Curriculum Vitae: Joel Bishop Peckham, Jr.

260 Broadway St., Batavia OH, 45103
(781) 724-2452 /


University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Ph.D., English Literature, 1999.

Dissertation: Exploding the Bordered Text: Transgressive Narrative of the     American South.
Dissertation Director: Stephen C. Behrendt,
Dissertation Committee: Stephen C. Behrendt; Thomas Caramango; Joy Ritchie.
Areas of Concentration: 20th Century American and Canadian Literature; Contemporary American Poetry; Creative Writing (Poetry).


Baylor University, M.A. English Literature, 1994.

Thesis: The Structure of Digression: Byron's Marino Faliero.
Thesis Director: Clement T. Goode.
Thesis Committee: Clement T. Goode; James E. Barcus; Elmer H. Duncan.


Middlebury College, B.A. cum laude, English Literature with a concentration in American History, 1992.

Senior Thesis (Creative Writing, Poetry): Seeing Voices.
Senior Thesis Director: Robert Pack.
Senior Thesis Second Reader: Jay Parini.



2006-Present: Assistant Professor of English, University of Cincinnati, Clermont College

2004-2006: English Teacher, Kimball Union Academy
2003-2004: Fulbright Scholar, Professor of American Literature, University of Jordan in Amman
2002-2004: Assistant Professor of English, Georgia Military College
2000-2001: Visiting Assistant Professor of American Literature, Western World Literature, and Expository Writing, Hope College
1999-2000: Lecturer of Expository Writing , Western World Literature, Hope College.
1999-2000: Lecturer of Composition, Grand Valley State University.
1995-1999: Teaching Assistant, University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
1994-1995: ESL Tutor, University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
1994-1995: Writing Tutor, The Hewitt Athletic Center, University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
1993 and 1994: Social Staff, Breadloaf Writer's Conference.
1993-1994: Teaching Assistant, Baylor University.
1992-1993: Writing Consultant, Writing Center, Baylor University.


University of Cincinnati-Clermont College:

Composition I, II, and III (English 101, 102, 103);

Introduction to Creative Writing (English 211);

 Reading and Writing Autobiography: Creative Nonfiction--Seminar                    (English 329);

American Writers I, II, and III (English 207, 208, 209);

Diversity in Literature (English 229);

Literature and Gender (English 227);

Professional Writing—Independent Study (English 375).

Georgia Military College:

American Literature I and II (English 221 and 222); Introduction to Creative Writing (English 224); Introduction to Literature (English 102); Expository Writing (English 101).

Hope College:

Introduction to Literature( English 202); Twentieth Century Southern Literature—(English 375); Creative Writing, Poetry (English 255); American Dreaming  (English 113);  Western World Literature II (English 202).

Grand Valley State University:

American Dreaming: Composition I (English 101)

University of Nebraska, Lincoln:

Short Story (English 221); Nonfiction Prose Writing (English 254); Composition I and II (English 150).

Baylor University

Composition (English 1401); Composition and Literature (English 1402)



Creative Non-Fiction:


“Resisting Elegy,” Under the Sun. Volume 14, #1. (Summer 2008), 122-135.


"Satellites," River Teeth. Volume 6, #2, (Spring 2005). 103-116.

"The Neverland," The North American Review, (Fall 2006).


“Scream,” Brevity, (Fall 2007).  <>.


“Ruins,” The South Loop Review, (2006).  3-22.

“Ruins,” Illness and Grace; Terror and Transformation (Wising Up Press, 2007). Heather Tosteson and Charles D. Brockett, eds.  300-316.

"An Academic Transient's Search for a Home," The Chronicle of Higher Education, On-line Edition, Wednesday, August 28, 2002.



Review of Robert Pack's Rounding it Out (Chicago UP, 2001). The Southeast Review. Volume 22, #1 (Fall 2002) 98-100.

Review of Edward Byrne's East of Omaha (Pecan Grove, 2001). The Southeast Review. Volume 22, #1 (Fall 2002) 101-103.

Review of Robert Vivian's Cold Snap as Yearning (U Nebraska, 2001). The Southeast Review. Volume 21, #1 (Spring 2001) 117-119.

Review of Robert Kirschten's Approaching Prayer: Ritual and the Shape of Myth in A.R. Ammons and James Dickey (LSU, 1998) The Mississippi quarterly. Volume 52, #4 (1999)720-725.

