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Laura Donnelly

Assistant Professor


326 Marano Campus Center

Office hours

Spring 2017
Tuesday & Thursday
4:00 - 5:00
or by appointment

Laura Donnelly

Laura Donnelly's first full-length collection of poetry, Watershed, won the 2013 Cider Press Review Editors' Prize and was a finalist for the Brittingham and Pollak Prizes. She is also the author of a chapbook, Nocturne - Schumann's Letters (Finishing Line Press, 2010), and her poems have been published in Rhino, Cimarron Review, Typo, Third Coast, PANK, Flyway, CutBank, Poetry East, DIAGRAM, and elsewhere.

Donnelly holds a PhD in English/Creative Writing from Western Michigan University and an MFA from Purdue University. Her interests include poetry and nonfiction writing, 19th and 20th century British literature, literary publishing, and gender studies. She is a former Editor-in-Chief of the national literary journal Third Coast and the recipient of fellowships from the Corporation of Yaddo, the Ragdale Foundation, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Classes taught

Spring 2017 Courses

CRW 395-810 TR 2:20-3:40 142 Marano CC
CRW 405-800 TR 12:45-2:05 142 Marano CC

CRW 395-Uses hands on activities to explore the work of being a literary editor.  What does it take to run a literary journal or an independent press? Topics covered include setting a mission statement, soliciting authors, selecting and editing literary work, budgeting and fundraising, conducting social media campaigns, interviewing and writing book reviews, working with printers, creating online content, and using InDesign and online submission software. Assignments involve working on Oswego’s literary journal, The Great Lake Review, in addition to interacting with publishers beyond Oswego. Permission of instructor required; however, no prerequisites are necessary. If you like hands on learning and are interested in publishing, this class is for you. Current GLR editors are strongly encouraged to take this class. Email for information. 

CRW 405-Advanced Poetry Writing builds upon the experiences of CRW 205 and 305 as students refine their poetic practice.  Over the course of the semester, each student will write a chapbook of poems, a focused collection of fully revised poetry.  The class also considers how writers remain involved with poetry after college, including explorations of literary journals and publishing, community outreach, and graduate writing programs.