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

David Walker

David Walker

Professor of English and Creative Writing

Contact Information


Rice Hall 30
(440) 775-8584

David Walker

Educational Background

  • B.A., Oberlin College, 1972
  • M.A., Cornell University, 1976
  • Ph.D., Cornell University, 1979

My teaching interests center on twentieth-century literature, drama, and creative writing. The courses I regularly offer include Crossing Borders (a first-year seminar), Modern British and Irish Fiction, Shakespeare and the Limits of Genre, American Poets Since 1960, Contemporary British and Irish Drama, Modern Fiction and Sexual Difference, a class on the fiction of Vladimir Nabokov, and the playwriting workshop in the Creative Writing Program. In 2011 I was honored to receive Oberlin's Distinguished Teaching Award, and in 2012 was featured in the Princeton Review's The 300 Best Professors (Random House).

My publications include The Transparent Lyric, a study of Wallace Stevens and William Carlos Williams, and many articles about modern and contemporary literature. Co-editor of Oberlin College Press and the journal FIELD: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, I am also the editor of American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary Poets (2006), Poets Reading: The FIELD Symposia (1999), and A FIELD Guide to Contemporary Poetry and Poetics (revised edition, 1997). I have directed the Oberlin-in-London Program six times, most recently in the spring of 2012. (I've written a blog post about the program here.) I also co-direct a London theater tour for Oberlin alumni every other June (and I've blogged about that experience here).

I currently chair the Oberlin-in-London Program Committee and serve on the Creative Writing Program Committee. I also help administer Oberlin's admissions blogs and other social media websites.

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.