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Talley V. Kayser

Talley V. Kayser

Lecturer in English

Program Director, Adventure Literature Series

415 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes

Office Hours:

  • Spring 2021: 2-4 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday via Zoom (or by appointment)


  1. M.A. Literature and the Environment, University of Nevada, Reno
  2. B.A. English, Furman University

Professional Bio

Talley V. Kayser has been teaching at the intersection of literary studies and adventure education since 2007. She holds an M.A. in Literature and the Environment from the University of Nevada, Reno. She writes poetry and nonfiction that highlights the entangled relationships between humans, other species, and the places we share, often through attention to natural history, science, and wilderness experience. Talley's publications include features in Hawk & Handsaw, The Hopper, and Weber: The Contemporary West; her honors include several awards from the Poetry Society of South Carolina, as well as Pushcart Prize nomination. You can read a selection of her work at

At Penn State, Talley directs the Adventure Literature Series, which offers students unparalleled opportunities to explore place-centered literature through both classroom and in-field experiences. More information about Adventure Literature is available at, as well as on Facebook ( and through Instagram (@psuadventurelit).

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