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Steven Schreiner

steve schreinerSteven Schreiner is the author of Imposing Presence (chapbook) Too Soon to Leave (poems) and Belly. He has been a fellow at the Virginia Colony for Creative Arts, and at Tall Rock. He earned the MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the PhD in English from Wayne State University. He is the founding editor of Natural Bridge, a Journal of Contemporary Literature.

Book Publications: Too Soon To Leave (Ridgeway Press, 1997); Belly (Cervena Barva Press 2015)
too soon to leave  belly

Journal Publications: Poetry; Prairie Schooner; Colorado Review; Denver Quarterly; Missouri Review; Poet and Critic; Malahat Review; Cincinnati Review; Gulf Coast; Cardinal Points; River Styx; Crab Orchard Review; Margie; Tar River Poetry; Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion; Sou'wester; The 2River View; and other journals and anthologies

Non-Fiction Publications: College Composition and Communication; Smithsonian; The St. Louis Post-Dispatch  

Steve Schreiner Online

Listen to a reading at: The 2River View
Read poems online at: Stosvet: Cardinal Points

Courses Steve Schreiner Teaches

Graduate Courses:
English 5100: Graduate Workshop in Poetry
English 5180: Form and Theory of Poetry
English 5190: Literary Journal Editing (Natural Bridge)
English 5950: Special Topics: New Trends in Contemporary Poetry
English 5950: Special Topics: Williams and Eliot 
English 5950: Special Topics: Ginsberg and Friends 
English 5200: MFA Readings
English 6000: MFA Thesis

Undergraduate Courses
English 3030: Poetry Writing
English 4130: Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop
English 4770: Modern Poetry
English 4740: Poetry Since World War II
Special Topics: Plath and the Doomed Poet 

Steve Schreiner on Teaching MFA Workshops

"I can't say I enjoyed taking workshop when I was a graduate student, but I did like the energy created by observing who liked what and why, and so I still pay close attention to what we choose to write and what we choose to say in workshop. I like to learn what students are reading and what they are telling themselves about the poetry they read and write. I like to find out what our biases are and whether we've read enough to understand our own writing, about which we have both gratitude and misgivings. For me poetry has been a long search for what I like and for the permission to write the way I do. I also seek for changes in my own work, and as a result I use exercises in class and as assignments to help poets react and grow. A workshop for me has to be fun, or I would rather teach something else."

Some Favorite Books

  • Traveling Through the Dark, William Stafford
  • Darker, Mark Strand
  • Of Being Numerous, George Oppen
  • Poemas Humanos, Cesar Vallejo
  • Not This Pig, Philip Levine
  • Florida East Coast Champion, Rod Taylor
  • The Book of Nightmares, Galway Kinnell
  • Crow, Ted Hughes
  • All My Pretty Ones, Anne Sexton
  • O Taste and See, Denise Levertov
  • Audubon, Robert Penn Warren
  • Praise, Robert Hass
  • Night Light, Donald Justice
  • The Lost Son, Theodore Roethke
  • In Sepia, Jon Anderson
  • For Love, Robert Creeley
  • Gathering the Tribes, Carolyn Forché
  • Amen, Yehuda Amichai
  • This is My Beloved, Walter Benton
  • Bells in Winter, Czelaw Milosz
  • Winter News, John Haines
  • Rip Rap, Gary Snyder
  • Made Flesh, Craig Arnold