James Engelhardt

James Engelhardt

Lecturer, English

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James Engelhardt is the author of Bone Willows, a poetry collection published by Boreal Books, an imprint of Red Hen Press. His poetry has appeared in North American Review, Natural Bridge, Terrain.org, Lilies and Cannonballs Review, and many other journals. His critical work has appeared in the Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, Mid-America Review, and Creative Pedagogies for the Twenty-First Century (co-written with Jeremy Schraffenberger). His ecopoetry manifesto, “The Language Habitat,” can be found online.

He is returning to Furman after a career in literary and academic publishing, including a five-year stint as the acquisitions editor at the University of Alaska Press. His creative research focuses on ecopoetry and place-based writing as well as games and gaming. His scholarly interests include writing pedagogy (first-year and creative), ecocriticism, and Appalachian Studies.


  • Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • M.F.A., West Virginia University
  • B.A., Wofford College