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Julia Spicher Kasdorf

Julia Spicher Kasdorf

Professor of English and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

418 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-0025


  1. Ph.D. New York University, 1997
  2. B.A. New York University, 1985


Julia Spicher Kasdorf has published four books of poetry: Sleeping Preacher, Eve’s Striptease, Poetry in America, and Shale Play: Poems and Photographs from the Fracking Fields, a collaborative documentary project with Steven Rubin. Her awards include the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize and the Great Lakes College’s Association Award for New Writing, a Pushcart Prize, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry.

She thinks about the relationships people have with the communities and places they come from, and also those places they choose to inhabit, and her writing is often concerned with social and environmental justice. Past projects along these lines include a collection of essays, The Body and the Book: Writing from a Mennonite Life and the biographical study, Fixing Tradition: Joseph W. Yoder, Amish American. With Joshua R. Brown, she edited new editions of Yoder’s regional classic, Rosanna of the Amish, and Fred Lewis Pattee’s local color romance, The House of the Black Ring. With Michael Tyrell, she co-edited the anthology, Broken Land: Poems of Brooklyn. Currently, she is working with Christopher Reed to curate the exhibition and catalogue, Field Language: Paintings and Poetry by Warren and Jane Rohrer.

Research Interests:

Creative Writing:

Poetry and Creative Nonfiction

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