Creative Writing Program


Regina Barreca is most recently the author of It's Not That I'm Bitter: How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Visible Pantylines and Conquered the World (St. Martin's, 2009). Her earlier works include They Used to Call Me Snow White, But I Drifted (Penguin); Perfect Husbands (and Other Fairy Tales) (Crown); Sweet Revenge: The Wicked Delights of Getting Even (Crown); Babes in Boyland: A Personal History of Coeducation in the Ivy League (UPNE); Untamed and Unabashed: Essays on Women and Humor in British Literature (Wayne State U.P.); Too Much of a Good Thing is Wonderful (UPNE); The ABC of Vice: An Insatiable Women’s Guide (with cartoonist Nicole Hollander)(UPNE); and I’m With Stupid: One Man, One Woman, and 10,000 Years of Misunderstanding Between the Sexes Cleared Right Up (co-authored with Gene Weingarten)(Simon and Schuster). Her works have been translated into Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, German, Spanish, and Japanese.

Lynn Bloom has been awarded an advance contract from the University of Iowa Press for Hot Genres, Alluring Nonfiction.  This study of writing that people love to write and to read—about Food, Travel, Medicine, and Breaking News, will be part of their New American Canon Series, a fine match between book, series, and publisher. Written in the same engaging style of its subject, Hot Genres is intended to attract general readers without turning off academics. Dr. Bloom has also been appointed a Fulbright Specialist for the next five years.  As a specialist in creative nonfiction and composition studies, she can travel, if invited by Fulbright grant recipients, anywhere in the world as a consultant for two-six weeks. “College English as Icon and Ideal” will be published in College English, March 2013, and  “Bodies of Knowledge: Ethics and Engagement in an Undergraduate Disability Studies Course” –focusing on Dr. Bloom’s course at UConn “Disability in American Literature and Culture,”Pedagogy v. 14 is forthcoming in 2014. In March 2013, she will participate on a panel on “Essayists on the Essay” at the Associated Writing Programs national conference.  In May 2013 She’ll present a paper on “Living to Tell the Tale: Why the Worst Trips Are the Best,” at the Society for American Travel Writing section of the American Literature Association.  Both meetings are in Boston.

Julie Choffe lis the author of The Hello Delay, which won the Poets Out Loud Prize from Fordham University Press (2012), as well as the chapbook Figures In A Surplus (Achiote Press, 2010). Her poems have appeared in Lungfull!, CURA, Denver Quarterly, American Letters & Commentary, and Art New England, among other places. She also curates the Inescapable Rhythms reading series in Hartford.

Bruce Cohen’s poems and non-fiction essays have appeared in well over a hundred literary periodicals such as AGNI, The Georgia Review, The Harvard Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Prairie Schooner & The Southern Review as well as being featured on Poetry Daily & Verse Daily. He has published three acclaimed volumes of poetry: Disloyal Yo-Yo (Dream Horse Press), which was awarded the 2007 Orphic Poetry Prize, Swerve (Black Lawrence Press) and Placebo Junkies Conspiring with the Half-Asleep (Black Lawrence Press). A recipient of an individual artist grant from the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, prior to joining the Creative Writing faculty at the University of Connecticut in 2012, he directed, developed, and implemented nationally recognized academic enhancement programs for the last thirty years at the University of Arizona, The University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Connecticut.

Darcie Dennigan is the author of two poetry collections, Corinna A-Maying the Apocalypse (Fordham University Press) and Madame X (Canarium Books 2012), and a poem/play/joke chapbook, The Dept. of Ephebic Dreamery (Forklift 2012). Her takes on books have appeared on/in The Colorado Review, html giant, Kenyon Review, and The Rumpus, and her work has received awards from the Poetry Society of America and Discovery/The Nation, and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and RI State Council of the Arts. She's also the co-founder & co-director of Frequency Writers, a Providence-based community writing organization.

Tom Dulack’s many plays include Incommunicado (1989), which won the Kennedy Center/American Express Grant for New America Plays; Breaking Legs (1990), which ran for over a year at the Promenade Theatre in New York; and Friends Like These (2003), which won the Kaufman and Hart Prize for New American Comedy when it received its world premiere at the Arkansas Rep in Little Rock. Directed at the Old Globe Theatre by Jack O’Brien and then by Alan Ayckbourn at his theatre in Scarborough, England, Breaking Legs has become a comic staple of stock and regional theatre companies. Other plays by Dulack include Solomon’s Child (1979), Bright Wings (1986), Just Desserts (1991), York Beach/The End of the Century (1993), and Diminished Capacity (1995). Many of his plays have been translated into other languages and performed abroad. Across the United States, his plays have been staged in many venues including the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theatre, as well as on and off-Broadway. Since 2005, he has written and staged twelve scripts for the New York Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concerts series, and a thirteenth for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He will begin his fourth season at Lincoln Center in the fall of 2008. Dulack has also published three novels, co-authored a book of non-fiction, and is the author of a theatre memoir, In Love With Shakespeare (2003).

