1. Getaway Girl by Terry Thaxton
  2. Writing for the Web: Composing, •Coding, and Constructing Web Sites
  3. Lizard Man by David James Poissant
  4. The Society of S by Susan Hubbard
  5. The Historicism of Charles Brockden Brown by Mark L. Kamrath
  6. The Year of Disappearances by Susan Hubbard
  7. Virtual Teams in Higher Education by Flammia
  8. Everyday Chica by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
  9. As If, poems by Russ Kesler
  10. The Heaven of Animals by James Poissant
  11. The Terrible Wife by Terry Thaxton
  12. Problem Novels by Anna Maria Jones
  13. The Night We Set the Dead Kid on Fire by Ephraim
  14. Innocence, Heterosexuality, and the Queerness of Children’s Literature by Tison Pugh
  15. Intercultural Communication by Houman Sadri and Madelyn Flammia
  16. Oye What I'm Gonna Tell You by Milanés
  17. Drawing on the Victorians, edited by Anna Maria Jones
  18. Getaway Girl by Terry Thaxton
  19. Collecte Writings of Charles Brockden Brown edited by Mark L. Kamrath
  20. People Get Ready by Kevin Meehan
  21. Transversal Ecocritical Praxis by Patrick D. Murphy
  22. Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
  23. The Flight of the Kuaka by Donald Stap
  24. The Season of Risks by Susan Hubbard
  25. Elegant Punk by Darlin Neal
  26. Rattlesnakes and the Moon by Darlin Neal
  27. The Zero Theorem by Pat Rushin
  28. Crossing The Creek by Anna Lillios
  29. The Rhetorical Nature of XML by J.D. Applen and Rudy McDaniel
  30. Ecocritical Explorations in Literary and Cultural Studies by Patrick D. Murphy
David James Poissant

David James Poissant, Ph.D.

David James Poissant is the author of THE HEAVEN OF ANIMALS: STORIES (Simon & Schuster, 2014), longlisted for the PEN / Robert W. Bingham Prize, winner of the GLCA New Writers Award and a Florida Book Award, and a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize. Poissant’s stories and essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Chicago Tribune, Glimmer Train, The New York Times, One Story, Playboy, PloughsharesThe Southern Review, and in several anthologies, including New Stories from the South and Best New American Voices. He is a winner of the Playboy College Fiction Contest, the RopeWalk Fiction Chapbook Prize, the George Garrett Fiction Award, the Matt Clark Prize, and the Alice White Reeves Memorial Award from the National Society of Arts & Letters. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Central Florida and lives in Orlando with his wife and daughters. Currently, he is at work on a novel, also forthcoming from Simon & Schuster.

Education

  • Ph.D. in English & Comparative Literature from University of Cincinnati (2011)
  • M.F.A. in Creative Writing from University of Arizona (2007)
  • B.A. in English from Berry College (2001)

Research Interests

  • Fiction Writing
  • The Short Story
  • Contemporary American Literature
  • Southern Literature
  • Creative Writing Pedagogy

Duties

Faculty Advisor: Graduate Writers Association

Faculty Advisor: PARCELS Graduate Student Reading Series

Selected Publications

Books

  • THE HEAVEN OF ANIMALS (Simon & Schuster) March, 2014

Articles/Essays

  • “The Story of a Year,” Ecotone, Spring, 2015

  • “Ten Books That Changed Your Life? The New List Trend,” The Good Men Project, September

    15, 2014

  • “On ‘Leaves,’ a Consideration of Happiness, Righteousness, and Grace (with Digressions),” The

    John Updike Review, Vol. 3, No.1, Spring 2014

  • “I Want to Be Friends With Republicans,” The New York Times, November 3, 2013

  • “Fish, Girls, Flight,” Sundog Lit, February, 2013

  • “The Ecstatic: On Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods,” Tin House, online, November 16, 2011

