Creative Writing
Contact
Department Chair:
Kazim Ali

Administrative Assistant:
Suzanne Overstreet

Department Email:


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

Location:
153 W. Lorain Street

Oberlin, OH, 44074

David Walker

David Walker

Professor of English and Creative Writing

Contact Information

E-mail:


Office:
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've offered recently 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, another class on James Joyce and Virginia Woolf, 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.