Department of English at Illinois State University

English Department Faculty and Staff


Ricardo Cortez Cruz

Professor, Creative Writng, Associate Chair

Office Address: STV 406
Office Phone: (309) 438-7296
Office Hours: TR 4-5
Email: Contact Ricardo Cortez Cruz (rccruz)
Website: Visit Ricardo Cortez Cruz’s Website
Teaching Schedule:
Course NumberSectionCourse NameTimeRoom NumberCourse Links
ENG300.04Senior Seminar T R 17:00 - 18:15STV 0223
ENG500.02Independent Study   
ENG591.01Practicum (Internship) in College Teaching   
Teaching Interests:
Creative Writing, African-American Literature, Cultural Studies.
Research Interests:
(Re)Defining the Black Aesthetic, Relationship of Music and Fiction, (S)Language, Avant-Pop (Popular Culture in Fiction).
Selected Publications:

"Women of Marvel/Slippin' Into Darkness." Inaugural issue of Packingtown Review (University of Illinois at Chicago). With critical introduction to piece by award-winning author Curt White (solicited by editors on acceptance). Volume 1 (2009): 84-88.

"Peace to My Nine." Step into a World: A Global Anthology of the New Black Literature. Ed: Kevin Powell. NY: John Wiley & Sons, 2000,  207-11.

"My Flesh and Blood: Black Marks and Stigmata." Not Guilty:12 Black Men Speak Out on Law, Justice, and Life. Ed. Jabari Asim. NY: Amistad HarperCollins, 2001, 93-108.

"Welcome to the Land of Freedom." In the Middle of the Middle West. Ed. Becky Bradway-Hesse. Bloomington IN: Indiana UP, 2003, 267-78.


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