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Dr.  Brent Newsom

Assistant Professor of English


Dr. Brent Newsom is an assistant professor of English, returning to Bison Hill where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 2003 in interdisciplinary studies: religion, English and teaching English as a Second Language. He earned a master’s degree in English: literary studies from Louisiana State University and doctorate in English: creative writing from Texas Tech University.

Newsom has served as a part-time graduate instructor at Texas Tech since 2007. He also was a graduate teaching assistant at Louisiana State University. In 2009-10, he received a Fulbright grant from the U.S. Dept. of State for novel-related research in China.


B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University
M.A., Louisiana State University
Ph.D., Texas Tech University

Courses Taught

ENGL 1153: English Composition: Exposition & Argument
ENGL 1163: English: Composition & Classical Literature
ENGL 2013: European Civilization: Literature
ENGL 2023: Modern West: Literature
ENGL 2623: Introductory Fiction Workshop
ENGL 3623: Intermediate Fiction Workshop
ENGL 4823: Advanced Fiction Workshop

Selected Publications

Poetry publications:

“Desire.” The Cresset 76.2 (December 2012). Print.

“January 2009: For Anthony.” The Cresset 76.1 (September 2012). Print.

“Agriculture.” Cave Wall 11 (Spring 2012). Print.

“Pfc. Mason Buxton Embraces the Suck.” Grist: The Journal for Writers 5 (2012). Print.

“Pfc. Mason Buxton Wets a Hook.” Subtropics 11/12 (Winter/Spring 2011). Print.

“Cooking Fried Rice.” Tar River Poetry 50.1 (Fall 2010). Print.

“Esther Green Moves Out of the Sunset Acres Mobile Home Community.” Best New Poets 2010 (Anthology). Samovar Press, 2010. Print.

“Strawberries.” Mamas and Papas: On the Sublime and Heartbreaking Art of Parenting (Anthology). City Works Press, 2010. Print.

“The pecan pie takes a week to eat.” Cave Wall 8 (Summer/Fall 2010). Print.

“Floyd Fontenot’s Friday Night” and “Needing a Day away from Smyrna, Floyd Fontenot Winds Up in Baton Rouge, on the East Bank of the Mississippi.” New Delta Review 26.2 (Summer 2009). Print.

“Ode to the Heart.” America: The National Catholic Weekly (June 8-15, 2009). Print.

“Mason Buxton, Home from Work.” The Southern Review 44.2 (Spring 2008). Print.

Scholarly Conferences:

“Saving Face: A Fictional Representation of Faith and Culture.” Southwest Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature. Oklahoma City, OK. October 5, 2012.

“‘Salvation Equals Autonomy’: Rexroth’s Religious Dialectic in ‘The Phoenix and the Tortoise.’” Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention. Seattle, WA. January 6, 2012

Special Session organizer and presider. “Religion and Spirituality in the Long Poems of Kenneth Rexroth.” Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention. Seattle, WA. January 6, 2012.

“Write Thy Neighbor as Thyself: Creative Writing, Service Learning, and Ethics.” Pedagogy Forum, The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Annual Conference. Washington, DC. February 3, 2011.

“‘Just some poems’: Kenneth Rexroth’s Du Fu Canon.” International Symposium on Literary Canons and Cross-Cultural Communication. Hangzhou, China. November 7, 2010.

“Personalizing the Orient, Orientalizing the Personal: Kenneth Rexroth’s Poetic Inventions.” 3rd International Conference on Modernism and the Orient. Hangzhou, China. June 5, 2010.