Kristin Naca

Assistant Professor, English
Poetics; 20th century, ethnic and avant-garde poetry; creative writing: poetry, fiction, non-fiction; latin American, surrealist, border poetry.

Old Main, 208
Telephone: 651-696-6503

Kristin Naca was born and raised in the Washington D.C. area. She earned her Ph.D. at University of Nebraska, M.F.A at University of Pittsburgh, and M.A. in English Linguistics at University of Cincinnati. Her first collection of poems, BIRD EATING BIRD, was named finalist for the Audre Lorde Prize and Lambda Literary Award. Winner of the National Poetry Series mtvU Prize, chosen by Yusef Komnyakaa, the collection appears with Harper Perennial (2009). Naca has received fellowships from the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund, Minnesota Arts Board, Breadloaf Writers Conference, and the Lannan Foundation. She is a long-time member and instructor at the Macondo Writers’ Workshop in San Antonio, Texas. Her work has appeared inPoetryPrairie SchoonerThe Cincinnati Review and Octopus.

Areas of Study

  • Poetics
  • 20th century, ethnic and avant-garde poetry
  • Creative writing: poetry, fiction, non-fiction
  • Latin American, surrealist, border poetry

2015-2016 Courses

  • Poetry (135-01) Fall, (135), Spring
  • Crafts of Writing: Poetry (280), Spring


M.A. English Linguistics, University of Cincinnati

M.F.A. Poetry, University of Pittsburgh

Ph.D. English, University of Nebraska