Meet our Core Faculty: Meagan Cass

Meagan Cass
Assistant Professor of English Meagan Cass
Ph.D.: The University of Louisiana Lafayette

Office: 3073

Number: 217-206-8358

Teaching Concentration: Creative Writing (with an emphasis in fiction), Contemporary American and British literature, Composition, ghost stories, Women’s Literature and Feminist Theory, sports literature.

Courses: Introduction to Creative Writing, Introduction to Poetry, Short Fiction Writing, Writing Linked Story Collections, The Business of Creative Writing and Publishing.

Biography: Meagan Cass grew up in Yorktown Heights, NY. She holds a BA in English and Philosophy from Binghamton University, an MFA in fiction from Sarah Lawrence College, and a Ph.D. in English, specializing in Creative Writing and Modern American Literature, from the University of Louisiana Lafayette. She was a founding editor and editor-in-chief of the literary journal Rougarou, has served as head fiction editor for Stirring,and is currently fiction coordinator for the Best of the Net Anthology.

Selected Publications:

  • “Greyhound,” (fiction), NOÖ Journal, forthcoming.
  • “How Mary Lou Retton Took Over Our Lives in the Summer of 1994,” (fiction), Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature, forthcoming.
  • “Jews in Sports,” (fiction), Grist: A Journal for Writers, forthcoming.
  • “Love Song For Ellipticals After Divorce,” (fiction), Stymie: a Journal of Sport and Literature, forthcoming.
  • “Egg Toss, August 1989,” (fiction), SmokeLong Quarterly, Fall 2011.
  • “Calling All Soloflex Men,” (fiction), The Pinch,Fall 2011.
  • “The Night Game,” (fiction), Prism Review, Spring 2011.
  • “Two Girls at Play,” (fiction), Hayden’s Ferry Review, Spring 2011.
  • “Girlhunt, Spring 1999,” (fiction), Devil’s Lake, Spring 2011.

Selected Conference Papers and Readings:

  • “Playing with Ghosts: Uses of the Ghost Story Form in the Fiction Workshop.” The Midwest Modern Language Association. St. Louis, MO. November 3-6, 2011.
  • “The Night Game.” The University of La Verne. Spring 2011.
  • “‘He Thought She was Cute but from Outer space’: Gender and the Comic Grotesque in Lorrie Moore’s Like Life.” The South Central Modern Language Association. Baton Rouge, LA. October 29-31, 2009.
  • “19th Century Divas in the Future Anterior: Female Performance, Desire and Feminist History in Angela Carter’s Nights at the Circus.” The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, Louisville, KY. 2009.
  • Moderator, “Creative Writing: A Reading.” The Louisiana Conference on Language and Literature. Lafayette, LA March 5-8, 2009.
  • Host, The Creative Writing Reading Series. The University of Louisiana Lafayette. 2007-2008.
  • Her current project, The Night Game and Other New American Pastimes, is a collection of short fiction that explores the themes of sports, games, gender, memory, and love in the suburbs of New York City in the late 1980’s and 1990’s.

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