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John  Estes

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John  Estes
wrfgrf+znybar+rqh 330.471.8365
Johnson Center 208

Associate Professor of English, Director of Creative Writing


Ph.D., University of Missouri
M.A., Wheaton College
B.A., University of Evansville


Before coming to Malone John taught at the University of Missouri, and prior to pursuing his doctoral work taught in a variety of settings, including a classical liberal arts academy and a democratic free school. Beyond writing and poetry, interests include dialogue and the pedagogy of discussion, ecological literature, and Eastern philosophy and religions.

Recent Scholarly Work

Kingdom Come (C&R Press, 2011) 

Swerve (Poetry Society of America, 2009)

Breakfast with Blake at the Laocoön (Finishing Line Press, 2007)

Poems, prose, and translations have appeared in more than 80 journals, including Tin House, New Orleans Review, The Journal, Southern Review, Circumference, Another Chicago Magazine, Laurel Review, Iron Horse, and AGNI.

Recent Essays:

  • "The Unorthodox Greek Orthodoxy of Constantine Cavafy." Mother Tongue Theologies: Poets, Novelists, Non-Western Christianity.  Darren Middleton, ed. Wipf & Stock 2009. 32-47. 
  • "Notes toward an introduction for Charles Simic." Cream City Review. 33.2 (Fall 2009), 12-16.
  • "A Space for the Marvelous and the Murderous." inscape Vol. 34(2009): 99-103. 
  • "The Poem as Built Environment." Caesura (Fall 2007): 55-63.

For links to poems and prose online and more about John's work, see his website

Teaching Assignments

ENG 231: Introduction to Creative Writing
ENG 331: Poetry Writing
ENG 332: Fiction Writing
ENG 431: Advanced CW Workshop
ENG 325: Writers Series Seminar
ENG 460: Environmental Literature (Fall 2013)

Adviser to the Literary Journal