Kelly Tate


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Interests: creative writing (poetry, fiction, and nonfiction), contemporary American literature, composition

Ms. Tate earned a Bachelor of Arts in English language and literature and French and francophone studies from the University of Michigan and a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from the University of Arkansas.

Currently, she teaches a variety of courses, including English 1120: Exposition and Argumentation and English 1222: American Literature II, as well as English 2172: Creative Nonfiction Writing and English 1170: Creative Writing for the English and Technical Communication Department's creative writing minor, which she helped design and implement. She also designed the department's first online version of English 1120, which is now offered regularly.

She agrees with writer Naomi Shibab Nye who says, “Teaching and writing are separate, but serve/feed one another in so many ways. Writing travels the road inward, teaching, the road out—helping others move inward. It is an honor to be with others in the spirit of writing and encouragement.”