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About Charlotte Pence

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) and her forthcoming full-length collection Spike (Black Lawrence Press, 2014), she recasts the grand story of human evolution in order to tell the deeply personal story of a single woman and her father. Pence's poems and non-fiction essays have been widely published by Epoch, Harvard Review, Kenyon Review Online, North American Review, Rattle, Ninth Letter, Tar River Poetry Review, Southern Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Denver Quarterly, and The Southern Poetry Anthology.


Present Assistant Professor, Eastern Illinois University ‐ English

Research Interests

English and Creative Writing, Composition, Poetry

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Articles (1)

Books (4)

Poems (5)

Creative Non-Fiction (2)

Dissertation (1)