Charles J. Carlise, Jr.



PhD in Literature and Creative Writing
University of Houston: 2012

M.A. in English (Creative Writing Emphasis)
University of California at Davis: 2003

B.A. in English
Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH: 1999



* In One Version of the Story (New Issues, 2016)
* Things We Will Need to Know (in process)

Poetry Chapbooks

* A Broken Escalator Still Isn’t the Stairs (Concrete Wolf, 2011)
* Casual Insomniac (Bateau, 2011)

Books on Pedagogy
* Starting to Learn the Question: A Training Manual for Teachers
(commissioned by Writers in the Schools for national distribution within WITS Alliance, 2011)

Books Edited
* Wish List: How to Fix What’s Wrong with American Politics
(co-editing with Brian Stipelman; anthology of essays, in process)

Poems in Anthologies

* Verse Daily – excerpt from “A Hole of Bones & Thread” (2017)

* Best New Poets 2014 – “I Can Tell You a Story” (ed. Dorianne Laux, University of Virginia Press: 2014, p.81-3)

* Best New Poets 2012 – “A Compendium of Photographs: l’Inconnue de la Seine” (ed. Matthew Dickman, University of Virginia Press: p.27-35)

Berfrois – “This is Where You Are.” Curated photo collaboration with Antonio Bastich.  June 2011.

* Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prizes: Index of Winning Poems (2010) – “Psalm 15 as the Hurricane Takes the Roof,” “Where We Are Tonight,” “Slicing Cucumbers for Salad & the Knife Slips”

* Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prizes: Index of Winning Poems (2008) – “The First Week in Catania,” “Walking Home Alone 1am”

Poems in Journals
* Third Coast – “I Can Tell You a Story” (38/39: Winter 2015, p.158-9)
* Another Chicago Magazine – “Advice for the Rescuer” (53: Spring 2015)
* Zyzzyva – “Last Words” (102: Winter 2014)
* Whiskey Island – “Let Me Tell You a True Story” (61: Spring 2012)
* Iron Horse Literary Review – “A Dozen Riders Arrive on the Binghamton Greyhound” (14.2: National Poetry Month 2012)
* Gigantic Sequins – “The Subject in Context” (3.1: Winter 2011)
* minnesota review – “Antiphony” (77: Winter 2011)
* minnesota review – “One Reason I Don’t Believe in Hell” (77: Winter 2011)
* Southeast Review – “Street Ghazal” (Contest Finalist; 29.1: Winter 2011)

* American Literary Review – “Questions for the Paris Morgue, 1880” (22.1: Spring 2011)
* Southeast Review – “What the City Knows” (28.2: Fall 2010)
* DIAGRAM – “A Death Mask is a Way to Perpetuate the Transitory” (10.3: Summer 2010)
* Hayden’s Ferry Review – “Nudie Photo Hunt” (46: Summer 2010)
* Hayden’s Ferry Review – “Across the Aisle, the Highway Beats as Loud” (46: Summer 2010)
* Quarterly West – “Mechanics” (68: Spring/Summer 2009)
* Confrontation – “Where We Are, Where We Are Not” (105/106: Winter 2009/Spring 2010)
* Fourteen Hills – “Katie Calls on an Evening I Am Not Expecting” (16.1: Spring 2010)

* Southern Review – “Certainty of Repetition” (45.4: Autumn 2009)
* Cimarron Review – “Proximity to What Comes Next” (167: Spring 2009)

* Beloit Poetry Journal – “Breaking Up With Katie Over 8000 Miles” (59.3: Spring 2009)
* Harpur Palate – “After Buying Lunch for a Girl My Age Who I Met on a Greyhound Bus an Hour Ago” (6.2: Winter 2007)

* Red Rock Review – “Night Binghamton” (18: Winter 2006)
* Red Rock Review – “The Edge of Sleep” (18: Winter 2006)
* Maverick Magazine – “A Framework” (12: Winter 2005)
* Poet Lore – “We Name These Things Ourselves” (99.3/4: Fall/Winter 2004)
* Poet Lore – “What Follows” (99.3/4: Fall/Winter 2004)
* Skidrow Penthouse – “Tuesday” (6: Spring 2004)
* Adagio Verse Quarterly – “Andy and I Share a Smoke” (Summer 2004)

