Department of English at Illinois State University

English Department Faculty and Staff

Kirstin Hotelling Zona

Associate Professor

Office Address: STV 205
Office Phone: (309) 438-7986
Office Hours: T 2-3
Email: Contact Kirstin Hotelling Zona (krhotel)
Website: Visit Kirstin Hotelling Zona’s Website
Teaching Schedule:
Course NumberSectionCourse NameTimeRoom NumberCourse Links
ENG227.04Introduction to Creative Writing T R 11:00 - 12:15STV 0410
ENG227.05Introduction to Creative Writing T R 12:35 - 13:50STV 0410
Teaching Interests:
Modern Poetry and Poetics
Ecocritical Theory and Environmental Criticism
Creative Writing
20th Century American and British Literature
Modernist Studies
Feminist Theory & Gender Studies
Education for Sustainability

Research Interests:
Modern Poetry and Poetics
Ecocritical Theory and Environmental Criticism
Feminist Poetics
New Materialisms
Play & the Uncanny
Contemplating Theory/Theorizing Contemplation 
PhD in English Literature, University of Rochester
MA in English, University of Rochester
Certificate in Women's & Gender Studies, University of Rochester
BA in English with Honors, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Selected Publications:


Drift: A Poem. Finishing Line Press, 2011

Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop, and May Swenson: The Feminist Poetics of Self-Restraint . University of Michigan Press, 2002

Five Poems and Three Letters to Elizabeth Bishop by May Swenson. Utah State University Press, 2000

Selected Essays & Books Chapters

“Bishop: Race, Class, and Gender.” The Cambridge Companion to Elizabeth Bishop, Eds. Angus Cleghorn and Jonathan Ellis. Cambridge University Press (forthcoming 2013)


“’An Attitude of Noticing’: Mary Oliver’s Ecological Ethic.” ISLE (Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment). Oxford University  Press, Vol. 18:1 (Winter 2011): 123-142 

 “May Swenson and Elizabeth Bishop.” My Body My House: May Swenson’s Life  and Work, Eds. Paul Crumbley and Patricia Gnatt. Utah State University Press,  (December 2006): 55-80. 

 "Jorie Graham and American Poetry." Contemporary Literature 46 (winter 2005): 667-87.

Selected Poems 

“Fog,” Columbia: A Journal of Arts and Literature, Vol. 50 (2012): 110

“Return,” Columbia: A Journal of Arts and Literature, Vol 50 (2012): 109. 

“Cherries,” Georgetown Review, Vol. 12:1 (Spring 2011): 107-110. First Runner Up, 2010 Georgetown Review Prize.

“The Gut,” Mississippi Review, Vol. 38:3 (2011): 135-136. Print. Finalist, 2011 Mississippi Review Prize.

“Paper Plane,” Cincinnati Review, 7.2 (Winter 2011): 5-6

“Threshold,” Cincinnati Review, 7.2 (Winter 2011): 4

 “Jar,” The Mom Egg, Vol. 8 (May 2010): 69

"Heartland." Poet Lore (Spring/Summer 2007): 29-32

 "Riptide." The Southwest Review 90 (winter 2005): 589-90. Winner, Stover Award


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