James Cihlar

Visiting Assistant Professor English
Creative writing; modern British and American literature; nineteenth-century British literature; medieval literature; literature of the Great Plains.

James Cihlar is the author of the poetry books Undoing (Little Pear Press, 2008) and Rancho Nostalgia (Dream Horse Press, 2013) and the chapbook Metaphysical Bailout (Pudding House Press, 2010). His poems, interviews, essays, and stories have been published in American Poetry Review, The Awl, Court Green, Smartish Pace, Mary, Lambda Literary Review, Verse Daily, and Forklift, Ohio. His work appears in the anthologies American Tensions: Literature of Identity and the Search for Social Justice (New Village, 2011), Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Writers on Faith, Religion, and Spirituality (Sibling Rivalry, 2011), Divining Divas (Lethe, 2012), and American Society: What Poets See (Future Cycle Press, forthcoming). The recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship for Poetry and a Glenna Luschei Award from Prairie Schooner, he is also an editor for Etruscan Press.

Areas of Study

  • Creative Writing
  • Modern British and American Literature
  • Nineteenth Century British Literature
  • Medieval Literature
  • Literature of the Great Plains
  • GLBT Literature

2012-2013 Courses

  • Introduction to Creative Writing (150-02), Fall
  • Crafts of Writing: Poetry (280-01), Fall


Awards and Honors

  • Glenna Luschei Award, Prairie Schooner
  • Individual Artist Fellowship, Poetry, Minnesota State Arts Board


BA: University of Iowa

PhD: University of Nebraska