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William J. Cobb

William J. Cobb

Professor of English, Director of Creative Writing
218 Burrowes Building
(814) 933-7673

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

Bill Cobb

Fall 2021 Office Hours

Fall 2021: MWF 10-11 via Zoom and by appt


PhD in Literature and Creative Writing. The University of Houston. 1988-93.
Master of Arts in English. The University of Texas at Austin. 1982-84.
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

Creative Writing

Fiction and Creative Nonfiction