2009 Florida State University, Ph.D.
2005 University of Iowa, MFA
1997 The Johns Hopkins University, M.A.
1991 College of William and Mary, B.A.
Professional and Community Activities:
Steve Kistulentz is the Director of the University of Tampa
MFA Program in Creative Writing, and a member of the Department of English. He
is the author of two collections of poetry, Little Black Daydream(2012)
and The Luckless Age (2010), along with numerous stories,
essays, and reviews. His narrative nonfiction—mostly on the subject of popular
culture—has appeared widely in journals.
Kistulentz’s poems work against the pervasive
influence of nostalgia, occupying the space between histories; they often focus
on what Yeats called
“counter-truth,” the gap between the commonplace understanding of an event and
its more nuanced or even imagined reinterpretation. Mike Krutel, writing in
the American Book Review, compared the “lived-in landscapes”
of The Luckless Age’s poems to John
Berryman’s dream songs.
His honors include the Benjamin Saltman Award
for The Luckless Age, as well as fellowship support from Writers at
Work, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and an individual award from
the Mississippi Arts Commission. He has taught at Millsaps College; the Johns
Hopkins University; the University of Iowa, where he was the Joseph and Ursil
Callan Scholar; and the Florida State University, where he was an Edward and
Marie C. Kingsbury Fellow for Excellence in Thought.