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Erica Dawson


Erica Dawson

Meet Erica Dawson

Director/MFA Program; Associate Professor, English and Writing

Education: 2001 The Johns Hopkins University, B.A.  
2006 The Ohio State University, MFA  
2010 University of Cincinnati, Ph.D.

Courses Taught: Introduction to Creative Writing
Poetry Writing I
Writing and Inquiry

Career Specialties: Erica Dawson specializes in contemporary American poetry, Shakespearean drama, the Cavalier poets, and aesthetics and poetics. She teaches undergraduate courses and low-residency graduate courses in the English and Writing Department.

Dawson is the author of two collections of poetry: The Small Blades Hurt (Measure Press, forthcoming January 2014) and Big-Eyed Afraid (Waywiser, 2007). Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Barrow Street, Birmingham Poetry Review, Harvard Review, Literary Imagination, Virginia Quarterly Review and numerous other journals and anthologies. Her reviews and criticism have appeared in Florida Review, At Length Magazine and other publications. Very active in Tampa’s art community, she serves as poetry editor for the Tampa Review.


Professional and Community Activities: Dawson recently finished work on her second collection of poems, Cottontail, as well as an essay, “The Fictive Who: Abjection, Authorship, and Inwardness in Astrophil and Stella.”Her debut collection of poems, Big-Eyed Afraid, was published in the U.S. and U.K. in 2007. 

Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Best American Poetry 2008, VQR, Alehouse Review, Harvard Review, Barrow Street, the Swallow Anthology of New American Poets and other journals and anthologies. This July, she continued work for the Sewanee Writers’ Conference; and, she attended the Key West Literary Seminar, as a featured guest, in winter 2010.

In Cincinnati, Dawson was an active member of the arts community, reading in several public venues, guest lecturing at the School for the Performing Arts and working with Performance Time and Arts, a nonprofit organization in the city. She is very excited to join the lively Tampa Bay Area artistic community.

Honors and Awards: Charles Phelps Taft Dissertation Fellowship, University of Cincinnati, September 2009.

Winner, Breakfast of Champions, University of Cincinnati, April 2009. (Teaching award given by a STARS Scholarship Program graduating senior to the teacher who, in the student’s final year of undergraduate studies, has had the biggest impact on their academics.)

Selection for The Best American Poetry 2008 (“Parallax”).

Best Debut of 2007, Contemporary Poetry Review (Big-Eyed Afraid).

2006 Anthony Hecht PoetryPrize, Mary Jo Salter, judge. (Publication of Big-Eyed Afraid as the year’s best first or second collection of poetry)

Alfred C. Yates Fellowship, University of Cincinnati, September 2006.

Elliston Fellowship in Poetry, Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of Cincinnati, September 2006.

Academy of American Poets’ Prize, The Ohio State University, May 2006.

Commendation for Exemplary Teaching, Department of English, The Ohio State University, First-Year Writing Program, June 2005.