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Tina Blue

3099 Wescoe Hall

M.A. (Kansas)

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Brian Daldorph

Assistant Professor

1090 Wescoe Hall

Ph.D. (Illinois)

"Take the crooked footpath down/the stream-cut valley,/Nanven it's called./Startle a fox/which slips into ferns..." (from the poem "Outcast"). Brian Daldorph teaches creative writing, literature, and writing classes in the English department. He has also taught in Japan, Senegal, and England. His two books of poems, The Holocaust and Hiroshima: Poems, and Outcasts, were both published by Mid-America Press. He edits Coal City Review. His poems, stories, articles, and reviews have been widely published. From "Outcast": On cold nights he wraps himself in his great white beard/and seals gather round him/to keep Jack O'Bones warm.

Adam Desnoyers

Lecturer / Academic Program Associate

3050 Wescoe Hall

M.A. (Syracuse University)

Robert Elliott

Lecturer/Assistant to the Chair

3127 Wescoe Hall

Ph.D. (Cornell)

Teaching areas include twentieth-century British and Irish drama, Shakespeare, Irish Renaissance, Bernard Shaw, Tom Stoppard, the modern comedy of ideas, the history play, introductions to world drama and theatre history. Administrative duties related to job searches, promotion and tenure, internal communications, hospitality, alumni relations, department committees, publicity.

Iain Ellis

Full Time Lecturer

2027 Wescoe Hall

Ph.D. (Bowling Green State University)

Classes taught at KU include "Punk Literature", "Expressions of Youth Rebellion", and "Critical Reading and Writing". Dr. Ellis has published two books, Rebels Wit Attitude: Subversive Rock Humorists (Soft Skull, 2008) and Brit Wits: A History of British Rock Humor (Intellect, 2012). He has also published over fifty articles in his "Alternative Rock Cultures", "Subversive Rock Humor", and "Wit Attitude" columns for the on-line journal PopMatters.

Stephen Evans

Full Time Lecturer

3119 Wescoe Hall

Ph.D. (Kansas)

Stephen Evans has published numerous articles and reviews in the fields of Medieval and Renaissance literature, American Indian literature, and gender studies. Twice winner of the department's award for Outstanding Instructor, since 1989 Dr. Evans has taught a wide range of introductory and upper-level courses, including Foundations of Technical Writing, Advanced Composition, Shakespeare, American Indian literature, and virtually all of the First- and Second-year English courses, including special topics and Honors courses. To date, Dr. Evans' students have won twenty-eight Excellence in Writing Awards (First- and Second-year English), numerous departmental writing honors for English majors and graduate students, and, in 2009-10, the prestigious Chancellor's Writing Prize (Undergraduate Division).

Stephen Johnson

Full Time Lecturer

1084 Wescoe Hall

Ph.D. (Wichita State)

My poems have appeared in Puerto del Sol, Coal City Review, Mikrokosmos, The Kansas City Star, and Physics of Context: a handbook for outlaws, exiles, and secret admirers. I am on the poetry staff for KU's literary journal Cottonwood

Mary Klayder

Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies, University Honors Lecturer

3019 Wescoe Hall

Ph.D., M.A.(Kansas)

Mary Klayder has a special interest in creative non-fiction, particularly memoir and travel writing.  She is also interested in British literature, especially 20th century London, comparative British and American literature, and Post-Colonial Studies.  She works extensively with the Honors Program and regularly directs study abroad programs to the U.K. and Costa Rica.  She won the 2009 H.O.P.E. Award, the 2008 Outstanding Woman Educator Award, the J. Michael Young Advising Award and is a 6-time recipient of the Mortar Board Outstanding Educator Award.

Sonya Lancaster

Associate Director of Freshman-Sophomore English

3001 J Wescoe Hall

Ph.D. (Kansas)

"Too Many Cooks: Contested Authority in the Kitchen" The Southern Literary Journal 38.2 (Spring 2006) 113-30. Interests include pedagogy, American literature, women's literature, writing program administration.

Chris McKitterick

Center for the Study of Science Fiction Director, Lecturer

3040 Wescoe Hall

M.A. (Kansas)

In retrospect, Christopher McKitterick's diverse experiences and education seem to have been tailored for a life in science fiction. A childhood spent moving from town to town and living in Korea for a year taught him to love and seek new places and people, and being the alien helped him to understand the notion of the "other." His earliest idol was spaceflight pioneer Robert H. Goddard, which led him to (mostly failed) rocketry experiments. Autodidactic education in paleontology, geology, and anthropology led to formal college coursework in astronomy, so that he could teach directed studies during high school. His first years at the University of Minnesota focused on astrophysics, until Chris recognized that his real passion was observational astronomy; this led him to work for the Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire, where he served as planetarian in the Phillips Planetarium, as well as Assistant Director at Hobbs Observatory in Fall Creek. Also in his undergraduate years, a desire to understand people better drove him to study psychology, particularly child development and abnormal psychology.

