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Terry Hermsen , Ph.D.

Professor , Director of Creative Writing
Department of

p/ 614.823.1893
e/ THermsen@otterbein.edu
Office: Towers Hall 234


  • B.A. English, Wittenberg University, 1972
  • M.F.A. Poetry & Teaching, Goddard College, 1988
  • Ph.D. Art Education, The Ohio State University, 2003 

Research & Teaching Interests

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.


  • 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.]

Affiliations & 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

/ Office of Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs is located in Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St.

Office Hours

M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

p / 614.823.1556

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