1. The Night We Set the Dead Kid on Fire by Ephraim
  2. Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
  3. Oye What I'm Gonna Tell You by Milanés
  4. Everyday Chica by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
  5. Mud Song by Terry Thaxton
Department of English Graduate Programs
Jocelyn Bartkevicius

Jocelyn Bartkevicius, Ph.D.

Jocelyn Bartkevicius is the editor of The Florida Review and director of the MFA program in creative writing. She studied literary fiction and nonfiction writing at The University of Iowa, nonfiction writing at the Bennington Writing Seminars, and completed a doctoral dissertation on the essays of Virginia Woolf. Her stories and essays have appeared in anthologies and such journals as The Iowa Review, The Missouri Review, The Bellingham Review, Fourth Genre, The Hudson Review, Gulf Coast, and TriQuarterly Online. She continues to publish studies of Virginia Woolf as well as book reviews and interviews. She is completing a memoir, The Emerald Room.

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  • Ph.D. in English from University of Iowa
  • M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Bennington College
  • M.A. in Creative Writing from University of Iowa

Research Interests

  • Literary nonfiction
  • Memoir
  • Personal Essay
  • Ecological Criticism and Ecotheory
  • Virginia Woolf

Recent Research Activities

Current research focuses on the form and history of the personal essay. "Donna Brazile Loves Mudslinging: or Why We Need the Essay Now" is available at TriQuarterly Online (http://triquarterly.org/views/donna-brazile-loves-mud-slinging-or-why-we-need-essay-now).


  • The Annie Dillard Award in the Essay
  • The Missouri Review Editors' Prize in Nonfiction
  • The Iowa Woman Essay Award
  • Notable essay citations in The Best American Essays 2010, 1999, and 1990
  • Barbara Deming Memorial Award
  • Vogel Scholar in Nonfiction Writing, Bread Loaf Writers Conference
  • Teaching Incentive Program Award, 2005 and 1999


Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
11410 CRW5130 Form & Theory in Creative Wr Rdce Time M 7:30PM - 9:00PM Not Online

Focusing on craft—especially style and structure—we’ll read works by writers who have crossed genre. Our explorations will include the following: Writers who have interrogated the same subject in more than one genre; Writers who push the borders of genre in a single work; Writers who revisit and transform another writer’s work in a new genre, and more.

Assignments will include vigorous class discussion, brief studies of craft, imitation exercises, and a final creative project.

Books are expected to include the following:

·         Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi’s, Americanah (novel) and We Should All Be Feminists (essay and Ted Talk);

·         Lidia Yuknavitch’s, On the Small Backs of Children (novel) and The Chronology of Water (memoir);

·         Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man and Clint Smith’s New Yorker essay, “Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man as a Parable of Our Times.

·         Essays by Virginia Woolf and imitation essays by Annie Dillard.

·         Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres (novel), David Denby’s “Queen Lear, (essay)” and William Shakespeare’s King Lear (play or film).

·         Essays and stories by David Foster Wallace.

·         John Updike’s Self-Consciousness (memoir) and selected short fiction.

·         Kathryn Harrison’s The Kiss (memoir) and Exposure (a novel)

No courses found for Fall 2017.

No courses found for Summer 2017.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
11363 LIT6076 Studies in Cont Nonfiction Rdce Time Tu 7:30PM - 9:00PM Not Online
LIT6076.0M01: Studies in Contemporary Nonfiction

PR: Admission to the Creative Writing MFA Program

"The line between fact and fiction is fuzzier than most people find it convenient to admit.....For imagination and memory are Siamese twins, and you cannot cut them so cleanly apart." That's David Shields (channeling Jonathan Raban) in his controversial book Reality Hunger. Through reading, writing, and class discussions, we'll consider this contention about the nature of narrative prose, and the line between nonfiction and fiction, and also explore the role that memory and perception play in creating effective prose narratives. While the reading of course focuses on nonfiction, we'll read some fiction as well to fuel the conversation about what line--if any--exists between them.

The reading is expected to include:
- Reality Hunger: A Manifesto, by David Shields;
- Life is Short, Art is Shorter, by David Shields;
- Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel;
- Maus, by Art Spiegelman;
- Boyhood, by J.M. Coetzee;
- The Boys of My Youth, by Jo Ann Bear;
- This Boy's Life, by Tobias Wolff;
- The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien;
- The Hours, by Michael Cunningham;
- Companion to an Untold Story, by Marcia Aldrich;
- Waveform, by Marcia Aldrich;
- Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut;
- I Could Tell You Stories, by Patricia Hampl;
- Autobiography of a Face, by Lucy Grealy

Assignments include annotations (short, interpretive analyses), imitations, a conference paper and other presentations, and a final paper, designed as a submission for a journal such as Writer's Chronicle or Poets and Writers.
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81844 CRW6025 Adv Graduate Writing Workshop Rdce Time Th 7:30PM - 9:00PM Not Online
CRW6025.0M01: Advanced Writing Workshop - Nonfiction and Poetry

PR: Admission to the Creative Writing MFA

This is a workshop course in which students will write and discuss literary nonfiction and/or poetry. (Students are welcome to focus on just one of these genres, or to experiment with both). We'll focus on craft-based discussions of your new writing, with a few conversations about select published works as a way of informing our understanding of craft. Reading is likely to include "The Best American Essays" and "The Best American Poetry" 2013.

Nonfiction students are invited to write all subgenres of literary nonfiction, including memoir, personal essay, flash nonfiction, graphic narrative, and literary journalism. Poetry students will be invited to explore a similar range of styles.

The workshop is designed for MFA candidates in nonfiction writing and poetry. However, fiction writers in the program are invited to explore nonfiction or poetry in this class as well.

No courses found for Summer 2016.

Updated: Sep 10, 2011

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