Laura Donnelly

Assistant Professor


326 Marano Campus Center

Office hours

Fall 2018
Tuesday & Thursday
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


CRW 205/800 TR 12:45-2:05 210 Marano CC
CRW 205/840 TR 2:20-3:40 210 Marano CC
CRW 300/800 MW 3:00-4:25 132 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 300 LIVING WRITER SERIES-This large-lecture course explores the creative process via a series of talks presented by visiting writers across the genres and may include other members of the writing community (editors, librarians, publishers). The emphasis and the learning experience of this course will focus on “the writing life” and what that means to our visiting writers and, by extension, to us. 

We will be reading and listening to a variety of writer-artists who will speak about their own work. "Work," in this context, means both the written texts and the process of creating that work. A writer, in other words, creates a work... and works to create. This course will invite you into their processes, and move you into a contemplation of their works as audience and as a fellow artist. The Living Writers Series, therefore, has the potential to move you and your own art into more professional and meaningful explorations.

The objective of the course is to help you create and/or refine your own aesthetic regarding the written arts. You will explore different genres and learn the vocabularies associated with them. You will explore the processes of the visiting writers to understand what the professional writer considers important in the act of writing, the art of writing, and in the business of writing.