Creative Writing
Department Chair:
DeSales Harrison

Administrative Assistant:
Suzanne Overstreet

Department Email:

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

153 W. Lorain Street

Oberlin, OH, 44074

Pamela Alexander

Pamela Alexander

Associate Professor

Contact Information


153 W. Lorain Street, Room 202
(440) 775-6539

Personal Web Site:

Pamela Alexander

Pamela Alexander

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Bates College, 1970
  • Master of Fine Arts, University of Iowa, 1973

Pamela Alexander is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Slow Fire (Ausable, 2007). Her other books are Inland (1997), which won an Iowa Poetry Prize; Commonwealth of Wings (Wesleyan, 1991); and Navigable Waterways (1984), which won a Yale Younger Poet award. Alexander has received two fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Massachusetts, as well as fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the Ohio Arts Council.

Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including American Alphabets, Best American Poetry 2000, The Extraordinary Tide, American Voices, Poetry for a Small Planet, and Cape Discovery, and in many periodicals, including the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Boston Book Review, Orion, TriQuarterly, Poetry, The Journal, New Republic, and American Scholar, as well as in e-zines such as Smartish Pace, Web del Sol, and Salt River Review.

Some of Alexander's poems have been included in an audio-anthology on CD; others were set to music for a public performance, broadcast as part of a satellite radio program, and featured on the websites of National Public Radio and the American Academy of Poets. Navigable Waterways, now out of print, can be found at the Contemporary American Poetry Archive site

 Slow Fire    Inland  Commonwealth of Wings
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