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Creative Writing Faculty

Permanent Faculty

Beachy, Kyle
Faculty site:
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Literature and Languages
Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing
Chicago phone: 312-341-2221
Chicago room: AUD739

Kyle Beachy is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative writing. He earned his B.A. in Philosophy and English from Pomona College and his M.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Beyond introductory and advanced creative writing, his primary teaching interests involve late-twentieth century American authors such as Don DeLillo, David Foster Wallace, Lydia Davis, David Markson, along with authors of cyberpunk science fiction and theory. He is the author of the novel The Slide (The Dial Press, 2009) and his short fiction has appeared in Pank, Hobart, Another Chicago Magazine, The Collagist, as a Featherproof Mini-Book and elsewhere. He has also published numerous book reviews and essays on contemporary literature in St. Louis Magazine, The Chicagoan, The Collagist, and the anthology, The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books. Along with ongoing publication of short fiction, he is currently at work on a second novel.

Buccola, Regina

Faculty site:

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Literature and Languages

Associate Professor of English

Chicago phone: 312-341-2400

Chicago room: AUD 742

Regina Buccola earned a BA in English from Bellarmine University, an MA in English literature from the University of Kentucky, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interests and teaching areas include Shakespearean-era drama, twentieth-century feminist drama, feminist literary and performance theory, and British and American poetry. Buccola has published essays on British Renaissance drama in Sixteenth-Century Journal, Early Theatre Journal, the online journal Borrowers and Lenders, and in several essay collections. She is the author of Fairies, Fractious Women and the Old Faith: Fairy Lore in Early Modern British Drama and Culture (Susquehanna University Press, 2006), the editor of A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Critical Guide (Continuum Press, 2009), and co-editor with Lisa Hopkins of Marian Moments in Early Modern Drama (Ashgate Press, 2007). Buccola has published poetry in a variety of regional journals as well as a chapbook, Conjuring (Finishing Line Press, 2009). She has written, directed, and performed in original pieces at Link's Hall, Live Bait Theater, No Exit Café, The Writer's Workspace, and at various art galleries and museums throughout Chicago.  With fellow Roosevelt instructor Joe Fedorko, she is a founding member of the political sketch comedy troupe Democracy Burlesque.

Christian TeBordo

TeBordo, Christian 
Faculty site: 
College of Arts and Sciences 
Department of Literature and Languages
Director of the MFA Program and Assistant Professor of English
Chicago phone: 312-341-2417
Chicago room: AUD558

Christian TeBordo earned a BA with a concentration in Languages and Literature from Bard College and an MFA from Syracuse University where he was a fellow in fiction. He is the author of three novels — The Conviction and Subsequent Life of Savior Neck, Better Ways of Being Dead, and We Go Liquid — and a collection of short stories called The Awful Possibilities. His fiction has appeared in Ninth Letter, Avery Anthology, The Collagist, The Diagram, La Petite Zine, and 3rd Bed, among others. He is the recipient of a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and was a finalist for a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. Prior to joining the Roosevelt MFA program, he worked in strategic communications at Drexel University in Philadelphia, and taught at Bryn Mawr College, the University of the Arts, and Temple University.

Wondra, Janet

Faculty site:

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Literature and Languages

Associate Professor of English & Film Studies

Chicago phone: 312-341-3770

Chicago room: AUD758

Janet Wondra holds a BA in philosophy from UCLA, an MA in English and creative writing from San Francisco State University, and two degrees from Louisiana State University: an MFA in poetry and a Ph.D. in American literature and film theory. An award-winning film and video maker, she has screened her work at film festivals and museums in the United States and Europe. Her poetry and creative nonfiction have appeared in such journals as The Southern Review, Denver Quarterly, Michigan Quarterly Review, and The Christian Science Monitor as well as in Short Takes: Brief Encounters with Contemporary Nonfiction and In the Middle of the Middle West: Literary Nonfiction from the Heartland. Her scholarly work has appeared in Wide Angle, The Faulkner Journal, Journal of Film and Video, ADE Bulletin, and International Journal of the Humanities. Her teaching emphasizes cultural and gender representations in film and literature, and she has a particular interest in issues of region and race in American modernism. Before arriving at Roosevelt, she taught at the University of Georgia, LSU, San Francisco State, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Visiting Writers

Beyond the Reading Series, Roosevelt frequently brings Visiting Writers and/or Writers in Residence to campus for one or more semesters. These writers teach graduate-level workshops during their time at Roosevelt, and may also advise student theses.

The Spring 2014 Visiting Writer will be announced shortly.

English Faculty

Many of the courses in literature and theory, as well as teaching internships, available to students in the MFA program are offered by the English department. For a complete list of faculty and their specialties, visit the English department’s Meet the Faculty page.