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

Terry Ann Thaxton, M.F.A.


  • 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


  • 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.


The Literary Arts Partnership at UCF


Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
59690 CRW3310 Poetry Writing Workshop Web A - Not Online
No Description Available
51059 CRW4320 Adv Poetry Writing Workshop Web B - Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
90976 CRW4320 Adv Poetry Writing Workshop Web - Not Online
No Description Available
81072 CRW6025 Adv Graduate Writing Workshop Rdce Time Th 6:00PM - 7:15PM Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
19391 CRW4804 Creative Writing in the Com Web - Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
61281 CRW3013 Creative Writing for English M Web A - Not Online
This course is designed to help you develop creative writing skills and to increase your critical appreciation of three major literary genres: poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. All of our work this semester will be done on-line, and since this is a six-week semester, we have a lot to do in a brief amount of time. Reliable access to the internet and ability to navigate Canvas is required. Required Text: Creative Writing: Four Genres in Brief, by David Starkey (Second Edition).

Required Assignments include numerous writing assignments, numerous critiquing assignments, weekly readings, three major quizzes, and a final portfolio.
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
91008 CRW3310 Poetry Writing Workshop Web - Not Online
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. Assignments include: Poem drafts with Evidence of Experimentation and Risk, Building a Literary Community Within Class, Craft Knowledge, and Final Portfolio.
82136 CRW4320 Adv Poetry Writing Workshop Web 12:00AM - 12:00AM Not Online
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, 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 and Poetry Foundation.
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
18911 CRW5948C Crw Service Learning Rdce Time Tu 7:30PM - 9:00PM Not Online
This course focuses on the Writer in the Community, making use of your knowledge of creative writing by providing creative writing opportunities in non-university settings. You will use poetry and storytelling as tools to enhance literacy, learning attitude, self-confidence, character, and self-awareness in children, youth, and adults throughout central Florida. The goal of these activities is to learn more the craft of creative writing, its place in the community, and about the writer, and to increase your understanding of the role of the writer in culture.

You will design a primary “research” question for yourself, so that in addition to offering creative writing as a life skill, you’re also examining how creative writing fits into your academic/career/vocational path. For example, you might explore how creative writing is an act of resistance, how creative writing fits into "community," why the arts have value, the purpose of higher education (in fact, the purpose of education), what it means to live in a democracy, or what it means to be a citizen in that democracy.

We will meet together as a group each Tuesday. Additionally, you will go, either individually or in small groups, to one community partner site once a week for an hour to an hour and a half, and lead creative writing sessions. I have established partnerships with several agencies throughout central Florida—you can choose from these, or you can establish your own community partner.

Students in the course will study the uses of literacy in diverse settings for various purposes, teach writing at least one hour per week in a community-based program with a sensitivity to the specific goals and populations of that program, reflect on experiences by keeping a Field Research Notebook, conduct at least one classroom presentation for the rest of the class, and write a final paper that integrates the field work you do with the research of creative writing in community settings. Textbook: Creative Writing in the Community (Thaxton) and others TBD.

Updated: Apr 5, 2014

Department of English • College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
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