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

Terry Ann Thaxton, M.F.A.

Education

  • M.F.A. in Poetry from Vermont College (1997)

Research Interests

  • Poetry Writing
  • Contemporary Poetry and Poetics
  • Creative Non-Fiction
  • Literary Arts and Community
  • Community-Based Learning
  • Women's Studies
  • Marginalized Learners

Selected Publications

Books

  • CREATIVE WRITING IN THE COMMUNITY: A GUIDE, Bloomsbury Publishing, January 2014
  • THE TERRIBLE WIFE, Collection of Poems, Salt Publishing, UK, 15 February 2013

    • Winner of The Florida Book Award in Poetry 2013, Bronze Medal
  • GETAWAY GIRL, Collection of Poems, Salt Publishing, UK, 15 March 2011

    • Winner of the 18th Annual Frederick Morgan Poetry Prize
    • Shortlisted, The Crashaw Prize, Salt Publishing, UK
    • Finalist, Elixir Press Ninth Annual Poetry Awards
    • Semi-Finalist, University of Akron Poetry Prize 
    • Semi-Finalist, Black Lawrence Press Poetry Prize
    • Finalist, Carnegie Mellon Poetry Press Prize
    • Finalist, T.S. Eliot Prize in Poetry, Truman State University Press
    • Semi-Finalist, Beatrice Hawley Poetry Prize, Alice James Books
    • Finalist, Ohio State University Award for Poetry
    • Semi-Finalist, University of Akron Poetry Prize for Getaway Girl

Creative Publications

  • "Delusions of Grandeur." Essay. The Missouri Review Jeffrey E. Smith Editor's Prize, 2013.
  • Poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, Connecticut Review, Cimarron Review, Painted Bride, Hayden's Ferry, South Carolina Review, Potomac Review, flyway, and elsewhere.
  • Essays and book reviews have appeared in Fourth Genre and Seattle Journal for Social Justice.

Activities

The Literary Arts Partnership at UCF

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
11536 CRW5130 Form & Theory in Creative Wr Rdce Time W 6:00PM - 7:15PM Not Online
CRW5130.0M01: Form and Theory in Creative Writing
(Thaxton)

PR: Admission to Creative Writing MFA

This class will explore the boundaries between poetry and prose, namely the hybrid forms including prose poems, lyric essays, and flash fiction. We will look briefly at the historical origins of each form and move to contemporary writers who explore these and other hybrid forms. This class will focus on rigorous investigation into the craft of each form. Through class discussions, readings, and assignments, we will go further in-depth into such tools as use of language, form, sound patterning, various genre conventions, and generating some of our own art. We will also look at interdisciplinary and digital forms of visual/text publication. We will read several craft books that focus on various forms, we will read successful use of these forms, and we will conduct field research trips to museums, thrift stores, junk yards, used book stores, indy music shows, and similar events to help each student to construct a response to "What is contemporary creative writing?"
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
91558 CRW3310 Poetry Writing Workshop Web Web Not Online
CRW3310.0W59: Poetry Writing Workshop
(Thaxton)

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

This is an intermediate level poetry workshop that will focus on the nature of poetry, the creative process, the elements most often present in good poems, and we will read and discuss the work of contemporary poets. Although there are no formulas or rules to follow to write good poems, we will establish some guidelines and discuss the qualities most often present in good poems, for instance - clarity, honesty, significance, control of diction, an attention to the sound of words, the effective use of figurative language, and the use of concrete and specific language.
91559 CRW4320 Adv Poetry Writing Workshop Web Web Not Online
CRW4320.0W59: Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop
(Thaxton)

PR: English major or minor, junior standing, and grade of C (2.0) or better required in CRW 3013, CRW 3053, and CRW 3310

This is an advanced class for English majors/minors who take poetry seriously and want to prepare to become practicing poets. I expect that you already know the works of several contemporary poets, the terminology necessary to discuss poetry in workshop, and that you know a few of the current trends in poetry. From here we will explore various ways to start poems, deepen our understanding of contemporary trends and issues in poetry and poetics, and examine how to take poems from inception to publishable. No textbook required - we will do a significant amount of reading poems that are available online through the Academy of American Poets.
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
61188 CRW3311 Readings in Poetry for Crw Web A Web Not Online
CRW3311.AW59: Readings in Poetry for Creative Writing
(Thaxton)

