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William J. Cobb

William J. Cobb

Professor of English

218 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 933-7673


  1. PhD in Literature and Creative Writing. The University of Houston. 1988-93.
  2. Master of Arts in English. The University of Texas at Austin. 1982-84.
  3. Bachelor of Arts in English. Texas State University at San Marcos. 1975-80.


William J. Cobb is a novelist, essayist, and short fiction writer whose work has been published in The New Yorker, The Mississippi Review, The Antioch Review, and many others. He's the author of five books of fiction: three novels—The Fire Eaters (1994), Goodnight, Texas (2006), and The Bird Saviors (2012)—and two books of stories, The White Tattoo (2002) and The Lousy Adult (2013). He has reviewed books for the Dallas Morning News, the Houston Chronicle, and the New York Times, and lives in Pennsylvania and Colorado.

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