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Mary Elizabeth Pope

Professor of English

Contact Information


Office Hours

Office: Administration Building, Room 454

Office hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 10:15 a.m.- 10:50 a.m. and 12:05 p.m.- 1:40 p.m.


Ph.D., University of Iowa; M.A., B.S., Central Michigan University; Interdisciplinary Post-Graduate Diploma in African Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa


While I primarily teach Prose Writing, Advanced Prose Writing, Fiction Writing and the Writing Seminar, in the past I have taught courses in American Literature, African American Literature, Native American Literature, and South African Literature.

What I Love About Emmanuel: 

Emmanuel is a tight-knit community, so students often arrive in my courses having formed relationships that precede their interactions in my classes and inform the supportive environment of their workshops, which increases the quality of work my students produce and often results in student publications. 

Courses I Teach

  • ENGL 2504 Prose Writing ENGL 2507 Fiction Writing
  • ENGL 3504 Advanced Prose Writing
  • ENGL 3507 Advanced Fiction Writing
  • ENGL 4160 Writing Seminar

Publications + Presentations

Divining Venus: Stories

The Waywiser Press, 2013

Short Stories and Essays:

My short stories have appeared in Florida Review, Bellingham Review, PoemMemoirStory, Passages North, Ascent, and many others.  My creative nonfiction essays have appeared in The Fourth Genre: Contemporary Writers of/on Creative Nonfiction (Pearson) and Peninsula: Essays and Memoirs from Michigan (Michigan State University Press), and my critical and pedagogical work has appeared in Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Comparative Studies (Routledge), Language Arts Journal of Michigan (Michigan State University Press), and Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition and Culture (Duke University Press).

My work has also been featured on "Michigan Writers on the Air", a monthly feature on NPR-affiliate Interlochen Public Radio.  Click here to listen.

Creative Focus

 I am at work on a novel-in-progress set in 1940's Arkansas which takes on the effects of poverty, madness, corruption and tragedy on three inhabitants of a small town.

Representation:  I am represented by Ann Collette of the Rees Literary Agency. 

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