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About

Terrence Hermsen

Department of English

Associate Professor

Education
Wittenberg University (B.A., English)
Goddard College (MFA in poetry and teaching)
Ohio State University (Ph.D. in Art Education)

Professional Affiliations and Awards
  • Co-Poet of the Year for 2009 for his book The River’s Daughter
  • Participated in the Ohio Arts Council’s Artists in the Schools program
  • Teaching in art galleries in Oberlin, Toledo and Cleveland
  • Teaching at the Columbus Museum of Art
Publications
  • Author of several collections of poetry, including Thirty Six Spokes: The Bicycle Poems, With David Garrison edited the food-poem anthology Taste and See
  • Teaching Writing from a Writer's Point of View and Poetry of Place: Helping Students Write Their Worlds

 "It is the business of [art] to embody mystery." ~ Flannery O'Connor. [Note: she actually says "fiction" here, but I think the idea applies to all art.]

Personal Bio
Specializations: Poetry Writing, interdisciplinary work in the Arts, the Literature of Place and Environment.

Creative work: Author of The River’s Daughter: Poems (Bottom Dog Press, 2008) and Poetry of Place: Helping Students Writer Their World (NCTE, 2009).  Ohio Poet of the Year in 2009.

Recent or new topical courses: "Teaching Creative Writing in the Community," "Semiotics of the Self," "Art and Politics," "Poetry Writing.”

Senior project interests: Poetry, Short-Short Stories, Memoirs, Multi-genre works.

/ Contact

Towers Hall 234

THermsen@otterbein.edu

614.823.1893