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Ryan Sharp

CRES Lecturer

Rees-Jones Hall, Rm. 206 | 817-257-4145



Ph.D., English, University of Texas at Austin (2018)
MFA, Creative Writing, Pacific University (2011)
BA, Education, Concordia University-Portland (2005)

Courses Taught

CRES 10103: Engaging Difference and Diversity in America
CRES 20003: Gateway Seminar in Critical Race Theory
CRES 30993: Special Topics-The New Black Arts Movement

Areas of Focus

Black American Literature
Black Studies
20th and 21st-century American Literature and Culture
Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies
Poetry and Poetics
Creative Writing
Composition and Rhetoric
Archival Studies


my imaginary old man: poems. Finishing Line Press, 2017.

Selected Poetry:

“Bear Skins,” “Folding Paper,” and “The Enormous Hole.” Copper Nickel. Forthcoming.

“[everyone knows what kind of man he is],” “[to see my imaginary old man],” and “[most all was taken from him his home his].” Ilanot Review, Winter 2015/2016 Issue.

“[the red oak broken the yellow lawn broke]” and “[there is still there the conclusion that all].” Berkeley Poetry Review, Issue 45 (2015).

“my imaginary old man 1.” DIALOGIST, Vol. II, Issue II (2014).

“birch branches and my imaginary old man” and “the tiny chasm of my imaginary old man.” Silk Road Review, Issue 7.2 (2012).

“Rubbing the Elephant.” PANK, May 2012.


“Review of Tracy K. Smith’s Life on Mars: Poems.” Callaloo, Volume 35, Number 1, Winter 2012. Pp. 520-522.

“Persona as Palimpsest: Natasha Trethewey’s Native Guard and the Archive.” American Literary Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, 2018.

“The Speaking Unspoken: Natasha Trethewey, Frank X. Walker, and Contemporary Black American Persona Poetry.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland, OR, 2017.

“Respeaking the Spoken: Contemporary Black American Persona Poetry and the Archive.” Celebrating African American Literature and Languages Conference, Pennsylvania State University, 2016.

“Being Minstreled: Junot Díaz, Dave Chappelle, and the Phenomena of Naïve Readings.” South Central Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Vanderbilt University, 2015.

Orville Wendell O’Neal Memorial Endowed Scholarship in English, UT Austin (2016, 2018)

Best New Poets 2018 nomination (“The Enormous Hole” nominated by Copper Nickel)

2018 Andrew Julius Gutow Academy of American Poets Prize (Honorable Mention)

University Graduate Continuing Fellowship, UT Austin (2017-2018)

Staff of the Year, Huston-Tillotson University (2017)

Burleson Award, UT Austin (2015)

Professional Development Grant, Regional Arts & Culture Council (2012)

Picturing America Award Recipient, National Endowment for the Humanities (2011)

Modern Language Association

American Literary Association

Academy of American Poets

National Council of Teachers of English

International Writing Center Association