* Adagio Verse Quarterly – “My Father Outlives His Father in Years” (Summer 2004)
* Adagio Verse Quarterly – “Omaha Transfer” (Summer 2004)
* Rearview Quarterly – “Showing My Girlfriend a Photo of the House My Parents Wanted to Build” (2.1: Spring 2003)
* Wittenberg Review – “Something in Memory” (26: 1998)
* Wittenberg Review – “This Morning” (26: 1998)

Creative Non-Fiction
* The Poleax – “Three Suggestions for Campus Protest” (June 2017)
* Gulf Coast, Online – “Making Sense of Things” (April 2012)
Pleiades – “A Broken Escalator Still Isn’t the Stairs” (31.1: Winter 2011)
* Pebble Lake Review – “Bosnia By Bus, 2004” (Spring 2008)

Interviews Conducted
* Gulf Coast – Chuck Klosterman, “Do You Think We’ll Be Able to Love Again?” (22.1: Spring 2010, p.224-34)

Interviews Given
* Tiger Media Network Interview, Fort Hays State University/Delta Sigma Tau High Plains Regional Conference, Hays, KS (2017)
* WAYO 104.3 FM, “Flour City Yawp” Interview (with Al Albonado) and on-air Reading.  Rochester, NY (2017)
* KUHF 88.7 FM, “The Front Row” Interview (with Jeanine Walker) and on-air Reading.  Houston, TX (2008)
Academic Essays
* American Library Encyclopedia of Beat Literature.  K. Hemmer, ed. Facts on File: four entries (2006)
* Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature.  Jay Parini, ed.  Oxford Press: three entries (2004)



Reviews of Book, Chapbooks, & other work
2017    Publisher’s Weekly – review of In One Version of the Story
2017    Wittenberg Torch – review of colloquium lecture/reading, Springfield, OH

2017    “Tiger Media Network” – review of residency and reading, Hays, KS
2017    So Crazy it Just Might Work Podcast – “Idea #5” episode utilizes my essay, “Three Suggestions for Campus Protest”
2017    Valparaiso Poetry Review – “Recommended New Book” (In One Version of the Story)
2013    Gigantic Sequins – review of Casual Insomniac
2012    The Review Review – review of poems appearing in Iron Horse Literary Journal
2012    Oh Lighthouse – reviews of poems appearing in minnesota review
2011    “” – review of A Broken Escalator Still Isn’t the Stairs

Recognition for Book Manuscript
2015    New Issues Press, Editor’s Choice (*included publication)
2015    Sawtooth Prize, Ahsahta Press: Finalist
2014    Hudson Prize in Poetry, Black Lawrence Press: Finalist/Runner-Up
2014    YesYes Press Prize in Poetry: Finalist
2014    Field Prize in Poetry, Oberlin College Press: Finalist
2014    Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize:  Finalist
2014    Joanna Cargill Award, Coconut Press:  Honorable Mention
2014    Poets Out Loud Book Prize, Fordham University Press: Finalist
2014    Crab Orchard Book Series: Finalist
2014    Fence Modern Poets Series: Honored Entrant/Finalist
2014    Barrow Street Poetry Prize: Finalist
2013    Phillip Levine Prize in Poetry, Anhinga: Semi-Finalist
2013    Robert Dana Prize, Anhinga: Finalist
2013    Colorado Prize for Poetry, University of Colorado Press: Finalist
2013    Field Prize in Poetry, Oberlin College Press: Finalist
2013    Brittingham and Pollak Prizes in Poetry, University of Wisconsin: Semi-Finalist

Teaching Awards/Recognition
2014    Olive B. O’Connor Teaching Fellowship, Colgate University, Finalist

2011    UH Teaching Excellence Award: First-Year Composition, Commended Finalist
2007    UH Graduate Teaching Fellowship (renewable), 2007-12

