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Talley V. Kayser

Talley V. Kayser

Associate Teaching Professor of English
Program Director, Adventure Literature Series
Preferred Pronouns: she/her
415 Burrowes Building
Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

Talley V. Kayser

Spring 2023 Office Hours

Office hours for SP23 are in person in 415 Burrowes. Tuesdays 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Wednesdays 2:00 pm–4:00 pm Email to make an appointment outside these times or via Zoom.


M.F.A. in Writing (Dual-Genre: Creative Nonfiction and Poetry), Vermont College of Fine Arts
M.A. Literature and the Environment, University of Nevada, Reno
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 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. You can read a selection of her work at

At Penn State, Talley directs the Adventure Literature Series, which offers undergraduate students unparalleled opportunities to explore place-centered literature through both classroom and in-field experiences. Graduate students with interests in environmental literature and related fields can assist with Adventure Literature courses and field experiences, which rotate through a selection of the following classes:

  • Cape Cod Literature
  • Chesapeake Bay Literature
  • Beach Literature
  • Food Literature
  • Wilderness Literature
  • Rock Climbing Literature
  • Fly Fishing Literature

More information about Adventure Literature is available at, as well as on Facebook ( and through Instagram (@psuadventurelit).