y Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures :: Curtis VanDonkelaar
Michigan State University
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Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Department of Writing
Rhetoric & American Cultures

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Curtis VanDonkelaar

Assistant Professor

Office: 243 Bessey Hall

Email: vandonkc@msu.edu

Twitter: @vandonc



offbeat.msu.edu -- the site for the WRAC literary journal that I advise/teach in WRA 480

Research Areas

Creative Writing, Editing and Publishing, Writing and Culture 


I believe in the abilities and perceptions of all people for creative endeavors. I believe that we can all be creative, engaged scholars and citizens. I believe that literacy enables individuals to operate within cultures and that writing can be a meaningful and admirable social act. I value the transformative nature of writing and I think interjectionally about creativity across disciplines and how practices for invention can be shared between fields and learners.

My writing mentors are as diverse as a National Book Award winner, a mystery novelist, and a former Literary Editor with The Nation. My fiction has appeared with more than twenty journals, including the Western Humanities Review, Vestal Review, Hobart, and DIAGRAM. I’ve been a finalist in national competitions ranging from short-shorts to full story collections, including the Autumn House Fiction Contest, the Puerto del Sol Fiction Contest, The Laurel Review’s Midwestern Fiction Contest, Harpur Palate’s John Gardner Fiction Contest, the Tusculum Review Fiction Contest, Passages North’s Neutrino Prize, and Pulp Literature’s Hummingbird Prize for Flash Fiction. I’ve been nominated for The Best of the Net, twice made the Wigleaf Best Short Fictions longlist, and received positive reviews from The Review Review and Dark Sky Magazine.  


Ph.D. in English/Creative Writing-Fiction--Western Michigan University
MFA in Fiction Writing--Western Michigan University
BA in Music--Grand Valley State University

Representative Work

A few short-shorts: "To Send", The Vestal Review http://www.vestalreview.net/tosend.html

"Another Acceptance", Passages North http://passagesnorth.com/2014/05/another-acceptance/

"Living in Winter Takes Practice and Effort" http://thediagram.com/11_3/vandonkelaar.html

Selected Courses Taught

Current Courses:
WRA 101: Writing as Inquiry
WRA 480: Publication Production 1
WRA 481: Publication Production 2

WRA 110: Writing: Science & Technology
WRA 145: Men in America
WRA 150: The Evolution of American Thought
WRA 195H: Major Topics in American Thought (Honors)
WRA 380: Managing Publication Projects
WRA 470: Editing and Publishing

Research or Academic Affiliations

Board Member, Michigan College English Association