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Susan Varnot

Continuing Lecturer 


M.F.A. Creative Writing: Poetry, Arizona State University

B.A. English, Skidmore College


Teaching and Research Interests
Since joining UC Merced in 2007, she has been active in the Writing Studies Minor, including founding the UC Merced Creative Writing Collaboratorium, a multi-campus conference, and curating the Write! Look! Listen! reading and workshop series. She has also been active in general education, assessment and review processes, the UC Merced Undergraduate Research Journal, student clubs and events, as well as other campus initiatives and projects. These areas of engagement and inquiry stem from her teaching and research interests in collaborative, integrative, and empowering pedagogy and praxis, creative writing, interdisciplinarity, poetry, and creativity studies.


Selected Publications, Presentations, and Professional Activities

Her poems have appeared in numerous publications, including journals such as Arts and Letters, Spoon River Poetry Review, Cimarron Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, and in the anthology, A Face to Meet the Faces: Contemporary Persona Poetry.


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