Other Awards & Recognition
2015    Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Tuition Scholarship: Nominee

2014    Best New Poets 2014 Selection
2014    University of Wisconsin Halls/Middlebrook Poetry Fellowship, Finalist
2014    Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Residency Fellowship Semifinalist
2014    Red Hen Poetry Award: Finalist
2012    InPrint/Paul Verlaine Prize in Poetry ($10,000)
2012    Best New Poets 2012 Selection

2012    Iron Horse, National Poetry Month Feature Issue
2011    Bateau Press “Boom Chapbook Contest,” Winner (Casual Insomniac)
2011    Concrete Wolf Poetry Chapbook Series, Winner (A Broken Escalator Still Isn’t the Stairs)
2011    Concrete Wolf Poetry Chapbook Series, Finalist (Proximity to What Comes Next)
2011    Pushcart Prize Nomination (six poems nominated)
2011    Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation, Poetry Prize ($1,000)
2012    InPrint Writing Fellowship ($5,000)
2011    Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Residency Fellowship Semifinalist

2011    Carson McCullers Center, “Smith Writing Fellowship” First Runner-Up
2011    UH Dissertation Completion Grant, C.L.A.S.S., CWP Nominee
2010    Omnidawn Chapbook Contest, Finalist (A Broken Escalator Still Isn’t the Stairs)
2010    Omnidawn Chapbook Contest, Finalist (Proximity to What Comes Next)
2010    Southeast Review Poetry Contest, Finalist

2010    Tin House Summer Writing Workshop, Scholarship Award
2010    The Pinch Poetry Contest, Finalist
2010    Phoebe/Greg Grummer Poetry Contest, Finalist (two poems recognized)
2010    Summer Literary Seminars, Scholarship Award
2010    Squaw Valley Writers Workshops, Scholarship Award
2010    St. Petersburg Review International Poetry Contest, Finalist
2009    Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation, Poetry Prize ($1,000)
2009    Phoebe/Greg Grummer Poetry Contest, Finalist (two poems recognized)
2008    Wildacres Retreat, NC, Residency Fellowship
2008    Writer’s Colony at Dairy Hollow, AR, Residency Fellowship
2008   Indiana Review Open Poetry Contest, Finalist
2008    Nimrod Open Poetry Contest, Finalist
2007    Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fellowship ($5,000)
2004    Atlanta Review International Poetry Competition, Honorable Mention
2004   Adagio Verse Quarterly Editor’s Choice Award
2004    ByLine Magazine Winter Poetry Contest, 2nd Place
2004    ByLine Magazine Free Verse Poetry Contest, 3rd Place
2003    New Letters Poetry Prize, First Runner-Up (Judge: Albert Goldbarth)
2003    Celeste Turner Wright Poetry Award (Academy of American Poets)
2003    University of California “Poet Laureate” Award: Honorable Mention
1999    Sherwood Anderson Award for Fiction, Wittenberg University
1999    Ostrum Endowed Award for Expository Writing, Wittenberg University
1999    University Poetry Award, Wittenberg University
1999    Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society, Wittenberg University
1999    Phi Sigma Tau National Philosophy Honor Society, Wittenberg University


*More information on university teaching & pedagogy available here*

University of California, Santa Cruz  (2004, 2012-present)

(Responsibilities also include training first-time Teaching Assistants and coordinating undergraduate Writing Tutors)
.     Porter College Core – “Art in a Multi-Cultural Society”
.     Merrill College Core – “Cultural Identities & Global Consciousness”
.     Merrill 180: “Research Skills for College & Beyond”
.     Writing 1: “Introduction to Composition”
.     Writing 2: “A History of Cool: American Counterculture & the Modern Era”
.     Writing 20: “The Nature of Written Discourse”
.     Writing 21: “Meaning & Style: The Sentence in Context”
.     Writing 23: “Grammar & Rhetoric: Language for Writing”
.     Independent Study Supervisor

Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth (2006-07, 2015-present)
(Courses feature optional university credit)
.     “Creative Nonfiction”
.     “Writing About Place”
.     “Crafting the Essay”
Online Writing Instructor

.     “Crafting the Essay”

University of Houston  (2007-12)
Teaching Fellow
.     Creative Writing Workshop  “Multi-Genre Workshop”
.     Senior Honors Thesis (committee member)
.     Literature & Culture:  “The Beat Generation & American Culture”
.     Introduction to Drama
.     Introduction to Poetry
.     Composition II: Rhetoric & Argument
.     Composition I: Expository Writing
Tutor:  UH Writing Center

.     Writing Tutor
.     Small Group Composition Tutor (in coordination with HRMA program.
Teaching Assistant: UH College of Technology

.     Master’s Thesis Workshop

University of California, Davis  (2001-03)
Teaching Fellow

.     Introduction to Literary Criticism: “Foundations: Plato to Wilde”
.     Topics in Literature: “The 20th Century Novel”
.     Introduction to Poetry & Poetics
.     Creative Writing Workshop: “Poetry”
.     Humanities I: “Gender & Genesis
.     Humanities I: “The Divine Comedy
.     Humanities I: “The Year 1968”


Fort Hayes State University (2017)
.     Writer-in-Residence

Wittenberg University (2017)
.     Writer-in-Residence

Writers in the Schools (WITS), Portland Public Schools (2013)
.     Writer-in-Residence:  Creative Writing

BoldFACE Writers Conference, Houston, TX  (2010-11)
(*note: conference serves primarily post-baccalaureate/pre-MFA writers)
.     Instructor: Non-Fiction Workshop: “Finding the Heartbeat”
.     Instructor: Poetry Workshop:  “Learning Your Own Voice”

Summer Creative Writing Workshops, Houston, TX (2009-11)
Writer-in-Residence:  Creative Writing 

Writers in the Schools (WITS), Houston Independent School District (2007-12)
Writer-in-Residence:  Creative Writing

Lawrence (KS) Public Schools (2004)
Writer-in-Residence:  Creative Writing


Keynote Speaker, Sigma Tau Delta Regional Conference, Hays, KS (2017)
Judge, National Day of Writing Poetry Contest, For Hays State University (2017)
Host/Emcee, Conference Open Mic, Sigma Tau Delta, Regional Conference, Hays, KS (2017)
Writer-in-Residence, Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS (2017)
Colloquium Speaker, Wittenberg University English Department, Springfield, OH (2017)
Writer-in-Residence, Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH (2017)
Co-Editor with Brian Stipelman, Wish List: How to Fix What’s Wrong with American Politics (currently in process)
Non-Fiction Editor, Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature & Fine Arts (2008-10)
Tin House Summer Workshop, Portland, OR (with D. A. Powell) (2010)
Writer-in-Residence, “Wildacres Retreat,” Wildacres, NC (2008)
Writer-in-Residence, “Writer’s Colony at Dairy Hollow,” AR (2008)

Nebraska Summer Writer’s Conference, Lincoln, NE (with Kim Addonizio) (2008)
UH Studio Series Residency: with Lisa Lewis (2008)
Reader, Fiction and Poetry, Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature & Fine Arts (2007-11)
UH Studio Series Residency:  with Maurice Manning (2007)
Tin House Summer Workshop, Portland, OR (with Nick Flynn) (2006)
Poet-in-Residence, Lawrence Public School System, Lawrence, KS (2004)
Babilonia Language School, student, Taormina, Italy (2003)
Senior Editor, Swan Scythe Press Poetry Chapbook Competition (2002, 2003)

“Talking to the Animals” Group Study, UCDavis Nature & Culture Center (2002)
Witt Series Writing Residency: with Martin Lamon (1999)
Editor in Chief, Wittenberg Review of Literature and Art (1999)