Review of Robert Pack's Minding the Sun (Chicago UP, 1993). Prairie Schooner. Volume 73, #3 (Fall 1999) 151-154.

Review of Dave Smith's Fate's Kite: Poems 1991-1995 (LSU, 1996) Prairie Schooner.

Review of Craig Challender's Familiar Things (Linwood, 1998) Prairie Schooner. Volume 73, #2 (Summer, 1999) 208-210.

Experimental Fiction:

"Depth Charge: Believing in Ghosts." Quarter After Eight. Volume 7, (200) 286-288.



Nightwalking. Pecan Grove Press (Saint Mary's University--San Antonio, TX, 2001).

The Heat of What Comes. Pecan Grove Press (Saint Mary's University--San Antonio, TX, 2008).

Journal and Anthology Publications for Poetry:


(a complete bibliography is available upon request)


Aethlon (three poems), The Anthology of New England Poetry (Anthology--University Press of New England)(three poems), Apostrophe, Ascent, The Baltimore Review, Borderlands: The Texas Poetry Review, The Black Warrior Review, Blueline (two poems), The Clackamas Literary Review, The Connecticut Review (five poems), Confrontations, The Dalhousie Review, Elysian Fields Quarterly (two poems), Envoi (UK)(sequence), Full Circle (five poems), The Florida Review (two poems),The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Hurakan (two poems), The Larcom Review, The Literary Review, The Louisville Review, The Malahat Review, Many Mountains Moving (four poems), The Midland Review, Nebraska Center for Writers Web-Site, The New Delta Review, Nimrod (three poems), Onthebus (two poems), Passages North, The Paterson Literary Review, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner (seven poems), The Pikeville Literary Review, The Southern Review (Three Poems), The Southeast Literary Review (four poems), Southwestern American Literature, Rattapallax, Sport Literate, The Sycamore Review, The Texas Review, The Valparaiso Poetry Review, The Vermont Literary Review (two poems), Visions International, Yankee Magazine and Yefief (two poems).



"Segregation / Integration: Narrative in the American South" The Southern Quarterly. Volume 40, #1 (Fall 2001). 28-38

"Eudora Welty's The Golden Apples: Abjection and the Maternal South," Texas Studies in Literature and Language. Volume 43, #2 (Summer 2001)194-217.

"Jean Toomer's Cane: Self as Montage and the Drive Toward Integration," American Literature. Volume 72, #2 (June 2000). 275-290.

"James Dickey and the Narrative Mode of Transmission: The Sheep Child's Other Realm,"Mississsippi Quarterly. Volume LII, #2 (Spring, 1999). 239-258.


Encyclopedia Entry:


"The Educational System of Iran," World Education Encyclopedia: A Survey of Educational Systems Worldwide. Eds. Rebecca Marlow-Ferguson and Chris Lopez (Gale, 2001)




Multiple manuscripts submitted to national journals for poetry and nonfiction.  The essays, “And When the Water” and “Please Take What You Want” have been revised and resubmitted at request of the editors of Upstreet and The Pinch, respectively.



2002-2006: Arts & Letters, Associate Editor.

2000-2005: Milkwood Review, Co-Founding Editor, Layout Editor.

1995-1999: Prairie Schooner, Editorial Assistant, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Scholarly / Pedagogical:

“The Terrible Borders of the Self:  Minnie Bruce Pratt’s Walking Back Up Depot Street.” Paper, Society for the Study of Southern Literature Biennial Conference.  Williamsburg Virginia,  April 19th, 2008.


"Now and Then: Preservation and Transformation – Authors Examine The Relationship Between Words, Place, Memory, and Time." Paper, Panel and Reading Organizer, Southern Humanities Council Conference, Athens Georgia, February, 2003.

"Narrative and Culture--Border Crossings in Narrative Poetry." Paper and Panel Organizer, Associated Writing Programs Annual Conference, Palm Springs, April, 2001.

"Toys in Classroom." Panel Discussion, FTLC Winter Workshop, Grand Valley State University. January, 2000.

"Intersections: The Composition Classroom as a Meeting Ground for Scholarship
and Creative Writing." Paper and Panel, Creighton Conference for Language and Literature, Omaha, NE, March 12-13, 1998.

"Orpheus and Orphism in Pope's The Dunciad," Conference on Literature and Spirituality, 28-29 October 1995.

