Associate Professor of English
Office: Knutti 217
Areas of Specialization
Creative Writing, Contemporary Poetry, Continental Philosophy, African Literature, Gothic Literature, Postmodern Literature
Dr. James Pate joined the English Department in the fall of 2010. He earned his B.A. in English at the University of Memphis and his M.F.A at the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. He also has a Ph.D. in English with a creative writing dissertation from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Pate is a poet and fiction writer whose work has appeared in La Petite Zine, storySouth, Cream City Review, Black Warrior Review, Blue Mesa Review, Berkeley Fiction Review, Pembroke Magazine, Juked, and Bayou Magazine, among other places. He is the author of The Fassbinder Diaries (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2013), a poetry collection inspired by the films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder. His book Flowers Among the Carrion: Essays on the Gothic in Contemporary Poetry is forthcoming from the Action Books Salvo Series. His novel Speed of Life will be published by 280 Steps in the spring of 2017.