van de Graaf, Kara
Assistant Professor - English
Classroom Building 407P
Last Updated: 10/24/18 -


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2015

M.F.A., University of Pittsburgh, 2007

B.A., Purdue University, 2003


Dr. van de Graaf is the author of Spitting Image (Southern Illinois University Press, 2018), winner of the Crab Orchard First Book Prize in Poetry. Her individual poems appear widely in national literary journals, including The Southern Review, AGNI, New England Review, Crazyhorse, Alaska Quarterly Review, and the anthology Best New Poets.  Other honors include the Hoepfner Award from Southern Humanities Review, an Academy of American Poets Prize, a fellowship from Vermont Studio Center, and scholarships from the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, The New York State Summer Writers Institute, and Sewanee Writers' Conference.

A former poetry editor for Cream City Review, she is currently an editor for Lightbox Poetry, an online educational resource for poetry in the classroom, which she co-founded in 2015.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Writing (ENGL 1010)
  • Creative Process and Imaginative Writing (ENGL 2250)
  • Intermediate Poetry Writing (ENGL 3440)
  • Intermediate Creative Nonfiction Writing (ENGL 3450)
  • Advanced Poetry Writing I (ENGL 4440)
  • Advanced Poetry Writing II (ENGL 4445)