Sean Frederick Forbes is the Acting Director of the Creative Writing Program. He is the author of Providencia: a book of poems (2Leaf Press, 2013). His poems have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Midwest Quarterly, Chagrin River Review, and Sargasso: A Journal of Caribbean Literature, Language, and Culture and other journals. In 2009, he was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Mellon Mays University Fellows Travel and Research grant, for travel to Providencia, Colombia.

Ellen Litman, is the author of two novels, The Last Chicken in America: a novel in stories (W. Norton 2007), a finalist for the 2007 LA Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the 2008 New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and Mannequin Girl (forthcoming from W.W. Norton in February 2014). Her work has appeared in Best New American Voices 2007, Best of Tin House, and elsewhere. In 2006, she received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. A native of Moscow, she immigrated to the US in 1992. She holds an M.F.A. from Syracuse University.

V. Penelope Pelizzon is the author of two books of poetry, Whose Flesh Is Flame, Whose Bone Is Time (Waywiser, forthcoming 2014) and Nostos (Ohio University Press, 2000) and a poetry chapbook, Human Field (Center for Book Arts, 2012). She’s also the co-author of Tabloid, Inc: Crimes, Newspapers, Narratives (Ohio State University Press, 2010), a study of sensation journalism, photography, and film. Pelizzon’s poetry recognitions include the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship, The Norma Farber First Book Award, The Hollis Summers Prize, and a "Discovery"/The Nation Award. Meanwhile, her creative nonfiction essays have twice been cited as among the year’s “Notable Essays” in the Best American Essays series. Her scholarly articles and reviews have appeared in journals including Narrative, The Yale Journal of Criticism, Post Script, American Studies, and The British Journal of Aesthetics. As a translator, Pelizzon’s work has appeared in Poetry, The Seneca Review, and the FSG Book of Twentieth Century Italian Poetry.

Sydney Landon Plum has a Ph.D. from the University of Washington and has been an adjunct in English and Creative Writing at the University of Connecticut, Storrs for nearly fourteen years. Her book of natural history essays, Solitary Goose, was published by the University of Georgia Press in Fall 2007. She edited Coming Through the Swamp: The Nature Writings of Gene Stratton Porter. Her works of poetry and nonfiction have been published in Prairie Schooner, South Dakota Review, Organization and Environment, ISLE and elsewhere. Recently she has been writing about teaching environmental writing — putting together a handbook. She attended the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference as a Scholar in nonfiction and participates in the biennial conferences of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment. She served on the board of the Rachel Carson Writers Conference Professor Plum lives in Holyoke, Massachusetts and in Warren, Maine, where she follows the lives of loons, eels, and snapping turtles.

Pegi Deitz Shea,  two-time winner of the Connecticut Book Award for Children’s Literature, has published more than 400 articles, poems and books for all ages. Her newest book,  The Taxing Case of the Cows (Clarion, Oct. 2010) marks her sixth nonfiction book out of her fifteen titles for young readers. Shea’s Noah Webster: Weaver of Words (Boyds Mills/Calkins Creek, 2009), was also named a Junior Library Guild selection and an Orbis Pictus Honor Book by the National Council of Teachers of English. Her first Young Adult novel, Abe in Arms, was released June 1, by PM Press/Reach And Teach, a new imprint specializing in social justice books.  Abe in Arms is about a former African boy soldier suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. Child labor is the topic of The Carpet Boy’s Gift, and refugee lives are featured in The Whispering Cloth and Tangled Threads.  She has presented at more than 400 schools, libraries and conferences. Her books have won awards from the International Reading Association, NCTE, Children’s Book Council/National Council for the Social Studies, Bank Street College, New York Public Library and other organizations. A UCONN adjunct since 2007, Pegi teaches Children's Literature and/or Creative Writing at the Hartford campus, and Writing for Children in the fall at Storrs. 

Davyne Verstandig, is a lecturer in English and Creative Writing at University of Connecticut (Torrington).  She was also director of the Litchfield County Writers Project.  She is a member of the Aetna Advisory Board and the Creative Writing Committee at University of Connecticut.  Davyne has published two books of poetry, Pieces of the Whole (Flights of Angels, 1986) and Provisions (Flights of Angels, 1988).  Pieces of the Wholewas produced as a mixed media verse play at Theaterworks in New Milford and at The Sherman Playhouse.   Her work  also appears in Sex and Sexuality in a Feminist World (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009);  Songs of the Marrow Bone (Hobo Jungle Publishers, 2010);  and Where Beach Meets Ocean (Block Island Poetry Project, 2013).  She performs improvisational work “composing on the tongue” while painting simultaneously and has performed at The Knitting Factory and the Housing Works Café in New York City, The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, CT, Artspace in Hartford, CT and throughout libraries, galleries and performances spaces in New England.  She is also a Justice of the Peace.

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