Lecturer, Creative Writing
Christopher Matthews is a poet, fiction writer, and sometime scholar of nineteenth-century literature with an MFA from Warren Wilson College and a PhD from the University of Michigan. Raised in California and schooled in Michigan, he has taught at Kalamazoo College, Washington & Lee University in Virginia, and now the Residential College. His creative, scholarly, and teaching interests include lyrical and discursive poetry, storytelling and narrative theory, film, monsters, ghosts, studies in race/class/gender/sexuality, and more.
Recent courses include: Creative Writing Tutorials on fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction; the First-Year Seminar “How the Dead Speak: Hauntings and Hauntedness”; “The Writing of Poetry”; and “Reading Multicultural London, Inside & Out” (offered abroad through the Center for Global & Intercultural Study). Matthews’ creative work has appeared widely in such journals as The Massachusetts Review, Indiana Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, and The Cortland Review, and has been recognized with three Pushcart nominations and two features in Ted Kooser’s syndicated "American Life in Poetry" project. His scholarship has appeared in Nineteenth-Century Studies and Victorian Studies, among others.