Creative Writing at WVU: Wild, Wonderful Writing

Kevin Oderman

Oderman bio

Professor of English
PhD University of California at Santa Barbara

Office: 140 Colson Hall

Office Tel: 304.293.9728

Home Tel: 304.293.5618

Fax: 304.293.5380

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Creative Writing: Literary Essay, Travel, Novel
Academic: Modern and Early Postmodern American Poetry

Courses Taught:

214: Creative Writing: Nonfiction

318: Creative Writing Workshop: Nonfiction

Undergraduate American Literature courses

418: Creative Writing Capstone

618: Graduate Creative Writing Workshop: Nonfiction


Cannot Stay (literary essays on travel), Etruscan Press, forthcoming 2015.

White Vespa (novel), Etruscan Press, 2012.

Going (novel),Vandalia Press, 2006.

How Things Fit Together (literary essays), Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference 1999 Bakeless Literary Publication Prize for Nonfiction, Middlebury Press, 2006.

Ezra Pound and the Erotic Medium (criticism), Duke University Press, 1986.


Lloyd Goldsmith Looking Downtown, Square Moon (in response to painting), 2009.


Going is a brilliant novel—a deft, contemplative thriller that probes five lives united by art, chance, and exile. The story’s great themes are the erotic, artistic integrity, and death. Its genders are crossed or at war, its night streets and romances equally treacherous, its wit delightfully dark. Yet the engagements with art are profound. And the climax—a stunner—is suffused with justice and light.”

David James Duncan

On How Things Fit Together

“Although the universe holds together faithfully, our own precious lives seem to scatter like blown leaves. How to bind up one’s memories, yearnings, travels, scraps of knowledge, loves and lamentations into a coherent whole? That is Kevin Oderman’s great theme in these compelling essays. He joins piece to piece with a poet’s feel for elegant language and a carpenter’s feel for sturdy joints. He’s at ease outdoors as well as indoors—fishing in rivers as well as books, hunting in the wilds as well as museums. While Oderman writes of his private journeys in search of coherence, he also invites his readers to think about the fissures and patterns in their own lives.”

Scott Russell Sanders


“Of Corse,” Tusculum Review, 5, (2009) 83-102.

“Colors,” Green Mountains Review, 23, No. 1 (2009) 98-109.

“Cloudband,” Northwest Review 46, No. 2 (2008) 122-41.

“White Amber,” Northwest Review 45, No. 2 (2007) 36-50.

“Time to Kill: Cambodia,” Southwest Review 92, No. 3 (2007) 463-80.

“A House Fitting,” Southwest Review, 90, No. 3 (2005) 412-27.

“Selling,” North Dakota Quarterly, 72, No. 4 (2005) 75-86.

“Judith and Harold,” Northwest Review, 43, No. 3 (2005) 73-86.

“Puppet Heads,” Northwest Review, 42, No. 3 (2004) 58-76.

“Waiting for the Bombs,” Northwest Review, 40, No. 3 (2002) 114-26.


Bakeless Prize in Nonfiction


Fulbright Fellowship to Thessaloniki, Greece

Fulbright Fellowship to Lahore, Pakistan


Kevin is married to writer Sara Pritchard. Visit her website.

Kevin Admires:

Contemporary essayists: John Haines, William Kittredge, W.G. Sebald, Guy Davenport, Trudy Dittmar, JoAnn Beard, Rachel Cohen, Franklin Burroughs, John Berger, David James Duncan, Rebecca Solnit.

Not-so-contemporary essayists: Emerson & Thoreau.

Novelists & poets who have informed my writing: Heimito von Doderer, Andre Gide, Michel Tournier, Lawrence Durrell, Nikos Kazantzakis, Thomas Mann, Hugo von Hoffmansthal, Hermann Broch, Junichiro Tanizaki, Shusaku Endo, Ryokan, Basho, Issa, R.H. Blythe, Fernando Pessoa, St.-John Perse, Georg Trakl, William Carlos Williams, H.D., Ezra Pound, George Oppen, William Bronk, Per Petterson, Kent Haruf, Norman Maclean, Ian McEwan

Favorite filmmakers: Krzysztof Kieslowski, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Tom Tykwer, Jane Campion, Billy August, Peter Weir, Wim Wenders, Sally Potter

On a Personal Note:

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