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Katherine Gaffney

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Contact Information

English Building
608 S Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801

Office Hours

Fall 2023, M 3:30-4:30pm, T 9-10am


Katherine Gaffney completed her MFA at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work has previously appeared in jubilat, Harpur Palate, Mississippi Review, Meridian, and elsewhere. She has attended the Tin House Summer Writing Workshop, the SAFTA Residency, and the Sewanee Writers Conference as a scholar. Her first chapbook, Once Read as Ruin, was published at Finishing Line Press. Her first full-length collection, Fool in a Blue House, won the 2022 Tampa Review Prize for Poetry. Her passion is teaching first year writing, professional/technical writing, and creative writing.

Research Interests

Creative Writing, Poetry, Nonfiction, Disability Studies, Romanticism

Courses Taught

University of Illinois

RHET 101 Principles of Writing

RHET 105 Writing & Research

CW106 Introductory Poetry Writing

CW203 Advanced Topics in Creative Writing

University of Southern Mississippi

ENG101 Composition 1

EMG102 Composition 2

ENG333 Technical Writing

Independent Classes & Workshops

Resume & Cover Letter Workshop

Business Communications Workshop

Compression in Nonfiction

Get Lit! Literary Festival Docupoetics Workshop

Belle Pointe Press's Workshop Series, "Memorization, Grief, & Intergenerational Trauma"