Writers Institute

Catherine Zobal Dent, Ph.D.

Catherine Dent’s Unfinished Stories for Girls, a collection of 16 stories, came out with Fomite Press in May 2014, and her work has appeared in the Harvard Review, North American Review, PANK and elsewhere. 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 resided in North Carolina, California, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania, with stints in England and Italy. Current writing projects include Jubilee, a novel, and Falling, 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 courses in literature and publishing and editing. She oversees independent writing projects, sophomore essays, practica and internships for creative writing majors. Deeply committed to student editing and publishing ever since she was an undergraduate staff member 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, and she is the adviser of the FUSE chapter at Susquehanna. She is the creative writing editor of MLS, and an active member of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. She is also Director of Susquehanna University’s Common Reading Program.

Visit her website here.




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