Creative Publications

  • Forthcoming "The Baby Directs Brahms," The Southern Review
  • Forthcoming "Tornado," Glimmer Train
  • "The History of Flight," Serious Daring: Creative Writing in Four Genres
  • “Refund,” One Story Collected
  • “Lorelei,” Southern Indiana Review
  • “Stealing Orlando,” Newfound Journal
  • "Flight Patterns," Post Road
  • “A Boyfriend, Obamacare, a Cat,” Post Road
  • "Nathan," The Chattahoochee Review
  • "Missed Connection," Columbia
  • "Zugzwang," Tweeds
  • “Amputee,” Glimmer Train
  • “The Fox King,” Surreal South 2013
  • “The History of Flight,” The Pinch
  • “The Shape of Sleep,” Altered Scale
  • “The End of Aaron,” Chicago Tribune: Printer’s Row
  • “Monkey See,” Ploughshares
  • “The Collector of Thoughts,” Gulf Coast
  • “Lake,” Beloit Fiction Journal
  • “The Hand Model,” Hayden’s Ferry Review
  • “Last of the Great Land Mammals,” Washington Square
  • “Black Ice,” Freight Stories
  • “Nudists,” Five Chapters
  • “Wake the Baby,” American Literary Review
  • "First, Do No Harm," "Obituary," "Werewolf," Copper Nickel
  • "Away," 15 Views of Orlando
  • “Box of Rain,” Sawmill Magazine
  • “The Fox King,” The Fairy Tale Review
  • “The Baby Glows,” New Stories from the Midwest 2011
  • “The Disappearing Boy,” The Good Men Project
  • Lizard Man, Winner: RopeWalk Press Fiction Chapbook Prize
  • "Refund," One Story
  • "How to Help Your Husband Die," Notre Dame Review
  • "100% Cotton," The Southern Review
  • "Lake in Winter," Iron Horse Literary Review
  • "The Cost of Living," The Mississippi Review
  • "Measuring the Drop," The Greensboro Review
  • “This is My Body,” The Pinch
  • “Between the Teeth,” Press 53 Awards Anthology
  • “Between the Teeth,” What Doesn’t Kill You
  • "The Heaven of Animals," The Atlantic
  • “The Baby Glows,” The Southern Review
  • "The Caterer," New Delta Review
  • “What the Wolf Wants,” West Branch
  • “Lizard Man,” Best New American Voices 2010
  • “First Love,” Southern Indiana Review
  • “Lizard Man,” New Stories from the South 2008
  • “Lizard Man,” Playboy
  • “Venn Diagram,” Best New American Voices 2008
  • “Knockout,” Redivider
  • “The Geometry of Despair,” The Chicago Tribune
  • “Between the Teeth,” Willow Springs
  • “Cooking Lessons,” The Chattahoochee Review

Awards

Finalist, Los Angeles Times Book Prize

Long List, PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize

Winner, 2015 GLCA New Writers Award

Silver Medal, Florida Books Awards

An Amazon 2014 Best Book of the Year

An Amazon 2014 Top Twenty Story Collection of the Year

Best Short Story Collection of 2014, Tweed’s Magazine

9 Best Books of 2014, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2014

Out Now Pick, The Washington Post, 2014

Must-Read Pick, New York Post, 2014

The Kirkus Star: “Awarded to Books of Exceptional Merit,” Kirkus Reviews, 2014

Most Anticipated Books of 2014, The Millions

D.H. Lawrence Fellow, Taos Summer Writers’ Conference, 2015

Walter E. Dakin Fellow, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, 2014

Teaching Fellow, Wesleyan Writers Conference, 2014

Scholar, Tin House Summer Writer’s Conference, 2013

In-House Research Award, UCF Office of Research & Commercialization, 2012-2013

Margaret Bridgman Scholarship in Fiction, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 2012

Notable Story of 2011, Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012

Recommended Reading: “Nudists,” The Millions, November 11, 2012

Winner, RopeWalk Press Fiction Chapbook Prize, 2011

Charles Phelps Taft Dissertation Fellowship, 2010-2011

Finalist, The Micro Award, 2011

Third Prize, The Atlantic Monthly Student Writing Contest, 2010

Winner, Regional Literature Competition, National Society of Arts and Letters, 2010

Winner, Alice White Reeves Memorial Award, National Society of Arts and Letters, 2010

Second Place, Hatfield/Westheimer Short Story Prize, 2010

Winner, Matt Clark Prize, New Delta Review, 2010

Finalist, Mississippi Review Prize, 2010

Finalist, Donald Barthelme Prize for Short Prose, Gulf Coast, 2009

Distinguished Mystery Story of 2007, Best American Mystery Stories 2008

Winner, Playboy College Fiction Contest, 2007

Winner, AWP Quickie Contest, Redivider, 2007

Second Prize, The Atlantic Monthly Student Writing Contest, 2006

Runner-Up, Nelson Algren Award, The Chicago Tribune, 2006

Winner, George Garrett Fiction Award, Willow Springs, 2006

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
19387 CRW4122 Adv Fiction Writing Workshop Face2Face Tu,Th 4:30PM - 5:45PM Not Online
No Description Available
10448 CRW6025 Adv Graduate Writing Workshop Face2Face Tu 7:30PM - 10:15PM Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81808 CRW4122 Adv Fiction Writing Workshop Rdce Time Th 12:00PM - 1:15PM Not Online
CRW4122.0M02: Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop
(Poissant)

