Dr. Leigh (Lea) Graham

Associate Professor of English, Creative Writing


Dr. Graham teaches both creative writing and literature courses, with a focus on contemporary poetry and theory, creative nonfiction, travel writing/place studies, music and cultural studies, and Latin American literature. Her first-year seminars and special topics courses have included "Travel Writing in the Time of Pandemic," "The Boundaries Within: Writing Memoir & the Craft of Bookmaking," "Myth, Play, Politics: 20th Century Poetics," "Irish Contemporary Poetry," "Poetics & the Philosophy of Language" (co-taught), "Magical Realism in the Americas," "Blues Poetry/Blues History" (co-taught), and "Birth of the Cool: Jazz & 20th Century U.S. Culture."

She has led numerous travel abroad courses and taught internationally in places such as Dublin, Ireland; Les Cayes, Haiti; Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. She has been faculty on the Marist/Lorenzo d’ Medici campus in Florence, Italy where she taught the first-year seminar, Florence by Foot, Tuscany by Train, and All Roads (Don’t) Lead to Rome: A Study on Pilgrimage.

She delights in working with students towards the publication of their creative essays, poems, and short stories and in helping them apply for grants, study abroad, and graduate programs. She has also regularly curated student projects like the O.E.D. Poem Project, interviews with visiting writers, student readings, and writing contests.



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