Faculty

Regina Barreca, Professor, Storrs campus

Founding Editor and Co-Editor of LIT: LITERATURE INTERPRETATION THEORY (Routledge).

Specialities: 20th-century British literature, women’s writing and feminist literary theory, the novel, creative writing.

 

Julie Choffel is 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, Instructor in Residence, Storrs campus

Specialities: Contemporary and modern poetry.

Current Project: No Soap, Radio! (forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press, 2015).

 

Darcie Dennigan, Assistant Professor in Residence, Poet, Storrs campus

Specialties: Poetry, creative writing.

 

Tom Dulack, Professor, Waterbury campus

His 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, Assistant Professor, Associate Director of Creative Writing, Storrs campus, 

Is the author of two novels, The Last Chicken in America: A Novel in Stories (W. 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 U.S. in 1992. She holds an M.F.A. from Syracuse University.

 

V. Penelope Pelizzon, Associate Professor, Storrs campus

Specialties: Poetry and poetics, creative nonfiction, 20th-century American and Anglo-Irish literature, film studies, 19th- and 20th-century visual culture.

Current Research: New poems and essays.

 

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, Lecturer, Torrington campus

Specialties: Poetry, creative writing.