Current Faculty Publications


Matthew Harkins

Matthew Harkins is Associate Professor of English at the College of St. Benedict / St. John's University, where he teaches courses on early modern English literature, Shakespeare, and Milton. His scholarly work addresses ideas of youth and age in early modern English literature, with articles focusing on Shakespeare's plays and the poetry of Andrew Marvell.

Current Publications:

~The Politics of Old Age in Shakespeare's King Lear

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Yvette Piggush

With a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, Yvette passionately teaches a wide variety of classes often revolving around American literature, historical fiction, or material and visual culture. 

Current Publications:

~American Enchantment, Book Review

In her review of Michelle Sizemore’s new book, American Enchantment, Yvette examines how this book contributes to debates over who “the people” are in American politics and culture and whether American voters are “deluded.”

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~“A Very Dangerous Talent”: Wit for Women in Hannah Webster Foster’s The Boarding School

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Are women less funny than men?  Eighteenth-century American women’s conduct literature reveals how women are taught to use humor in social situations.  It also helps us to better understand current debates over whether humor production is related to sex and gender.

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Jessica Harkins

A native of rural Oregon, Jessica Harkins lived for some years in Italy through a Fellowship at the University of Pavia, where she began her study and translation of the female Italian poet, Gaspara Stampa. She subsequently earned an MFA in creative writing and a PhD in English literature at Washington University in St. Louis. Her awards have included Fellowships to attend writers’ conferences in Prague, Squaw Valley, and Napa Valley, as well as a Kidd Tutorial Prize awarded by Dave Smith, and a second-place prize awarded by the Academy of American Poets. Jessica’s poems, translations, and articles of literary criticism have appeared in journals in the US, UK, Sweden, and Italy. She currently teaches medieval literature and creative writing at CSB/SJU.

Current Publications:

~The Paled Guest       

"Vivid, resonant, and cosmopolitan, the poems of The Paled Guest signal a remarkable debut. They capture how the outside feeds the inside, and how stories come to live within us, as they explore the multiplicity of experience and the proliferation of identity."  —James Cihlar, author of The Shadowgraph

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Elizabeth Johnson-Miller

Betsy has an MFA from Bennington College. She has published two books of poetry, and her writing has appeared in AGNI (online), Boulevard, Crab Orchard Review, The Rumpus, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Prairie Schooner.

Current Publications:

~Out of Place

Cumberland River Review

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~Social Realism


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DMQ Review

Alice Brasser © 2019

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Juxtaprose Magazine

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Wave Slowly as if God Is Leaving


Right Now It's like This

Fathom Magazine 

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Christopher Bolin 

Christopher Bolin teaches writing at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University. He is the author of Ascension Theory (Iowa, 2013). Christopher lives in St. Joseph, Minnesota. 

Current Publications:

~Form from Form 

“Where is the stability in a world that is a victim of itself? Thomas Merton came to mind as I was reading this book, his being a person whose cold eye can be cast on everything in sight while his heart is all fire and depth. I think these marvelous poems wrestle with contradiction and so bring us to the possibility of change.” —Fanny Howe, author, The Needle’s Eye

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