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EIU Department of English


Charlotte Pence, Assistant Professor

Office: 3745 - Coleman Hall

Spring 2017 Office Hours: Wednesday 2-4 and Fridays 12-1 and 2-3.

Charlotte Pence’s interdisciplinary approach to research and creative work discovers the connections between seemingly dissimilar subject matter. Her textbook The Writer’s Path applies creative writing strategies to the composition classroom.   The Poetics of American Song Lyrics (University Press of Mississippi, 2012) is an anthology exploring the intersections between poetry and song lyrics. Her award-winning poetry also features an interdisciplinary focus; in her chapbook Weaves a Clear Night (Flying Trout Press, 2011), Pence recontextualizes Greek myth into a contemporary romance; in The Branches, the Axe, the Missing (Black Lawrence Press, 2012). Her first full-length poetry collection, Many Small Fires, was released in 2015 Black Lawrence Press.

Pence's poems and non-fiction essays have been widely published by Kenyon Review Online, North American Review, Rattle, Ninth Letter, Tar River Poetry Review, Southern Poetry Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Denver Quarterly, and The Southern Poetry Anthology. 


B.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.F.A., Emerson College, Boston
Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Creative Writing (poetry and nonfiction), Contemporary Poetics and Form, Creative Writing Pedagogy, Rhetoric and Composition, Song Poetics

Selected Publications

Many Small Fires. Black Lawrence Press, division of Dzanc Books, 2015, winner of Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award.

The Branches, the Axe, the Missing.
Black Lawrence Press, division of Dzanc Books, May 2012.    

The Poetics of American Song Lyrics, editor. University Press of Mississippi, January 2012.
Weaves a Clear Night. Flying Trout Press, September 2011.
The Writer’s Path: Creative Exercises for Meaningful Essays. Kendall Hunt, August 2004.
Selected Poems Online
Black Lawrence Press
Kenyon Review Online
The Offending Adam

Interviews Online
Town Creek Poetry Review
Salt Publishing

Creative Non-Fiction Online
Toward what? Away from What?

The Horse without a Rider

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Department of English

600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-2428
Fax: (217) 581-7209

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