Department of English at Illinois State University

English Department Faculty and Staff


Gabriel Gudding

Associate Professor

Office Address: STV 344
Office Phone: (309) 438-5284
Office Hours: W 3-5
Email: Contact Gabriel Gudding (gmguddi)
Website: Visit Gabriel Gudding’s Website
Teaching Schedule:
Course NumberSectionCourse NameTimeRoom NumberCourse Links
ENG284.01Poetry T R 11:00 - 12:15STV 0229
ENG347.11Advanced Creative Writing,Poetry T R 15:35 - 16:50STV 0410
ENG357.01Theories of Creative Writing Genesis T R 12:35 - 13:50STV 0352
Teaching Interests:

My pedagogical interests range from contemporary moral philosophy (as it applies specifically to creative writing and more broadly to English Studies), experimental and hybrid creative writing (poetry, nonfiction, and essay), the theories and sociology of literary production, and the pedagogy of creative writing. I have a keen interest in teaching in prisons and have started creative writing programs in three prisons since 2000, in New York, Mississippi, and most recently in Illinois.

Research Interests:
Moral Philosophy as it Relates to Literary Production
Animals, Animality, Veganism
Hybrid Texts, Hybrid Writing
Sociology of Literary Production & Cultural Formation of Literary Taste
Transgeneric Writing, Dysraphic Poetry Writing
Essay Writing, Innovative Poetry, Novelized Writing
Conceptions of Masculinity in the Avant Garde
Gender Dynamics in Self-Defined Avant Garde Poetry Movements
Creative Writing Pedagogy
Prison Literature (Boethius to Gramsci to Etheridge Knight to Angela Davis)
Afro-Caribbean Poetries
Metta Bhavana as it Relates to Writing Production and Teaching
Translation as Creative Writing
Contemporary Poetry by American Women
Artes Vivendi and Non-Discursive Knowledge
Theories and Practices of Literary Composition
Eurocentricism & Phallocentrism in Experimental Poetics
Intellectual History of American Poetics
Kayaking as it Relates to Writing 
Theories of Comedy, Invective in Literature
Horological History, Sociology of Time
Semiotics of Timepieces, Social Epistemology of Calendars and Clocks
M.F.A. Poetry, Cornell University
M.A. American Studies, Purdue University
B.A. Interdisciplinary Social Science, Sociology, The Evergreen State College
Selected Publications:

I am the author of Rivers for Animals (Ahsahta Press, 2015), Rhode Island Notebook (Dalkey Archive Press, 2007), a 436 page hybrid mixture of poetry, nonfiction, and essay, and A Defense of Poetry (Pitt Poetry Series, 2002 -- Winner of Starrett First Book Award by the University of Pittsburgh Press), along with several recent chapbooks, the most recent being Literature for Nonhumans (New Orleans Review series, 2014)


My essays, articles, poems, and hybrid works appear in such periodicals as Harper’s Magazine, The Nation, and Journal of the History of Ideas, in such anthologies as Great American Prose Poems, Best American Poetry, and &Now: Best Innovative Writing. My translations from Spanish appear in anthologies such as The Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry, Poems for the Millennium, and The Whole Island: Six Decades of Cuban Poetry. My work has been translated into French, Spanish, Danish, and Vietnamese.


My recent book, Rivers for Animals, is a hybrid of essay, poetry, historiographic prose poetry, and nonfiction that comments on the unprecedented anthropogenic environmental devastation in Illinois and similar landscapes, specifically in that these areas have been altered by the ways people conceive of, and relate to, rivers and animals.




















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