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Jeff Oaks

Senior Lecturer
Assistant Director of Writing Program
CL 501-E

Jeff Oaks is the author of three chapbooks, Shift (Seven Kitchens Press, 2010), The Moon of Books (Ultima Obscura Press, 2000), and The Unknown Country (State Street Press, 1992). His newest chapbook, Mistakes with Strangers, is forthcoming from Seven Kitchens Press. He has published poems in literary magazines including Field, Court Green, Zocalo Public Square, Poemeleon, Ploughshares, and Bloom.  His essays have appeared in Creative Nonfiction and My Diva: 65 Gay Men Write about the Women Who Inspire Them. He’s the recipient of three fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, an Individual Artist fellowship from the Pittsburgh Foundation, and the 2008 winner of the Tina and David Bellet Arts and Sciences Teaching Excellence Award. 

Jeff Oaks is currently the assistant director of the writing program. He has previously served as the Managing Director of the Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series, and the advisor of the undergraduate literary magazine, Three Rivers Review. He was also writer-in-residence for the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project from 1989 until 1999. He lives in Pittsburgh with his dog.


Undergraduate Courses:

  • Introduction to Poetry Writing
  • Poetry Workshop
  • The Writer’s Journal
  • Autobiography and the Creative Impulse



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