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Chris Holbrook, M.F.A.

Associate Professor of English in the Dept. of English (School of English, Comm., Media and Languages)


  • M.F.A. (1986), University of Iowa
  • B.A. (1983), University of Kentucky

Courses Taught

  • ENG 100 - Writing I
  • ENG 293 - Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENG 395 - Poetry Writing
  • ENG 360 - Appalachian Literature
  • ENG 396 - Fiction Writing
  • ENG 397 - Creative Non-Fiction Writing
  • ENG 484 - Advanced Fiction Writing
  • ENG 485 - Advanced Creative Non-Fiction Writing
  • ENG 683 - Advanced Poetry Writing
  • ENG 684 - Advanced Fiction Writing


Professor Holbrook’s primary area of specialization is Fiction Writing. He teaches Fiction Writing, Poetry Writing and Creative Non-Fiction Writing at the undergraduate and graduate level. He also serves as Coordinator of the BFA Program in Creative Writing and Chair of the Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Appalachian Literature. He has two collections of short stories in publication as well as publications in various literary journals and anthologies.

Selected Recent Scholarly Contributions

  • Recipient of the Kentucky Arts Council’s Al Smith Fellowship in Creative Writing (1988, 1998, 2006)
  • Recipient of the Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Appalachian Literature (1996)
  • Hell and Ohio: Stories of Southern Appalachia, Gnomon Press (1995)
  • Upheaval, University Press of Kentucky (2009)


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