Writers Institute

Catherine Zobal Dent, Ph.D.

Catherine Dent’s first book, Unfinished Stories for Girls, will be published by Fomite Press in 2014. Her short fiction has appeared in literary journals such as the Harvard Review, North American Review and PANK; and she won the Charles Johnson Award for Student Fiction while finishing her Ph.D. at Binghamton University in 2006. Many of her stories are set on the eastern shore of Maryland, where Dent grew up on the Tuckahoe River, surrounded by miles of corn and soybean fields. Since then, she has lived in North Carolina, California, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania, with stints in England and Italy.  Current writing projects include Jubilee, a novel, and Polyester, a creative nonfiction book about through-hiking the Appalachian Trail. A speaker of French and Italian, Dent is also collaborating on a translation of works by the French short story writer Cyrille Fleischman.  

Dent teaches introductory, intermediate and advanced workshops in fiction writing, as well as literature and composition courses. She also oversees independent writing projects, sophomore essays, practica and internships for creative writing majors, and teaches Small Press Editing and Publishing, a course that counts toward the publishing and editing minor.  

Deeply committed to student publishing ever since she was a member of the editorial staff of The Archive at Duke University, Dent has worked to create a national board of directors for the Forum of Undergraduate Student Editors (FUSE), for which she currently serves as faculty president. She is also the adviser of the FUSE chapter at Susquehanna. She stays active in editing as fiction and poetry editor of Modern Language Studies and as a member of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.

Visit her website here.




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