PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
MA, Baylor University
Interests and Specializations
Southern Literature, American Literature, British Romanticism, American Transcendentalism, Contemporary Poetry, Appalachian Literature, The Personal Essay, Gender Studies, Psychoanalytic Theory, Narratology, Post-Colonial Theory, Poststructuralism and Discourse Theory.
Dr. Joel B. Peckham, Jr., is an Assistant Professor of Regional Literature and Creative Writing. A scholar of American Literature and a creative writer as well as a former Fulbright Scholar, his reviews, essays, scholarly articles, and poetry have been published in numerous journals, including American Literature, Black Warrior Review, The North American Review, Prairie Schooner, Rattle, River Teeth, The Southern Review, Texas Studies and Literature and Language, and The Sun. Poems have also appeared in the anthologies Contemporary Poetry of New England (UP of New England), Poets Against the War (Nation Press), and Every River on Earth: Writing from Appalachian Ohio (Ohio UP). His first two books of poetry Nightwalking, and The Heat of What Comes appeared from Pecan Grove Press in 2000 and 2006 and a chapbook Movers and Shakers appeared from Pudding House Press in 2010. His most recent collections include his memoir, Resisting Elegy (Chicago Review Press, 2012) and two collections of poetry from Futurecycle Press: the chapbook Why Not Take All of Me: A Cycle of Poems on the Life and Music of Billie Holiday (2014) and the full-length collection, God’s Bicycle (2015).
2016 will see the publication of a new collection of essays, Body Memory from New Rivers Press and a scholarly monograph, Outraged and Amazed: William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! from Cambridge Scholars.