"Text and Context: Byron's "A Spirit Passed Before Me," South Central Conference on
Christianity and Literature, 3-5 February 1994.


Creative (Poetry and Nonfiction Readings):

The INKY Reading Series—Nonfiction and Poetry—(Kentucky Arts Council, 2008; Authors, Editors and Composers—Nonfiction—(The University of Cincinnati, 2007); National Poetry Month Celebration—Poetry—(The University of Cincinnati, Clermont College, 2008); The Longwood College Author's Series—Nonfiction--(Longwood College, VA, 2006); The Longwood College Author's Series (Longwood College, VA, 2002); St. Mary's College Author's Series (St. Mary's College, IN, 2002); Hope College Visiting Writer's Series (Hope College, MI, 2001); St. Lawrence College Author's Series (St. Lawrence College, NY 2001); University of South Carolina Beaufort Reading Series ( Beaufort, SC, 2000); The No-Name Readers Series (Lincoln, NE, 1998); Shelterbelt Poetry Series(Omaha, NE, 1998); Chaparral Poetry Series (Lincoln, NE, 1998)
The No-Name Readers Series( Lincoln, NE, 1996); Share Our Strength's 1996 Writer's Harvest Reading,(Lincoln, NE, 1996); The No-Name Readers Series( Lincoln, NE, 1996)
1994 Annual Literary and Academic Conference(Baylor U., Waco, TX, 1994); Breadloaf Writer's Conference Staff Reading (Middlebury, VT, 1993); Breadloaf Writer's Conference Staff Reading (1992).


Fulbright Scholarship
--or the teaching of American Studies at the University of Jordan, Amman Jordan, Department of State, USA. 2003-2004.

Wilson Fellowship, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1998.

Mabel J. Reichenbach Fellowship, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1997.

Walter McDonald Fellowship, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1997.

Nominee, John W. Robinson Award for best graduate scholarly paper, "Narrative
and the Avant-Garde: Jean Toomer's Cane," University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1997.

Vreeland Award for best graduate creative manuscript, "Birds of Garbage" (Poetry),
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1995.

Nominee, John W. Robinson Award for best graduate scholarly paper, "Shelley's 'Julian
and Maddalo'," University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1995.

Breadloaf Writer's Conference Work-Study Scholarship , 1994.

Academy of American Poets Award, "Painting the Garden," (George Garrett, Judge), Baylor University, 1994.

Breadloaf Writer's Conference Work-Study Scholarship , 1993.

Hudson Long Award in Poetry, "Through Herod's Eyes" (Robert Pack, Judge), Baylor University, 1993.

Breadloaf Writer's Conference Work-Study Middlebury Student Scholarship, 1992.




Member, Building and Grounds Committee, UC Clermont College, 2008-2009.

Member, Composition Specialist Hiring Committee, UC Clermont College, 2007-2008.

Member, Generalist Hiring Committee, UC Clermont College, 2007-2008.

Member, Learning Center Staff Hiring Committee, UC Clermont College.  2007-2008.

Member, Foreign Language Search Committee, UC Clermont College.  2008.

Featured Reader, Authors, Editors and Composers—Nonfiction—(The University of Cincinnati, 2007)

Featured Reader, National Poetry Month Celebration—Poetry—(UC Clermont College, 2008)

Member, Writing Across the Curriculum Committee, Kimball Union Academy. 2005-2006.

Member, Curriculum Committee, Georgia Military College.  2003.

Faculty Adviser, Reflections , the student literary magazine of Georgia Military College.  2002.

Co-Faculty Adviser, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, Georgia Military College.  2001-2002.

Faculty Adviser, Opus, the student literary magazine of Hope College.  2000.



French (reading knowledge)


Professor Dinty Moore; 360 Ellis Hall
; Athens, Ohio 45701;  (740) 593-2838;

Professor Robert Pack; 384 Llama Lane; Condon, MT 59826; (406) 754-3198

Professor Stephen C. Behrendt; Department of English; 337B Andrews Hall
University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Lincoln, NE 68588-0333; (402) 472-1806

Professor Kathleen Verduin; 126 East 10th St.; Holland MI, 49423; 616) 395-7134

Professor Robert Vivian; Alma College Dept. of English ; Swanson Academic Center 334; 614 W. Superior St; Alma Michigan, 48801; 989-463-73;