PR: English major or minor, and grade of C (2.0) or better required in CRW 3120

CRW 4122 is an advanced fiction writing workshop. Our focus will be on the close reading of contemporary literary (non-genre) fiction. We will explore fiction theory and study the short story for its elements: character, plot, setting, dialogue, point of view, etc. We will also learn to read, analyze, and critique our own work and the work of our peers. Finally, taking into consideration writing as a craft, we will study the art of revision.
91270 CRW6976 Scholarship Publication Models Face2Face Tu,Th 6:00PM - 7:15PM Not Online
CRW 6976 is the MFA Scholarship & Publication Models course available to students in the first, second, or third years of their creative writing graduate classes. The course will serve as a specialization and professionalization study with units on the academic job market (job applications, writing job letters, CV preparation); publishing creative work (cover letters, agent and publisher query letters, manuscript preparation, the literary marketplace); publishing or preparing other work (craft essays and conference papers); book reviewing (reading, writing, and submitting reviews of new and forthcoming work); the literary landscape (topics, trends, forms, and authors to watch now and in the coming years); literary conference, panel, and reading series organization and implementation; pedagogy (syllabus and course design); and more. Students will devise short and long-term strategies to support themselves and their art.
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
51079 CRW4122 Adv Fiction Writing Workshop Web B Web Not Online
CRW4122.BW60: Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop
(Poissant)

PR: English major or minor, and grade of C (2.0) or better required in CRW 3120

CRW 4122 is an advanced fiction writing workshop. Our focus will be on the close reading of contemporary literary (non-genre) fiction. We will explore fiction theory and study the short story for its elements: character, plot, setting, dialogue, point of view, etc. We will also learn to read, analyze, and critique our own work and the work of our peers. Finally, taking into consideration writing as a craft, we will study the art of revision.
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
19579 CRW4114 History of Prose Style Face2Face Tu,Th 4:30PM - 5:45PM Not Online
CRW4114.0001: History of Prose Style
(Poissant)

PR: English major or minor, junior standing, and grade of C (2.0) or better required in CRW 3013 and CRW 3053

The History of Prose is an undergraduate creative writing elective course. This spring's course will focus on the North American short story in the 20th and 21st centuries. We will study the growth and manifold mutations of the short story form over the course of 100 years. This will be a reading-intensive course. Students will learn to close-read short stories, studying them at the sentence level and with an eye toward story structure. We will also focus on the form's history through periods like Modernism, Postmodernism, Minimalism, etc. Students will become familiar with the hallmarks of various literary movements. This course will not contain a workshop element, though students will do some creative writing in the form of writing style imitation exercises. The course will culminate with a critical paper and an author/book report.
10454 CRW6025 Adv Graduate Writing Workshop Face2Face Th 7:30PM - 10:15PM Not Online
CRW6025.0001: Advanced Writing Workshop - Fiction
(Poissant)

PR: Admission to the Creative Writing MFA

The Advanced Fiction Workshop is a workshop course for graduate students in the UCF MFA Program. Students will write, workshop, and revise two or three stories or novel/novella sections. Students will also read four books of fiction, two of which will correspond to the spring visiting writers series. Students will workshop fiction with an eye toward voice, dialogue, free indirect discourse, point of view, story structure, plot, characterization, setting, tone, imagery, and sensory detail, as well as the writing at the sentence level. Sentence level attention will include the study of grammar, punctuation, parts of speech, sentence length, sentence rhythm, paragraph demarcation, sentence economization, editing, polishing, and proofreading. Oxford commas are strongly encouraged.
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81940 CRW3053 Thry & Practice Creative Wrtng Web Web Not Online
CRW3053.0W61: Theory and Practice of Creative Writing
(Poissant)

PR: English major or minor, junior standing, and a grade of C (2.0) or better in ENC 1102

In this course, students will read literary texts to feed their understanding of contemporary writing in fiction, literary nonfiction, and poetry. They will apply the strategies that they learn from these stories, essays, and poems to their creative activities, become fluent in relevant writing terminology and concepts, gain insight into the emphases and specialties of the UCF creative writing program, and identify possible career paths and "uses" of a degree in English with a specialization in creative writing.
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
61190 CRW4122 Adv Fiction Writing Workshop Web B Web Not Online
CRW4122.BW59: Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop
(Poissant)

PR: English major or minor, junior standing, and grade of C (2.0) or better required in CRW 3013, CRW 3053, and CRW 3120.

This course is an advanced fiction writing workshop. Our focus will be on the close reading of contemporary literary (non-genre) fiction. We will explore fiction theory and study the short story for its elements: character, plot, setting, dialogue, point of view, etc. We will also learn to read, analyze, and criticize our own work and the work of our peers. Finally, taking into consideration writing as a craft, we will study the art of revision.

Updated: Sep 29, 2015

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