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

This course is meant to provide you with intensive study of the most important of the elements that provide the structural underpinnings to poetry, from lineation to syntax to traditional forms. Our primary learning objectives are discerning noticeable patterns in poetry, such as sound, lineation, stanza, repetition of syntax, words, and images, and recognizing metrical patterns and practicing methods of scansion. Structure is one of the two primary components of poetry; the other is content. Thus as you learn the structural elements, you will focus on how those patterns (the structure) affect the poem’s content and how the structure affects the poem as a whole. By the end of the course you should be a more discerning reader of poetry. If you are not already in love with poetry, my hope is that by the end of the course you will be.
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
19424 CRW3310 Poetry Writing Workshop Web Web Not Online
CRW 3310.0W59: Poetry Writing Workshop
(Thaxton)

This is an intermediate level poetry workshop that will focus on the nature of poetry, the creative process, the elements most often present in good poems, and we will read and discuss the work of contemporary poets. Although there are no formulas or rules to follow to write good poems, we will establish some guidelines and discuss the qualities most often present in good poems, for instance–clarity, honesty, significance, control of diction, an attention to the sound of words, the effective use of figurative language, and the use of concrete and specific language. Required Text: A Poet’s Companion by Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux
19801 CRW4320 Adv Poetry Writing Workshop Web Web Not Online
CRW 4320.0W61: Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop
(Jackson)

PR: English major or minor, junior standing, and grade of C (2.0) or better required in CRW 3013, CRW 3053, and CRW 3310.

The course is designed to develop student creativity and fluency in identifying and writing poetry. Students are expected to engage in a search for artistic excellence, which through plenty of writing and rewriting, is obtainable in a course of this magnitude. Such a noble goal includes much reading and talking and debating and listening and exchanging of ideas about what constitutes a perceptive and evocative work of art. Further, it is expected that each student will acquire the artistic discipline and a professional attitude requisite to creating new works of literary merit. The course is offered as a series of workshops, with practical hands-on sessions devoted to in-class writing, revision, group discussions and critiques of work produced in the course and that of established contemporary and canonized writers.

Course Objectives:
-Students will write polished, effective poems.
-Students will examine the current trends and issues in poetry and poetics.
-Students will reflect upon the writing process and imagination in their own process of growth as a writer and in the writing and growth of peers.
11665 CRW6025 Adv Graduate Writing Workshop Rdce Time W 6:00PM - 7:15PM Not Online
CRW 6025.0M02: Advanced Graduate Workshop/ Poetry-Nonfiction
(Thaxton)

This Advanced Graduate Writing Workshop is based on the philosophy that writers not only learn from other writers, but also must know the world in which we live, and that the way to learn about the world is to be careful observers and recorders of the world. Therefore, the objectives (what you will accomplish) of this course are for you to 1) Raise your writing to the level of professional publication; 2) Develop your editing skills and your ability to articulate the effectiveness of techniques in your own writing and the writing of others; and 3) Reflect on the process of writing. We will be writing poetry and/or creative nonfiction. You'll be writing a total of four pieces for workshop, but you may write an additional three for your portfolio.
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
91455 CRW3311 Readings in Poetry for Crw Web Web Not Online
CRW 3311.0W59: Readings in Poetry for CRW
Thaxton

This course is designed to teach practicing poets the basic external and internal structural elements of poetry and how those elements work with the content (non-structural elements) to create the poem as an experience. This course is meant to provide you with intensive study of the most important of the elements that provide the structural underpinnings to poetry, from lineation to syntax to traditional forms. Our primary learning objectives are discerning noticeable patterns in poetry, such as sound, lineation, stanza, repetition of syntax, words, and images, and recognizing metrical patterns and practicing methods of scansion. Structure is one of the two primary components of poetry; the other is content. Thus as you learn the structural elements, you will focus on how those patterns (the structure) affect the poem’s content and how the structure affects the poem as a whole. By the end of the course you should be a more discerning reader of poetry. If you are not already in love with poetry, my hope is that by the end of the course you will be. The poetry we will use to explore the structural and non-structural elements of poetry will include American poets, from Walt Whitman to contemporary poets. (Texts: Six American Poets: An Anthology ed. By Joel Conarroe and The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry, ed. J.D. McClatchy, 2nd edition)
82655 CRW4616 Advanced Scriptwrite Workshop Web Web Not Online
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Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
60436 CRW4320 Adv Poetry Writing Workshop Web A Web Not Online
CRW 4320.AW59: Advanced Poetry Workshop
Thaxton

This is an advanced class for English majors/minors who take poetry seriously and want to prepare to become practicing poets. I expect that you already know the works of several contemporary poets, the terminology necessary to discuss poetry in workshop, and that you know a few of the current trends in poetry. In addition to focusing on four poems to polish, we will deepen our understanding of contemporary trends and issues in poetry and poetics, examine how to take poems from inception to polished. Four original poems, Critiques of Peer Poems, Readings, and Final Portfolio. (no textbook)

Updated: Apr 5, 2014

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