in Teaching Award
   Nominee, Michael A. Hill Outstanding Honors College Faculty Teaching Award

LITERARY RECOGNITION
   Elise Blackwell's novels have been translated into several languages and named to various best-of-the-year lists, including those of the Los Angeles Times, Sydney Morning Herald, Kirkus, and Book Sense Annual Highlights. For more details or to read review excerpts, please visit eliseblackwell.com.

CURRENT POSITIONS
   Host, The Open Book
   Thomas Cooper Society Board

Current Research Projects 

   A novel set in 19th-century New Orleans
   Lumber Piles of Love (series of 100 pieces of flash fiction triggered by Pablo Neruda's love sonnets)

Selected Publications 

BOOKS
       
   The Lower Quarter
   An Unfinished Score
   Grub
   The Unnatural History of Cypress Parish
   Hunger

SELECTED SHORT FICTION
   "Before Texas" A Shared Voice: a Conversation in Narrative by Twenty-four of the Finest Fiction Writers in America, edited by Tom Mack and Andrew Geyer, Lamar University Press
   "Warehouse" Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine
   "Necrotic" The Newport Review
   "Polk County" Five Chapters
   "Closed World" Coal City Review
   "After Carville" Witness
   "Juarez" Quick Fiction
   "Seeing Water" Seed
   "The People on the Bus" Global City Review (reprinted in OCHO)
   • Novel excerpts in The Quarterly Conversation, The Collagist, and Cultural Vistas

SELECTED NONFICTION
   "Sense of an Ending" Brick
   "Carolina Dog" Carolina Writers and their Literary Dogs, edited by John Lane and Betsy Teter, Hub City Press
   Regular column on fiction and the academy, The Chronicle of Higher Education (2010-2012)
   "In Situ" The Atlantic (online edition)
   "W.G. Sebald's Austerlitz" The Millions
   • Reports on the 2009 PEN World Voices Festival, PEN website
   "Sixth of Seven." Topic

Recent Presentations 

UNIVERSITY READINGS
   Dartmouth College
   Johns Hopkins University
   Louisiana State University
   University of Denver
   Georgia State University
   Widener University
   Medaille College
   Southern Connecticut State University
   University of Central Arkansas
   University of South Carolina-Aiken (James and Mary Oswald Distinguished Writers Series)
   University of California-Irvine
   Redlands University
   University of Vermont

BOOK FESTIVAL APPEARANCES
   West Cork Literary Festival (Bantry, Ireland)
   Alabama Book Festival
   Virginia Festival of the Book
   New York is Book Country
   Literary Orange (Irvine, California)
   Louisiana Book Festival, Words & Music Festival (New Orleans)
   Printers Row Festival (Chicago)
   Decatur Book Festival
   Fall for the Book (Virginia)
   Southern Festival of Books (Nashville).

OTHER TALKS AND READINGS
   Institute on Contemporary Literature
   Faulkner Society (State Museum, New Orleans)
   Squaw Valley Community of Writers
   The Gathering (Keystone College)
   Cell Theatre (New York City)
   The Tank (New York City)
   KGB Bar (New York City)
   Georgia Center for the Book
   Lifeline Theatre (Chicago)
   Log Cabin Literary Center (Boise, Idaho)
   and dozens of bookstores

PANEL PRESENTATIONS
   Squaw Valley Community of Writers, AWP Conference, The Gathering, Words & Music Festival