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David Wanczyk

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Assistant Professor of Instruction, Editor of New Ohio Review and Coordinator for Special Programs
Ellis 344, Athens Campus

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Ph.D. Ohio University, English (Creative Writing: Nonfiction), 2010

M.A. Ohio University, English (Creative Writing: Poetry), 2006

B.A. Holy Cross, English and Theater, 2004

Scholarly Focus

  • Creative Writing: Nonfiction


"Beep: Inside the Unseen World of Baseball for the Blind." Ohio University Press. 2018.

"The Eyes of the Storm." Hobart. Summer 2015.

"The Blind Boys of Summer." Texas Monthly. Summer 2014.

"The Unstoppable Slugger Playing Baseball Blind." Boston Globe Magazine. Spring 2014.

“The Big House.” Knock. Summer 2013.

“Christmas Illustrated.” Fall 2012.

“Take My Wife, Please.” Fall 2012.

“An Audiobook Marathon.” Slate. 2012.

“From Catch 18 to Catch 22.” 2012.

“Don’t (Just) Be Inspired By Beep Baseball.” The Classical. 2012.

“The Ladder.” Miracle Monocle. 2011.

“After the Death of His Father, Simon Grows.” JMWW. 2011.

“Sentence and Release.” Tusculum Review. 2011.

“Co-Stars.” Prick of the Spindle. 2011.

“My Leading MAN.” Prick of the Spindle. 2011.

“Motel at the Center of America.” Prick of the Spindle. 2011.

“Feeling Slightly Unyoung at 28.” The Catalonian Review. 2011.

“When Getting Laughs Got You a Grammy.” Winter 2011.

An Ambivalent Kiss-off Note in 78 Beatles’ Titles, 3 ‘Buts,’ and a ‘So’.” Defenestration. Winter 2011.

“Stations.” Lake Effect. Winter 2011.

“Green Hooded Sweatshirt.” Modcloth. Winter 2011.

Review: Candyfreak by Steve Almond.” Alimentum. Winter 2011.

“Pyramid 118.” Defunct. Fall 2010.

Review of Ander Monson’s Vanishing Point: Not a Memoir.” Brevity. Fall 2010.

“The Past as Prologue and Play-time: A Review of Robin Hemley’s Do-Over!” Bellingham Review. Spring 2010.

“‘This, alone, will save us--this communication’: An Interview with David Shields.” Quarter After Eight. Spring 2010.

Fortunate Sons.” Shaking Like a Mountain. Winter 2009.

The Outlasters.” Women’s Adventure Magazine (online). Fall 2009.

“‘Where Else Could I Go?’: Susan Stewart’s Search for the Intangible.” Spring Literary Festival Tabloid. Spring 2006.

"Hells Bells," Quarry, v.26, no.4 (Autumn 1977), pp.56-58.

Scholarly Articles

“Framing Gertrude: Photographic Narration and the Subjectivity of the Artist-Observer in Levy’s The Romance of a Shop.” Victorian Literature and Culture. 2015.

“‘So They Fidgeted’: The Modernist Twitch of Between the Acts.” Woolf Studies Annual. 2011.

Selected Conference Papers

DeSales University Writers’ Residency, 2024 (invited presenter)

DeSales University Writers’ Residency, 2023 (invited presenter)

Amesville Writers’ Workshop, 2023 (invited presenter)

"Talking Sports." Ohioana Book Festival. Columbus, OH, 2019

"A Short History of Baseball for the Blind." The Baseball Heritage Museum. Cleveland, OH, 2019

"Cincinnati Sports" (panelist). Books by the Banks. Cincinnati, OH, October 2018)

"A Short History of Baseball for the Blind." The National Baseball Hall of Fame. Cooperstown, NY,
August 2018

"A Short History of Baseball for the Blind." Society for American Baseball Research. Pittsburgh, PA,
July 2018

"Other Peoples’ Stories: How to Tell, When to Tell, and When not to Tell," Pioneer Valley Writers’
Workshop, Amherst, MA, June 2018

“’The Hackneyed Culture Clash’: The Politics of Mimicry in Karen King Aribisala’s Rewriting of Chaucer.” African Literature Association Conference. Ohio University. (April 2011).

“’Not the Power to Conceal’: Sensibility and Masquerade in Inchbald’s A Simple Story.” British Women Writers Conference. Ohio State University. (April 2011).

“Nonfiction Wow.” Bedell NonfictioNow Conference. University of Iowa. (November 2010).

“The Aesthetics of Friendship and the Nonfiction of Woolf and Wallace.” Defining the New. Ohio University. (October 2010).

“Word as Gold: Malleable Language in Eliot’s Silas Marner.” Louisiana Conference on Language, Literature and Culture. University of Louisiana-Lafayette. (March 2010).

“A Modernist Squirming.” Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900. University of Louisville. (February 2010).

“Old Breadcrumbs in New Bread: Constructing New Literacies from Familiar Materials.” With Lydia McDermott and Brett Pransky. Expanding Literacy Studies Conference. Ohio State University. (April 2009).

“That Dang Thing: Computers and Older Users.” With Lydia McDermott. Expanding Literacy Studies Conference. Ohio State University. (April 2009).

“The Ironic Byronic in Fowles’s The French Lieutenant’s Woman.” AEGIS: The Power of Form and Forms of Power. Southern Illinois University. (April 2008).

“Framing Gertrude: Photographic Narration and the Complex Subjectivity of the Artist Observer in The Romance of a Shop.” British Women Writers Conference. Indiana University. (March 2008).


Assistant Professor of Instruction (2019-Present)

Editor, New Ohio Review (2015-Present)

Coordinator for Special Programs, English Department. (2010-present).

Co-Editor-in-Chief, Quarter after Eight: A Journal of Prose and Commentary (2008-2010).


Nominated by the English Department for the Nancy Dasher Award (for Beep), 2019

Named "OHIO Faculty Newsmaker" by College of Arts & Sciences, 2018

Beep chosen as a Junior Library Guild selection, 2018

Named the "Noteworthy Poet of Issue 6" of UCity Review, 2013.

Won "Best Piece of the Spring Issue" in Miracle Monocle Magazine, 2011.

Nominated by the English Department for Ohio University Named Fellowships, 2009-2010.

Won Outstanding TA Award for the English Department, Ohio University, 2008-2009.

Won the Virginia Woolf Prize for Nonfiction, Ohio University, 2008

Nominated for the Emily Tice Award for Outstanding Graduate Essay, Ohio University, 2008.

Courses Taught

  • ENG 2010: Introduction to Fiction and Nonfiction
  • ENG 3630: Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry
  • ENG 3650: Literary Editing and Publishing
  • ENG 4910: English Internship
  • ENG 3080: Writing about Environmental Sustainability
  • CAS 1110: Tradition and Inquiry (Scholars Program)
  • CAS 2900 Special Topics in College of Arts & Sciences (Scholars program)
  • English 151: Writing and Rhetoric I
  • English 152: Special Topics: Reading and Writing
  • English 201: Critical Approaches to Fiction
  • English 202: Critical Approaches to Poetry
  • English 252: English Literature 1689-Present (Teaching Assistant)
  • English 306J: Women in Writing
  • English 308J/3080J: Writing and Rhetoric II
  • English 363/3630: Creative Writing Workshop: Nonfiction
  • English 395: Creative Writing Workshop: Intermediate Nonfiction
  • English 483: Form and Theory, Nonfiction
  • English 499H: Honors Project, Advanced Nonfiction