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Kevin Oderman


Ph.D. 1980, University of California at Santa Barbara

Office: 140 Colson Hall
Tel: 293-9728
Fax: 293-5380

Kevin Oderman is one of the few professors in the Department of English who wears a hat. It’s fair to surmise he has a number of hats at home. It’s rumored he even owns ball caps (worn exclusively bill forward). That it’s an array of hats rather than one single hat might be significant. He’s prey to enthusiasms. As an undergraduate, he thought English majors lived exclusively in coffeehouses. He did not yet like coffee; he studied other things. For his M.A., he focused on Medieval and Renaissance literature. For his Ph.D., Romantics, Modern European Novel, and Ezra Pound. For a while he wrote criticism on modern American poetry, then postmodern. Then he started writing literary nonfiction. Then a couple of novels. Then some more literary nonfiction. A book of his literary essays on travel is forthcoming. He’s still buying hats.


Creative Writing
American Poetry
American Literature

Composition & Rhetoric
Creative Writing
Literary and Cultural Studies
Professional Writing and Editing
the WVU Writing Center

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December 6: English 418 Capstone Reading, 5:30 p.m.,130 Colson Hall

March 20: Mary Moore Reading, 7:30 p.m., Robinson Reading Room WVU Downtown Library

April 10: Clare Beams Reading, 7:30 p.m., Robinson Reading Room WVU Downtown Library

April 20: Calliope Reading, 7:30 p.m., 130 Colson Hall

April 27: MFA Reading, 7:30 p.m., Gold Ballroom, WVU Mountainlair