Writing Program General Education Committee, UCSC (2017-present)
Writing Program Entry Level Writing (ELWR) Committee, UCSC (2016-17)
Writing Program Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Mentorship Committee, UCSC (2015-16)
Mentorship/Advising Course Instructional Assistants, UCSC (2004, 2012-present)
Advisor, Senior Honors Theses, UH Creative Writing Program (2011-12)
Curriculum Development, UH Center for Teaching Excellence (2011-12)
Pedagogy Presentation and Panel, UH Teaching Conference (2011)
Training Seminar for Teachers (facilitator) WITS, Houston, TX (2011)
Elected CWP Graduate Student Representative, Univ. of Houston (2008-10)
CWP Faculty Hiring Committee, Univ. of Houston (2008-10)
Development Intern, University of Houston Writing Center (2008)
Board of Directors, “The Next Word Literary Center,” Portland (2005-07)
Judge, Ina Coldbarth Memorial Prize for Poetry, Davis, CA (2003)



* Panel Discussions 
“Getting Started and Getting Through: Writing in a Distracting World.” Writing Circles Discussion, Forsythe Library, Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS (2017)
.     Other panelists included: James Austin, Writing Circles participants

“John Steinbeck & Of Mice and Men.” Benefit for Santa Cruz Young Writers Program.  Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA  (2016)
.     Panelists included: Susan Shillinglaw (Dir. of National Steinbeck Center), Daisy Martin (Dir. of History/Social Studies Performance Assessment at Stanford), Chuck Carlise (UCSC Lecturer in Writing)

“The Writer’s Life.” BoldFace Conference Panel.  M.D. Anderson Library, University of Houston, TX (2011)
.     Panelists included BoldFace Writers Conference Faculty.

“The Big Questions: Grad School, Revision, and Teaching as a Writer.” BoldFace Conference Panel.  M.D. Anderson Library, University of Houston, TX (2010)
.     Panelists included BoldFace Writers Conference Faculty.

* Lectures and Papers Presented 

“I Have a Confession to Make: Multi-Genre Public Writing Workshop”
Forsythe Library, Public Writing Workshop, Hays, KS (2017)

“The Devil in the Details: Joyce Carol Oates and Arnold Friend”
Fort Hays University, Guest Lecture, Hays, KS (2017)

“How do We Get There from Here? Character and Fiction Writing”
Fort Hays State University, Guest Lecture, Hays, KS (2017)

“Another Kind of Home: Marilyn Robinson’s Housekeeping
Fort Hays University, Guest Lecture, Hays, KS (2017)

“It Matters How You Live: What is a Writer’s Life?”
Wittenberg University, Guest Lectures, Springfield, OH (2017)

“Into That Story: The Poetic Sequence and the Thread”
Guest Lecture, Fort Hayes University, Hayes, KS (2015)

“Debates & Dry-Runs: Teaching Composition by Not Teaching Composition”
University of Houston, Teaching Conference, Houston, TX (2011)

“Tiny Beautiful Things: Teaching the Four-Part Writing Lesson”
WITS Fall Writer’s Training, Houston, TX (2011)

“Thresholds & Collisions: Toward Urgency in Poetry Writing”
University of Houston, Guest Lecture/Craft Talk, Houston, TX (2011)

Let Me Tell You a Little About Me: Narcissism, Non-Fiction & Finding a Story to Tell”
BoldFACE Writer’s Conference, Craft Talk, Houston, TX (2011)

“This Exact Spot in Space:  Lyric, Fragmentia, & the Poem as Constellation”
BoldFACE Writer’s Conference, Craft Talk, Houston, TX (2010)

The Best Minds of Whose Generation?: Relevance & the Beats in the 21st Century”
Wittenberg University, Guest Lecture, Springfield, OH (2004)

“Rebellion, the Dead, & the Culture of Cool: Counterculture & Credibility in America”
Southwest/Texas Pop Culture & American Culture Association Annual Meeting, Albequerque, NM (2002)

“De-Composing Naomi: Grief & Resolution in Allen Ginsberg’s ‘Kaddish’”
National Undergraduate Literature Conference, Ogden, UT (1999) 

