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Laura Donnelly

Assistant Professor

326 Marano Campus Center

Office hours

Fall 2016
Monday and Wednesday
4:00 - 5:30
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

Fall 2016 Courses

CRW 205/800MWF1:50-2:45204 Park Hall
CRW 205/810MWF3:00-3:55204 Park Hall

ENG 351/ENG 551

MWF12:40-1:35306 Marano CC

CRW 205-Poet Naomi Shihab Nye writes, “Poetry is a conversation with the world; poetry is a conversation with the words on the page in which you allow those words to speak back to you; and poetry is a conversation with yourself.”  In CRW 205, students engage with this conversation while exploring the building blocks of poetry – image, metaphor, diction, voice, line, form, sound, and revision. Class includes some craft lecture, but focuses primarily on discussion of contemporary poets and student work. A final portfolio of revised poetry is required. 

ENG 351& 551/800-A study of American poetry since WWII. Our goal is to practice thoughtful reading, discussion, and analysis of poetry written by a diverse group of 20th and 21st century poets. In the process, we’ll explore the defining features of contemporary American poetry and the similarities and differences between various poets and schools of poetry within this period.