Laura Donnelly

Assistant Professor


326 Marano Campus Center

Office hours

Spring 2018
Wednesday 1:30 - 3:30
Thursday 2:30 - 3:30
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


CRW 205/810 TR 12:45-2:05 208 Marano CC
CRW 395/810 T 4:00-6:45 210 Marano CC
CRW 405/800 TR 11:10-12:30 208 Marano CC

CRW 205 POETRY WRITING: INTRODUCTORY-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. 

CRW 395 ST: LITERARY PUBLISHING-Most writers get their start by publishing work in literary magazines. This course will introduce students to the wide range of literary journals being published today. In the process, we'll explore the practical side of publishing (students will spend time working with both WordPress and InDesign), and larger questions of vision, community, diversity in publishing, and the changing role of the editor. Students will meet with editors of professional and student-run publications, put together a submission of their own writing for publication, and create a mock literary magazine, among other projects.

CRW 405 POETRY WRITING: ADVANCED-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.