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Marjorie Maddox Hafer

Marjorie Maddox Hafer

403 Raub Hall
(570) 484-2044

Courses Most Commonly Taught

  • Poetry Writing
  • Fiction Writing
  • Honors Composition and Literature
  • Dimensions of Literature
  • Advanced Topics in Creative Writing
  • Our Own: Pennsylvania Authors
  • Modern Poetry
  • Four Poets: Moore, Bishop, Plath, Sexton
  • Composition
  • Indep. Studies and MLA Theses and in Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, and Novel Writing
  • Literary Scholarship
  • Ethnic American Literature

Areas of Expertise

  • Modern and Contemporary Literature
  • Creative Writing (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, children’s literature)
  • Pedagogy
  • Pennsylvania Literature
  • Sports Literature (particularly baseball)
  • Children’s Literature
  • Book reviews
  • Scholarly essays

Education

  • Cornell University, MFA (Sage Graduate Fellowship)
  • University of Louisville, MA in English
  • Wheaton College, BA in Literature

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Courses Developed

  • Advanced Topics in Creative Writing
  • Our Own: Pennsylvania Authors
  • Modern Poetry
  • Four Poets: Moore, Bishop, Plath, Sexton 

Programs Developed

  • Pennsylvania Authors Reading Series
  • UpWrite Reading Series, which emphasizes diversity from a number of different angles
  • WriteNow: Community Conversations with Contemporary Authors

Research Areas

  • Modern and Contemporary Literature
  • Creative Writing (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, children’s literature)
  • Pedagogy
  • Pennsylvania Literature
  • Sports Literature
  • Children’s Literature

Books Published

  • Eleven collections of poetry, a short story collection, and four children’s books, and co-editor of an anthology
  • What She Was Saying (Fomite Press 2017, short stories)
  • Wives' Tales (Seven Kitchens' Press Editors' Series 2017)
  • A Man Named Branch: The True Story of Baseball's Great Experiment (Zing! Schoolwide 2017, middle-grade biography)
  • Inside Out: Poems on Writing Poems with Insider Exercises (Zing! Schoolwide 20017, middle-grade mentor book)
  • True, False, None of the Above (Poiema Poetry Series 2016, Cascade Books; Illumination Book Award Medalist in Education)
  • Co-editor, with Jerry Wemple, of Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania (Penn State Press 2005)
  • Local News from Someplace Else (Wipf & Stock 2013)
  • Weeknights At The Cathedral (an Editions Selection 2006)
  • Transplant, Transport, Transubstantiation (2004 Yellowglen Prize)
  • Perpendicular As I (1994 Sandstone Book Award)
  • When The Wood Clacks Out Your Name: Baseball Poems (2001 Redgreene Press Chapbook Winner)
  • Body Parts (Anamnesis Press 1999)
  • Ecclesia (Franciscan University Press 1997)
  • How to Fit God into a Poem (Painted Bride Contest Winner)
  • Nightrider to Edinburgh (Amelia Contest Winner 1986)
  • Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania (Penn State Press 2005), co-editor with poet Jerry Wemple
  • A Crossing of Zebras: Animal Packs in Poetry (WordSong 2008)
  • Rules of the Game: Baseball Poems (WordSong 2009). 

Articles Published

Over 500 poems, stories, and creative and scholarly essays published in national literary journals, magazines, anthologies, and newspapers.

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