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Julia Spicher Kasdorf

Julia Spicher Kasdorf

Liberal Arts Professor of English

418 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-0025

Office Hours:

  • Spring 2021: on sabbatical.

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. Ph.D. New York University, 1997
  2. B.A. New York University, 1985

Professional Bio

Julia Spicher Kasdorf has published four books of poetry: Sleeping Preacher, Eve’s Striptease, Poetry in America, and Shale Play: Poems and Photographs from the Fracking Fields, a collaborative documentary project with Steven Rubin. She is currently at work on a documentary project about farmers working within 30 miles of her home in Bellefonte, PA. Her awards include the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize and the Great Lakes College’s Association Award for New Writing, a Pushcart Prize, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry.

She thinks about the relationships people have with the communities and places they come from, and also those places they choose to inhabit, and her writing is often concerned with social and environmental justice. Past projects along these lines include a collection of essays, The Body and the Book: Writing from a Mennonite Life and the biographical study, Fixing Tradition: Joseph W. Yoder, Amish American. With Joshua R. Brown, she edited new editions of Yoder’s regional classic, Rosanna of the Amish, and Fred Lewis Pattee’s local color romance, The House of the Black Ring. With Michael Tyrell, she co-edited the anthology, Broken Land: Poems of Brooklyn. She recently worked with Christopher Reed to curate two museum exhibitions and the catalogue, Field Language: Paintings and Poetry by Warren and Jane Rohrer.

Areas of Specialization

Creative Writing

Poetry and Creative Nonfiction

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