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William J. Cobb

William J. Cobb

Professor of English

218 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 933-7673

Office Hours:

  • Fall 2020, via Zoom: TR 3-4:30 and by appointment.


  1. PhD in Literature and Creative Writing. The University of Houston. 1988-93.
  2. Master of Arts in English. The University of Texas at Austin. 1982-84.
  3. Bachelor of Arts in English. Texas State University at San Marcos. 1975-80.

Professional Bio

William J. Cobb is a novelist, essayist, and short fiction writer whose work has been published in The New Yorker, The Mississippi Review, The Antioch Review, and many others. He's the author of five books of fiction: three novels—The Fire Eaters (1994), Goodnight, Texas (2006), and The Bird Saviors (2012)—and two books of stories, The White Tattoo (2002) and The Lousy Adult (2013). He has reviewed books for the Dallas Morning News, the Houston Chronicle, and the New York Times, and lives in Pennsylvania and Colorado.

Areas of Specialization

American Literature After 1900
Contemporary Literature
Creative Writing

Fiction and Creative Nonfiction