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John Rubins

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Contact Information

59 English Building
208 English Bldg.; M/C 718
Urbana, IL 61801
Senior Lecturer


John Rubins grew up in New York.  His writing has appeared in The Southeast Review, Seattle Weekly, New Genre, Failbetter, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Elimae, The American Journal of Print, Seven Days, Surgery of Modern Warfare, and elsewhere.  He’s worked on the editorial staffs of The New Renaissance, The New England Review, and Ploughshares in addition to having founded the early web journal, Tatlin’s Tower


  • BA Washington University, magna cum laude
  • MFA Emerson College

Awards and Honors

  • Teaching Award, Dept. English
  • Teaching Award, LAS, UIUC
  • Campus Teaching Award, UIUC
  • Scholar, Sewanee Writers’ Conference
  • Brush Creek Artists’ Residency

Courses Taught

  • CW 100 Introduction to Creative Writing
  • CW 104 Introduction to Narrative Writing
  • CW 202 World Building for Writers
  • CW 204 Intermediate Narrative Writing
  • CW 404 Advanced Narrative Writing