English & Creative Writing

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Silas Dent Zobal
Assistant Professor of English
Phone: 570-372-4538
Email: zobal@susqu.edu
Office Location: The Writers Institute - 610 University Ave

Academic Credentials:
PHD, SUNY Binghamton
MFA, Univ of Washington
BA, DePaul University

Born in Bellingham, Wash., Zobal grew up crabbing and fishing for salmon in the bay. Educated in Chicago, he was hit by four different cars when working as a bicycle messenger. Now a decade-long inhabitant of the East Coast, he’s spent the last ten or so years making up for, in the words of a friend, his "misspent youth." From his observation of his own slow migration eastward, Zobal suspects that the writer Mark Winegardner was right when he said that the "Midwestern School of writing is the main stage. Everything else is pretty peripheral. Midwesterners are so full of self-loathing that they can’t bring themselves to say so. Think about it. We’ve had nine American Nobel laureates—five of the nine from the Midwest. No other region has produced more than one. Midwesterner Ernest Hemingway once said, ‘All of American fiction comes from a book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn’—by a Midwesterner."

Zobal has published stories in journals and magazines such as the Missouri Review, Glimmer Train, Wisconsin Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, New Orleans Review, North American Review, Green Mountains, and Shenandoah. He has been featured in a meet-the-author segment in the Missouri Review; been awarded the inaugural Discovered Voices Award from the Iron Horse Literary Review; been granted a fiction fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts; attended the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference as a scholar; and won first place in the Glimmer Train Fiction Open.


  • ENGL-205 Living Writers
  • ENGL-540 Internship
  • HONS-200 Thought and Civilization
  • WRIT-250 Introduction to Fiction
  • WRIT-270 Small Press Publishing and Editing
  • WRIT-350 Intermediate Fiction
  • WRIT-500 Independent Study
  • WRIT-520 Practicum
  • WRIT-540 Internship
  • WRIT-550 Senior Writing Portfolio
  • WRIT-590 Independent Writing Project

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