Creative Writing
Department Chairs:
Sylvia Watanabe (Sem. I)
Dan Chaon (Sem. II)

Administrative Assistant:
Suzanne Overstreet

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-6567
Fax: (440) 775-6677

153 W. Lorain Street

Oberlin, OH, 44074

Lynn Powell

Lynn Powell

Visiting Assistant Professor

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Carson-Newman College, 1977
  • Master of Fine Arts, Cornell University, 1980

Lynn Powell is the author of two books of poetry, Old & New Testaments and The Zones of Paradise, and a book of nonfiction, Framing Innocence: A Mother’s Photographs, A Prosecutor’s Zeal, and a Small Town’s Response. Old & New Testaments won The Brittingham Prize in Poetry and The New Writers Award of the Great Lakes Colleges Association. Framing Innocence will be published in September 2010 by The New Press, which awarded the book its Studs and Ida Terkel Author Fund Award.

Powell has received Individual Artist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (for her poetry) and from the Ohio Arts Council (for both her poetry and her nonfiction). Her poems have been published in numerous journals, including The Paris Review, Shenandoah, and Poetry, and in anthologies, including 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Everyday and the most recent edition of The Norton Introduction to Literature.

The National Endowment for the Arts: Lynn Powell
"Kind of Blue" featured in Poetry
Lynn Powell's Acceptance Speech for NPR's Writer's Almanac

Framing Innocence

BERNARD FARAI MATAMBO is an Assistant Professor in the Creative Writing Program at Oberlin College. He teaches courses in fiction, nonfiction, transitional prose forms as well as poetry and internationally-focused electives in Creative Writing. He received his BA from Oberlin College, OH, and an MFA from Brown University, RI, where his writing received both the Beth Lisa Feldman Award for Fiction and the Matthew Assatly Award from the Literary Arts Program. His work has been published in Witness, Pleiades, AGNI, Cincinnati Review, The Journal, Laurel Review and plume poetry among others, and has been nominated for the Pushchart Prizes and Caine Prize for African Writing. He has received residency fellowships from The Blue Mountain Center and the I-Park Foundation and has served as visiting artist at the Delta Gallery in Harare, Zimbabwe. An excerpt from his forthcoming novel was awarded the Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant by Ohioana Library. Bernard is a recent recipient of an international arts education grant from the Minneapolis Foundation to develop a course study of community arts and arts education in Zimbabwe.