However, his first love has always been expressing his joys and wonders and hopes and fears and ideas in the form of fiction and poetry, so in his fourth (of six) year of college, he abandoned the goal of becoming an astrophysicist or therapist and embraced his true calling – writing – and earned a BA in English-Writing. After graduation, he served as the primary substitute teacher for a K-12 school in a tiny northeastern Montana town, where he wrote several stories, a book of poetry, and a novel. As much as he loved the dark skies, endless prairie, and badlands of this rough territory, he moved on to pursue studies in science fiction literature and writing under SF Grand Master James Gunn at the University of Kansas. This was a pivotal experience, and several of the stories and papers he wrote for Gunn, as well as his thesis, saw publication. He became involved in Gunn's Center for the Study of Science Fiction, returning to first continue studying with, and then assist, Gunn in his unique, month-long, literature-and-fiction-writing summer SF program. Meanwhile, Chris worked for a number of gaming and high-tech companies in the Seattle area, finally landing as a technical writer, editor, and documentation project manager for Microsoft. After seven years away, he returned to KU to teach writing and SF, and succeeded Gunn as Director of the SF Center.

Chris's short work has appeared in Analog, Artemis, Captain Proton, E-Scape, Extrapolation, Global Warming Aftermaths, Locus, Mythic Circle, NOTA, Ruins: Extraterrestrial, Sentinels: In Honor of Arthur C. Clarke, Synergy: New Science Fiction, Tomorrow Speculative Fiction, various TSR publications, Visual Journeys: A Tribute to Space Art, Westward Weird, a bowling poem anthology, and elsewhere. His debut novel, Transcendence, is available from Hadley Rille Books. He recently finished a far-future novel, Empire Ship, and has several other projects on the burner, including the YASF trilogy, The Galactic Adventures of Jack & Stella. He was honored to edit the special SF issue of World Literature Today. He is a regular speaker on SF and writing, and was stoked to be give the keynote talk at the 2012 UCO Liberal Arts Symposium, where he spoke on science fiction as the mythologies for a changing age. Chris is Director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction (sfcenter.ku.edu), chairs the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for best short SF, and serves on the jury for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best SF novel. He lives in Lawrence, where he teaches writing and SF at the University of Kansas, restores old vehicles, and watches the sky. Visit Chris at his website (christopher-mckitterick.com), blog (mckitterick.livejournal.com), or on Facebook, Google+, Tumblr, and Twitter.

Doug Crawford-Parker

Full Time Lecturer

3037 Wescoe Hall

Ph.D. (Kansas)

Doug’s primary areas of interest are the essay (and creative non-fiction in general), poetry, and American literature.  He has a BA from Cornell University (in history), and M.F.A. from Wichita State University (in creative writing—poetry), an M.A. and Ph.D. from KU.  In 2007, he won the Langston Hughes Creative Writing Award for poetry.  As both teacher and writer, Doug is particularly interested in the ways that the study of rhetoric can encompass both the study of literature and nonliterary writing to enrich one other our understanding of the creation and interpretation of texts of all kinds.  In addition to 101 and 102, Doug teaches English 210 (Introduction to Poetry), along with English 203 (Introduction to the Essay), 355 (Nonfiction Writing I), and 360 (Workshop in Prose Style).

Philip Wedge

Senior Lecturer

3125 Wescoe Hall

Areas of interest: Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy and Victorian Architecture, Literature of Sports, Creative Writing. Honors: John H. Daniels Fellowship at the National Sporting Library and Museum (2013). Slowly Along the Riverbeds, poetry chapbook, Coal City Review (1999); The Literature of Sports, Continuing Education, Univ. of Kansas (1993, revised 2006); "The Sport of Birding in the novels of Ann Cleeves," Aethlon: the Journal of Sport Literature (2006); "Saving the Best of the Coveys: Sport in the Novels of Jane Austen," Aethlon: the Journal of Sport Literature (forthcoming). Essays, poetry and reviews in American Scholar, Aethlon: the Journal of Sport Literature, Stone Country, Kansas Quarterly, Amelia, Wind, and High Plains Literary Review, among others. Poetry Editor of Cottonwood Magazine and Press since 1984

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