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Jess Rafalko

Graduate Teaching Assistant

004-D Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

Office Hours:

  • Spring 2021 (via Zoom)
  • Tuesday, 12:30-2PM
  • Wednesday, 11:30AM-1PM
  • and by appointment

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. MFA, Creative Writing (Fiction), The Ohio State University (2018)
  2. BA, English, King's College (2014)

Professional Bio

I am a first-year MA student in English. My research is focused on 20th- and 21st-century American literature and pop culture, which I primarily examine through the lenses of narratology and aesthetics, exploring how artists' micro- and macro-level craft decisions relate to larger questions of gender and sexuality, trauma, and disability. In short, I am interested in both the line-by-line and structural mechanisms by which artists achieve their effects, and in the sociopolitical implications of those effects.

I also write fiction and creative nonfiction. My creative work has appeared most recently in One Story and The Apple Valley Review.