Selected Poetry/Literary Readings

* More information on readings available here*

* Sigma Tau Delta Regional Conference, Keynote Speaker, Hays, KS (2017)
* Wittenberg Colloquium Series, Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH (2017)
* Indy Reads Books, Indianapolis, IN (2017)
* Trident Booksellers & Cafe, Boston, MA (2017)
* Pete’s Big Salmon Reading, (with David Eye, Martha Rhodes), Pete’s Candy Shop, Brooklyn, NY (2017)
* Wild Writers Poetry Salon, Poetry Jazz Cafe, Toronto, ON (2017)
* Poetry in Akron, Blue Door Gallery, Akron, OH (2017)
* Curbside Books & Records (with C.Russell Price, Holly Amos, Meredith Maltby, Erin Watson), Chicago, IL (2017)
* Literati Books (with Susanna Lang), Ann Arbor, MI (2017)
* With Poetry Reading Series (with Jeremy Glazier), Milo Arts Center, Columbus, OH (2017)
* Flour City Yawp, Radio Interview and Reading, Rochester, NY (2017)
* Voyageur Book Shop, Milwaukee, WI (2017)
* Art Bar Poetry Series (with Pearl Pirie, Darrell Epp), Free Times Cafe, Toronto, Ontario (2017)
* Sundays at Erv’s (with Alexandra Watson, Nina Boutsikaris, YZ Chin), Erv’s on Beekman, Brooklyn, NY (2017)
* City Books (with Jason Kirin), Pittsburgh, PA (2017)
* Show & Tell Reading Night, SE 58th Café, Portland, OR (2013)
* Poetry Night, Featured Reader, Bellingham, WA (2012)

* InPrint Prize Winners Reading.  Houston, TX (2012)
* This is Beautiful, This is Beautiful: Six Small Presses.  Simone’s, Chicago, IL (2012)
* Word for Word Series (with Kevin Prufer and Edward Porter).  14 Pews, Houston, TX (2011)
* BoldFACE Faculty Reading (with Rebecca Wadlinger).  Honors College, M.D. Anderson Library, Houston, TX (2011)
* Gulf Coast Reading Series, (with Ryler Dustin and Quincy Flowers).  Brazo’s Bookstore, Houston, TX (2011)
* BoldFACE Faculty Reading (with Adam Peterson).   Honors College, M.D. Anderson Library, Houston, TX (2010)
* Poison Pen Reading Series: Gulf Coast Editors’ Reading.  Poison Girl.  Houston, TX (2009)
* Poison Pen Reading Series (with Michael Dumanis).  Poison Girl.  Houston, TX (2009)
* Dairy Hollow Fellows Reading.  Writer’s Colony at Dairy Hollow, Eureka Springs, AR (2008)
* Poison Pen Reading Series: Gulf Coast Editors’ Reading.  Poison Girl.  Houston, TX (2008)
* KUHF 88.7 FM, “The Front Row” Interview and Reading.  Houston, TX (2008)
* Gulf Coast Reading Series (with Jeanine Walker and David Lombardi).  Brazo’s Bookstore, Houston, TX (2008)
* Alberta Street Readers, (with Arlo Voorhies).  Alberta Street Public House, Portland, OR (2007)
* Bold-Sky Poetry Series (with Brittany Baldwin).  Bold-Sky Café, Portland, OR (2006)
* Poet-in-Residence Readings.  Various locations, Lawrence, KS (2004)
* Winter Reading Series (with Kirsten Lundstrum and Christien Gholson).  Café Roma, Davis, CA (2003)
* Winter Reading Series (with Mark Pearson and Jodi Angel).  Café Roma, Davis, CA (2002)



Field Manager, Working America (2006)
Training and campaign coordination during 2006 mid-term elections
Portland, OR

Assistant Director, Fund for Public Interest Research (2005)
Hiring, training, and supervision of sixty-member staff and $450,000 budget
Portland, OR

Housemaster/Instructor, Summer Institute for the Gifted (1999-2004)
Residential director of forty high school boys; training and coordination for staff of six counselors; primary instructor for four academic courses/session
Various campuses



References available upon request