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Assistant Professor

University of Central Oklahoma


Tobias Wray, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of English specializing in creative writing, with research interests in experimental poetics, queer and speculative literatures, and literary translation. His collection of poems, No Doubt I Will Return a Different Man, won the CSU Poetry Center’s Lighthouse Poetry Series Competition. Other work has appeared widely in journals including The Georgia Review, Meridian, Bellingham Review, Hunger Mountain and elsewhere. His work has been anthologized in Queer Nature: A Poetry Anthology (Autumn House Press) and in Poetry Is Bread (Nirala).

He served as director of undergraduate and graduate creative writing programs at the University of Idaho until 2021. He was also a poetry editor for Cream City Review and, until 2017, helped to coordinate Eat Local :: Read Local, a program that partners restaurants with regional poets for National Poetry Month. From 2009 to 2013, he organized the 9 by the Light reading series in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He holds a Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he was a James A. Sappenfield Fellow. He also holds an M.F.A. in poetry and translation from the University of Arkansas’s Program in Creative Writing and Translation.

At UCO, he helps advise the English department’s graduate and undergraduate creative writing programs. He also teaches various courses in the department, including Introduction to Creative Writing and Poetry Writing. He is currently working on a new manuscript of poems, a book review of the poet A.E. Stallings’ selected works, and a prose project on the sublime.

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2-4:30 p.m. Tuesday and 8:30-11 a.m. Wednesday, and by appointment. 

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