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    Associate Professor of English
    Office: KEI308A
    Office Hours: M 2:30-3:30 PM, T 10:30 AM-1:15 PM and W 2:30-3:30 PM

    Professional Biography

    Katie Ford is the author of Deposition and Colosseum, both published by Graywolf Press, and of Storm, a chapbook published by Marick Press. Her poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Poets & Writers, and The New Yorker, among other journals and magazines. She served as Poetry Editor of the New Orleans Review from 2005-2009 and remains a Contributing Editor. She teaches creative writing and literature courses in contemporary poetry at F&M. 


    Whitman College, B.A., English, with honors in major study. 

    Harvard University, Master of Divinity

    Iowa Writers' Workshop, Master of Fine Arts, Poetry

    Grants & Awards

    Larry Levis Reading Prize, 2008, from Virginia Commonwealth University. 

    Lannan Literary Award, 2008

    Colosseum named one of the "Best Books of 2008" by Publishers Weekly.

    Colosseum named one of the "Top 10 Poetry Books of 2008" by Virginia Quarterly Review. 

    Pen American Center, Grant, 2005. 

    Research/Travel Grant, Loyola University New Orleans, 2004. 

    Academy of American Poets Prize, 2002. 

    Prairie Lights Poetry Prize, 2002. 

    Hopkins Share Award, Harvard University, 2000.

    Phi Beta Kappa, Whitman College.

    Honors in English, Whitman College. 


    Colosseum (Graywolf, 2008)

    Deposition (Graywolf, 2002)

    Storm, a chapbook (Marick Press, 2008). 

    Individual poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Poets & Writers, Pleiades, Colorado Review, Partisan Review, Denver Quarterly, Field, Quarterly West, Northwest Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Seneca Review, and online at Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and the Academy of American Poets. 

    Essays on poets and poetics have appeared in Field, West Branch,  and online with the Academy of American Poets, as well as in several anthologies, including "Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections" (University of Iowa Press),  "Dustan Thompson: On the the Life and Work of a Lost American Master" (Pleiades Press), and are forthcoming in "Saying What Happened: American Poetry After the Millenium" (McFarland Publishing). 


    "The Craft of Emotion" [The Iowa Summer Writing Festival, 2008; Bennington Writing Seminars, 2009]

    "The American Poetry Review's Philly Edition": panel at the AWP, 2009, discussing how to bring poetry & poets into the public high school setting. 

    Poetry readings (past & forthcoming) at such locations as Prairie Lights Bookstore, the Arts Alliance of Philadelphia, Bennington College, Bucknell University, Cecil College, Whitman College, Lewis & Clark College, Gettysburg College, Reed College, Seattle University, the AWP, and many other locations. 

    Student Collaborations

    Honors Theses in Poetry. 

    Independent Studies in Advanced Poetry. 

    Internship Advising for the Lancaster Literary Guild. 

    To request and independent study, students must contact Prof. Ford the semester prior to their proposed term of study. 

    Course Information

    ENG 225 Introduction to Creative Writing (spring 2012) 

    ENG 382 Writing Poetry (spring 2012)

    ENG 275 Contemporary Poetry 

    ENG 480 Advanced Writing Workshop

    ENG 173 The Inside of Poetry 

    ENG 275: Contemporary Poetry: In Love & At War (spring 2012)